Classification of disability
These are described as follows:
As has been mentioned above, one of the risks provided for in the occupational health program is partial or total disability, an event that reduces the worker?s labor capacity and thus, his income. For the purposes of classifying the type and degree of disability, which are the elements that will be used to determine the type of monetary benefit to be awarded, the National Social Security Administration, insurance companies, and agencies that undertake the risks of disability and survivors carry out the necessary classification. In the event of dispute, the regional and national disability boards make the classification.
What are Disability Classification Boards?
These are autonomous bodies and are private groups with no legal personality. Their members are appointed by the Department of Social Protection and their decisions have binding force (Decree 2463/01). They are responsible for deciding on the status and origin of the disability, illness or death, in the event there are disputes over the findings of the National Social Security Administration, insurance companies, and agencies that undertake the risks of disability and death. The Regional Boards are responsible for the decisions and appeals go before the National Boards. The Boards operate under the authorization of the Department of Social Protection, which supervises and oversees them.
National Committee on Occupational Health
This is a consultative body under the Department of Social Protection and provides advice to the National Council on Worker?s Compensation on matters of occupational health. There are sectional and local occupational health committees, which are responsible for the territory covered by the Regional Division of the Department of Social Protection and for municipalities where the population density justifies their participation.
Cooperation in the Occupational Health Program
There are areas in the program where cooperation exists in terms of the benefits or operations related to pensions and health. These relationships are complementary and are set out in the following charts: