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The Social Security (Industrial Injuries) (Prescribed Diseases) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000

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1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Social Security (Industrial Injuries) (Prescribed Diseases) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000 and shall come into operation on 10th July 2000.

(2) In these Regulations “the principal Regulations” means the Social Security (Industrial Injuries) (Prescribed Diseases) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1986(1).

Amendment of the principal Regulations

2.—(1) The principal Regulations shall be amended in accordance with paragraphs (2) to (6) of this regulation.

(2) In regulation 2 (prescription of diseases and injuries and occupations for which they are prescribed)—

(a)in paragraph (a) for “paragraphs (b) and (c)” there shall be substituted “the following provisions of this regulation”; and

(b)after paragraph (d)(2) there shall be added the following paragraph—

(e)cataract is not prescribed unless the person was employed in employed earner’s employment in an occupation set out in the second column of paragraph A2 of Part I of Schedule 1 to these regulations for a period or periods amounting in aggregate to not less than 5 years..

(3) In regulation 23 (time for claiming benefit in respect of occupational deafness)—

(a)in paragraph (2)(3) after “worked” there shall be inserted “in employed earner’s employment”; and

(b)in paragraph (2)(a) for “been employed” there shall be substituted “worked in employed earner’s employment”.

(4) In regulation 25(1)(c)(4) (further claims in respect of occupational deafness) after “worked” there shall be inserted “in employed earner’s employment”.

(5) In regulation 34 (time for claiming benefit in respect of occupational asthma)—

(a)in paragraph (1) after “worked” there shall be inserted “in employed earner’s employment”;

(b)in paragraph (2) for “be employed” there shall be substituted “work in employed earner’s employment”;

(c)in paragraph (4) after “worked” there shall be inserted “in employed earner’s employment”; and

(d)in paragraph (5) after “worked” there shall be inserted “in employed earner’s employment”.

(6) In Part I of Schedule 1 (list of prescribed diseases and the occupations for which they are prescribed)—

(a)for the entry relating to the disease numbered A1 (inflammation, ulceration or malignant disease of the skin) there shall be substituted the following entry—

(i)in the first column, the following disease—

A1.  Leukaemia (other than chronic lymphatic leukaemia) or cancer of the bone, female breast, testis or thyroid.; and

(ii)in the second column, against the disease numbered A1—

  • Exposure to electro-magnetic radiations (other than radiant heat) or to ionising particles where the dose is sufficient to double the risk of the occurrence of the condition.;

(b)in the entry relating to the disease numbered A2 (heat cataract)—

(i)in the first column “Heat” shall be omitted; and

(ii)in the second column, against the disease numbered A2, there shall be substituted the following entry—

  • Frequent or prolonged exposure to radiation from red-hot or white-hot material.; and

(c)in the entry relating to the disease numbered D12(5) (chronic bronchitis or emphysema, or both) in the first column for head (i) there shall be substituted the following head—

(i)at least one litre below the appropriate mean value predicted, obtained from the following prediction formulae which give the mean values predicted in litres—

  • for a man, where the measurement is made without back-extrapolation, (3.62 × height in metres) – (0.031 × age in years) – 1.41; or, where the measurement is made with back-extrapolation, (3.71 × height in metres) – (0.032 × age in years) – 1.44;

  • for a woman, where the measurement is made without back-extrapolation, (3.29 × height in metres) – (0.029 × age in years) – 1.42; or, where the measurement is made with back-extrapolation, (3.37 × height in metres) – (0.030 × age in years) – 1.46; or.

Transitional provision

3.—(1) The amendments made by regulation 2(3) and (4) of these Regulations shall not apply in relation to a claim made within 3 months after the commencement date and the amendments made by regulation 2(2)(b), (5) and (6) of these Regulations shall not apply where the date of onset of the relevant disease is prior to the commencement date and the claim is made within 3 months after that date.

(2) The amendments made by regulation 2(2)(b) and (6) of these Regulations shall not apply in the case of a person—

(a)who had an assessment of disablement in respect of the relevant disease for a period up to the date 3 months after the commencement date; or

(b)in respect of whom a decision in relation to a relevant disease on a claim for disablement benefit made before or within 3 months after the commencement date is revised or superseded after that date under Article 10 or 11 of the Social Security (Northern Ireland) Order 1998(6) resulting in an assessment,

during any period when there is in respect of him a continuous assessment of disablement in respect of that disease, and for this purpose two or more assessments, one of which begins on the day following the end of a preceding assessment, shall be treated as continuous.

(3) The amendments made by regulation 2(2)(b) and (6)(a) and (b) of these Regulations shall not apply in the case of a person—

(a)who had an assessment of disablement in respect of the relevant disease for a period which ended before or within 3 months after the commencement date;

(b)who suffers a further attack of that relevant disease before or within 3 months after the commencement date;

(c)who makes a claim for disablement benefit in respect of that disease after the commencement date; and

(d)in respect of whom it is decided under regulation 7 of the principal Regulations(7) (recrudescence) that the further attack is a recrudescence of that disease.

(4) In this regulation—

“commencement date” means the date on which these Regulations come into operation;

“relevant disease” means the disease referred to in the amendment, or the regulation of the principal Regulations which is amended by the amendment.

Sealed with the Official Seal of the Department for Social Development on 14th June 2000.

L.S.

John O'Neill

Senior Officer of the

Department for Social Development

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