- If you are injured at work or become ill because of your job, you should report the injury or illness to your employer as soon as possible. Following the injury or illness, if you need treatment from a health professional (beyond first aid), your employer is obligated to report it to the WSIB.
- If you subsequently lose time from work (i.e. you are not feeling well the day following the injury or illness and you choose to stay home because of the injury or illness), you must report your injury or illness to the WSIB.
- Do not delay reporting your injury or illness– It is important to claim benefits as soon as possible. You have 6 months from the date of the injury to claim benefits. For a workplace illness, you generally have 6 months from date of your diagnosis.
If your dentures, glasses and/or artificial appliances are damaged in a workplace accident, you are eligible to claim benefits for repairing/replacing these devices, even if you have no other injury.
Note: You do not have to report your injury or illness to the WSIB if all three of the following apply:
- only first aid treatment was needed, and
- you did not take any time off work, and
- your pay was not affected.
As required by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, you must report a workplace injury or illness to the WSIB within 3 days after learning of your worker’s injury or illness, if the injured worker:
- requires treatment from a health professional (beyond first aid), or
- is absent from work (e.g., if the worker has to leave work for any reason pertaining to the injury or illness), or
- earns less than regular pay (e.g., working fewer hours or being paid less per hour)
You must also report a workplace injury or illness, if the injured worker:
- does not receive health care, and
- requires modified work due to the injury or illness, and
- has been doing modified work at regular pay for more than 7 days
In this case, the reporting obligation begins on the 8th day of modified work.
Note: Modified work is any change in a regular job while a worker recovers from an injury or illness, such as being assigned different duties.
Even in cases where the injured worker agrees to do modified work at regular pay, you must report the injury or illness to the WSIB, if the modified work continues beyond 7 days.