Workplace rehabilitation is a procedure designed to provide guidance and support to injured employees and facilitate a safe and timely recovery and subsequent return to work. The process is aimed at minimising staff downtime by ensuring the earliest possible return to work and finding alternative ways to which a worker can remain valuable.
When workers are faced with challenges resuming the duties they performed prior to an injury, a suitable program is developed to help guide them in return to full capacity over a stipulated period of time.
The process is usually carried out on-site in the exact working environment and it involves the following;
- On-the-job assistance and training aimed at helping employees acquire new job skills.
- Identifying duties that will promote the recovery of an employee
- Assessing an employee’s ability to perform his/her tasks safely
- Identifying duties that will support improvements in a worker’s capacity
- Determining workplace problems that can affect a worker’s ability to fully recover and return to his/her pre-injury duties.
- Identifying options to help reduce work demands
- Follow up programs to achieve set recovery times in line with a company’s objectives.
Benefits of a workplace rehabilitation
The process is advantageous to both the employees and the employer.
- Prevention of further injuries
- The management is advised on suitable equipment and role modifications.
- Employers are able to retain skilled workers
- Minimized cost of productivity
Organisations are required to comply with the workplace standards set by the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Regulation (2014).
At Recovery Partners, our team will help you design plans focused on getting injured workers back to work at a fast and sustainable rate. You can find out more about our workplace rehabilitation services here.
Alternatively, our consultants love to have a chat, so go ahead and give us a call on 1300 OHS RTW (647 789).
Disclaimer – these articles are provided to supply general safety information to people responsible for OHS in their organisation. They are general in nature and do not substitute for legal and/or professional advice. We always suggest that organisations obtain information specific to their needs. Additional information can be found at www.workcover.nsw.au
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