Permanent Disability Evaluation Schedule Review

On behalf of WorkSafeBC –>

Our Policy, Regulation and Research Division is releasing a discussion paper on the Permanent Disability Evaluation Schedule (PDES) Review with options and draft policy to stakeholders for comment.

The PDES is a guide set out in policy and is used to assess a worker’s entitlement to permanent partial disability benefits granted under the loss of function method. The PDES is reviewed every two years to ensure it remains current with medical and scientific methods and approaches to disability assessment.

The PDES Review proposes changes to the Vision Disability section of the PDES concerning photophobia. The changes include revising the ratings for photophobia and adding criteria to the policy. These changes are proposed to ensure policy reflects the nature and degree of the condition and best practices in the field of ophthalmology and ophthalmology assessment.

The discussion paper, with options and draft policy, as well as information on how to provide feedback can be found here:

Proposed policy amendments regarding Permanent Disability Evaluation Schedule Review

You’re invited to provide feedback on the options until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 6, 2021. The Board of Directors will consider stakeholder feedback before making a decision onthe proposed policy.

Policy, Regulation and Research Division
WorkSafeBC