News Life and Health15 Aug 2018

South Korea:Govt eases burden on semiconductor workers afflicted by job-related illnesses

15 Aug 2018

Factory workers who help produce semiconductors or TV display screens applying for industrial accident insurance compensation for cancer or other illnesses brought on by their jobs will either no longer be required to submit an epidemiological investigation, or have to submit to a simple investigation.

The Ministry of Employment and Labour has revealed that for eight types of severe diseases already identified in court rulings as being correlated with jobs related to semiconductors and display screens, it will ease the patient’s burden of having to prove the link between illness and work in the process of filing insurance claims, Korea Bizwire reports.

The eight types of occupational illnesses include leukemia, multiple sclerosis, aplastic anemia, ovarian cancer, malignant lymphoma, breast cancer, and lung cancer.

The ministry says that in addition to the eight illnesses identified, other diseases will be added to the list of occupational illnesses if relevant court rulings and other proof can be provided.

In the past, employees working in semiconductor and display production had to produce epidemiological surveys to identify work procedures, duration of work, chemicals used for work, and their level of exposure to chemicals. This process is to be omitted in the future.

Although an epidemiological investigation can help prove a link between occupational tasks and illness, the process typically delays claims payments by more than six months, which experts have pointed out has become a big burden to patients suffering from serious diseases.




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