DAOD 5018-2, Report of Injury, Disease or Illness
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Date of Issue: 2002-04-05
Date of Last Modification: 2023-08-17
Application: This DAOD is an order that applies to officers and non-commissioned members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF members).
Approval Authority: Chief of Military Personnel (CMP)
Policy Office of Primary Interest: Director Casualty Support Management (DCSM)
Enquiries: Administrative Response Centre (ARC)
CAF personnel record (dossier du personnel des FAC)
The collection of all personal information required by the CAF to manage the career of a CAF member, regardless of the form of the information. (Defence Terminology Bank record number 42959)
injured or ill CAF member (militaire blessé ou malade)
A CAF member who is suffering from an injury, disease or illness that results in temporary or permanent physical or psychological harm.
Note– The definition of “injured or ill CAF member” includes a “seriously injured or ill CAF member” and a “very seriously injured or ill CAF member”. (Defence Terminology Bank record number 43113)
seriously injured or ill CAF member (militaire gravement blessé ou malade)
An injured or ill CAF member whose injury, disease or illness causes immediate concern but the CAF member’s life is not in immediate danger. (Defence Terminology Bank record number 43243 to be amended)
very seriously injured or ill CAF member (militaire très gravement blessé ou malade)
An injured or ill CAF member whose injury, disease or illness causes the CAF member’s life to be in immediate danger. (Defence Terminology Bank record number 43182 to be amended)
3.1 CAF members may be required to serve in situations that can be dangerous to their life or health. Eligibility requirements for certain pensions and other benefits, e.g. under the Veterans Well-being Act and the Compensation and Benefits Instructions for the Canadian Forces (CBI), necessitate the reporting and documenting of any injury, disease or illness that has occurred, or any exposure or suspected exposure to a toxic substance.
Completion of Form CF 98
4.1 A commanding officer (CO) must ensure that form CF 98, Report of Injury, Disease or Illness, is completed if:
a. a CAF member suffers an injury, disease or illness; or
b. there is an exposure or suspected exposure of a CAF member to a toxic substance.
Note – A CO is also required to report any exposure or suspected exposure to nuclear and ionizing radiation in accordance with the Nuclear Safety Orders and Directives and DAOD 4002-0, Nuclear and Ionizing Radiation Safety Management.
4.2 Form CF 98 serves as a permanent record of the relevant circumstances pertaining to an injury, disease, illness or exposure or suspected exposure to a toxic substance and is retained on the CAF personnel record of the injured or ill CAF member.
4.3 Form CF 98 includes detailed instructions for the completion of the four sections of the form and its distribution. A CO must ensure that a reporting officer is appointed without delay for the completion of section 3 of form CF 98. The reporting officer’s statement in section 3 provides a brief explanation which will assist Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) in determining if the injury, disease, illness or exposure or suspected exposure to a toxic substance arose out of or was directly connected to military service. Form CF 98 is just one source document that may be used by VAC to determine possible pension-related entitlements.
4.4 When a CAF member on temporary duty or attached posting suffers an injury, disease or illness, or there is an exposure or suspected exposure of the CAF member to a toxic substance, the CO of the host unit must ensure that form CF 98 is completed and distributed, and that an information copy is sent to the parent unit of the CAF member for retention on the CAF personnel record.
Note – See CBI 1.28 for the definitions of “temporary duty” and “attached duty.”
4.5 Any person making an amendment to information recorded on form CF 98 must sign and date the amendment.
4.6 Form CF 98 must be completed and forwarded to DCSM as soon as practicable when the CAF member suffers an injury, disease or illness or there is an exposure or suspected exposure to a toxic substance. Form CF 98 must not be delayed even if the injured or ill CAF member is unable to make a statement in section 2 of the form. If a CAF member is initially unable to make a statement, a new form CF 98 must be completed when the CAF member is able to make their statement and subsequently forwarded to DCSM as soon as administratively possible.
5.1 CAF members must comply with this DAOD. Should clarification of the instructions set out in this DAOD be required, CAF members may seek direction through their chain of command. Military leaders have the primary responsibility for and means of ensuring the compliance of CAF members with this DAOD.
Consequences of Non-Compliance
5.2 CAF members are accountable to their military leaders for any failure to comply with the direction set out in this DAOD. Non-compliance with this DAOD may result in administrative or disciplinary action, or both. Non-compliance may also result in the imposition of liability on the part of His Majesty in right of Canada and CAF members.
5.3 Failure to comply with the processes set out in this DAOD may negatively impact a CAF member’s eligibility for certain pensions and other benefits, e.g. under the Veterans Well-being Act and the CBI.
6.1 The following table identifies the responsibilities associated with this DAOD:
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Acts, Regulations, Central Agency Policies and Policy DAOD
- Government Employees Compensation Act
- Veterans Well-being Act
- QR&O article 21.46, Investigation of Injury or Death
- CBI 1.28, Definitions – Posting, Attached Posting, and Temporary Duty
- CBI 210.72, Reserve Force – Compensation During a Period of Injury, Disease or Illness
- CBI Chapter 211, Service Benefits for Ill and Injured Members
- DAOD 5018-0, Support Management for Injured or Ill Canadian Armed Forces Members and Military Casualties
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