Injury management covers all aspects of managing workplace injury and illness in order to achieve an effective return to work
Supporting recovery and return to work takes a collaborative approach to injury management, founded on the following elements:
Contacting us as soon as possible after an injury ensures timely access to the services required to engage the right treatment to assist a worker’s recovery.
Employers are required to notify CMI within 48 hours of becoming aware that an injury or incident has occurred.
Injury Management covers all aspects of managing workplace injury and illness in order to achieve an effective return to work.
Providing suitable duties is key to improving a worker’s chances of recovery. A Workplace Rehabilitation Provider can assist you in developing and implementing a program of upgrading suitable duties. They can also help to facilitate the design and implementation of alternative work-related activities.
It is vital that you, the worker, their case management team, treating doctors and other treatment providers continue to communicate throughout the process to ensure appropriate treatment and work options are in place to assist recovery and return to work.
We encourage an integrated approach to Injury Management and Return to Work by linking:
An Injury Management Program is a coordinated and managed program that documents all aspects of injury management to achieve optimum return to work for workers. It includes treatment, rehabilitation, retraining, claims management and employment management practices.
An Injury Management Plan is tailored to the specific needs of the worker. It outlines the activities, services and individual responsibilities required to safely assist the worker back into suitable employment following workplace injury. It includes treatment, rehabilitation and retraining of the worker.
It is essential that all parties collaborate throughout the development of this plan to ensure it is suitable for the worker and that you are aware of all aspects that may impact on their return to work.
A Return to Work Program is developed by you in consultation with your workforce to support and promote injury management and return to work. A Return to Work Program is common to all workers and includes procedures relating to early notification of injury through to return to work duties or redeployment into alternative employment.
A Return to Work Plan is a written document that outlines how your workplace will help a worker to return to work as soon as possible, or how you will help them to stay at work while they recover.
Together, the RTW plan and the Injury Management Plan outline how a worker will progress toward a final return to work outcome. The documents should indicate what actions are being undertaken to improve the worker’s health status and overcome any barriers identified in the claim, whilst performing suitable duties.
Return to Work Plans must be developed in line with the worker’s current SIRA Certificate of Capacity and should contain:
You may wish to use our sample Return to Work Plan as a guide to develop plans for your workers.
Job task analysis is used to examine the specific work tasks and physical demands of a particular role. Job task analysis provides and indication of the minimal abilities required for an individual to safely and efficiently perform a task. Having the various roles within an organisation assessed can help identify any tasks that present an injury, so that modifications to the role can be made to minimise the change of an injury occurring. Job task analysis can also assist with the creation of a suitable duties plan.
You may like to use our job task analysis template as a guide to assessing the roles within your workplace.