All employees in the public and private sectors in Mainland Tanzania are covered and hence employers are required by Law to contribute to the Fund on behalf of their employees.
Reasons which led to the Establishment of the Fund
The establishment of the Fund was a result of the Government commitment to address the challenges which existed under the Workmen’s Compensation Ordinance (Cap 263). These challenges were:
- The outdated workmen’s compensation Act of 1949 of 1949 which had undergone so many amendments and could not address the current needs of workers when they get injured or contract occupational diseases.
- Low levels of amounts given as compensation benefits.
- Limited scope of benefits and bureaucracy which led to persistent delays before benefits were eventually paid to beneficiaries.
The Fund has the following objectives:
a) Provision of adequate and equitable compensation to beneficiaries when employees suffer occupational injuries or contract occupational diseases.
b) Rehabilitation of employees who have suffered occupational injuries or have contracted occupational diseases in order to assist in restoring their health, independence and participation in society.
c) Providing for a framework for the effective, prompt and empathetic consideration, settlement and payment of compensation benefits to employees and their dependants.
d) Providing for the legal framework for contributions to and payments from the Fund, control and administration of assets of the Fund.
e) Giving effect to international obligations with respect to workers’ compensation.
f) Promotion of prevention of accidents and occupational diseases.