Prior to creating a program, you will need to complete the following items:
This person may be a safety director, human resource manager or even the company owner in a smaller organization. The term is simply used to identify the person who is responsible for reporting and managing workers’ compensation injuries in the workplace.
Written job descriptions explain the tasks and activities that workers perform and are helpful to medical providers who provide input regarding the type of activities an injured worker can complete. If the job descriptions contain information about the physical demands of the worker’s duties and activities, then the medical provider can sometimes specify which activities a worker can or can’t perform rather than imposing very general physical restrictions. For more information on job descriptions, take a look at EMC's Improving Your Job Descriptions.
Job descriptions are created using functional job analysis. This is a process used to identify the essential tasks of a job and the competencies a worker must possess to adequately perform the job. For more information on essential tasks, Read more information about essential tasks..
Each state’s laws differ regarding the extent that an employer can direct employee’s healthcare and providers in the event of a workplace injury. You should consult your organization’s legal counsel or your state workers’ compensation board to determine the level and extent you can direct your employee’s medical care. If you would like assistance identifying quality medical providers in your area, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your policy statement should outline your commitment to providing a safe work environment and to returning your injured employees to work as soon as medically possible.
When creating this list, consider things that your organization hasn’t had time to do. Identify and document some predetermined tasks that meet common medical restrictions, such as lifting, walking, standing, overhead reaching, one-handed duties, bending and sitting. You should measure and record the weights of objects and other physical requirements of the tasks to the best of your ability. This way, you may be able to simply match the medical provider’s restrictions with predetermined transitional work.
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