The BKDP suggests that COVID-19 shall be recognized to be an occupational disease
The Belarusian Congress of Democratic Trade Unions appealed to the Prime Minister of Belarus Roman Golovchenko with a suggestion to recognize the SARS – CoV – 2 to be a dangerous factor in professional activities, and the COVID disease – to be an occupational disease.
No. 13 dated August 5, 2021
to the Prime Minister of Belarus
Dear Roman Aleksandrovich!
The Belarusian Congress of Democratic Trade Unions (BKDP) Association appeals to you with a suggestion to recognize the SARS – CoV – 2 to be a dangerous factor in professional activities, and the COVID disease – to be an occupational disease.
According to the ILO recommendation, covid-19 and post-traumatic stress disorder can be considered to be occupational diseases if they arise during the course of work. Workers who have suffered from such conditions and who have lost their ability to work as a result of activities related to their professional activities should be provided with medical care and related services, in accordance with the Provision for Accident at Work and Occupational Disease Convention, 1964 (No. 121). Family members (spouses and children) who were dependents of persons who died from COVID-19, if they became infected during their work activities, are entitled to a cash benefit or compensation, as well as reimbursement of expenses or a funeral benefit.
Complications that Covid-19 causes:
1. Pulmonary fibrosis;
2. Viral myocarditis;
3. Chronic pulmonary insufficiency;
4. Damage to the walls of blood vessels, the formation and separation of blood clots
5. Kidney damage;
6. Liver damage;
7. Pseudomambranous colitis;
8. Inflammation of the nerve endings;
10. Deterioration of vision;
11. Weakening of immunity;
Recognizing COVID-19 infection in the workplace to be an occupational disease will ensure the worker’s right to represent his/her interests, the right to health and safety, to apply the agreed upon risk reduction measures, to provide adequate medical care, and compensation schemes for Covid-19 occupational victims and their families. The implementation of this suggestion will help reduce the risk of morbidity, the severity of the disease, complications leading to disability and death.