Released as part of WorkSafe’s ‘Return to Work, Return to Life’ campaign, the employers’ toolkit has templates, checklists and forms that can be customised to suit their needs.
The kit can be downloaded from WorkSafe’s ‘Return to Work’ website:
WorkSafe’s Return to Work Director, Dorothy Frost said the toolkit would be particularly useful in small to medium sized businesses and to those that don’t have a lot of experience with workplace injury insurance claims.
"It's very important employers understand and comply with their return to work obligations. This toolkit provides everything they need to know," she said.
Around 28,000 Victorian workers are seriously hurt each year. Of that number more than 3,000 do not return to work within six months of being injured.
In the past five years, nearly 150,000 Victorians have lodged compensation claims with WorkSafe, totalling more than $2.7 billion in treatment and rehabilitation costs.
“Obviously prevention is the best cure and more needs to be done to ensure as many of these injuries don’t happen, but for those workers who are injured on the job, getting back to work sooner is good for them and it’s good for business,” Ms Frost said.
“An early return to work reduces claim costs and keeps the cost of a business’s injury insurance premium down.”
Medical evidence shows the longer someone is off work, the harder it is for them to return and the greater the chance they will suffer adverse health effects.
“The implications for these workers, their families, employers and their communities are significant,” Ms Frost said.
“It’s important injured workers are given the best possible chance of getting back into the workplace.”
“A successful return to work does not have to mean going straight back into full time work or the initial position that was originally held – it can be a gradual return, or a return to modified duties or even undertaking further training at work while the worker recovers.”
A recent Newspoll survey found 71% of Victorians believe injured workers would benefit from returning to work before being fully recovered and more than 78% believe that by returning to work it would help speed up the recovery process.
In an initiative to encourage a progressive and proactive approach to helping injured workers return, WorkSafe is calling on businesses to submit their successful comeback stories in this year’s WorkSafe Awards.
Entries can be submitted at www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/awards
Ms Frost is also calling on workplaces to “join the conversation” at the ‘Return to Work Online Community’ at www.LinkedIn.com to share experiences and successes about getting back to work after injury. The community is free to join.
For more information about WorkSafe’s “Return to Work, Return to Life” campaign, visit www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/returningtowork
Other findings of the Newspoll survey:
- 96% said families played an important role in helping return to work
- 93% said doctors and physiotherapists also played an important role
- 68% agreed that returning to work but performing different duties would definitely provide an increased feeling of self-worth
- 78% of people surveyed felt returning to work but performing different duties would help speed up the recovery process
Time running out to enter the 31st WorkSafe AwardsNews
20 May 2019
Finalists announced for health and safety awardsNews
26 Aug 2019
Award winner to present at return to work forumNews
20 Mar 2012
South Eastern employers urged to learn more about return to workNews
15 Nov 2011
Returning to work made easier for injured workersNews
23 Aug 2011
Making an early comeback after injury is good newsNews
09 Aug 2011
Klim says make a comeback after injuryNews
21 Jul 2011
Treatment professionals should focus on potential not limitationNews
02 Sep 2011
2011 WorkSafe Awards winnersNews
20 Oct 2011
Employers can help injured people back to workNews
24 Jun 2011
Peer support helps injured people back to workNews
10 Feb 2011
A WISE choice for businessNews
08 Dec 2010
Fitness club fined for failing injured workerNews
22 Nov 2012
Record safety performance delivers solid resultNews
20 Sep 2013
Employees honoured for outstanding workNews
22 Nov 2013
WorkSafe Victoria announces positive half-yearly resultsNews
17 Apr 2014
Workshops highlight simpler workers compensation lawsNews
10 Jun 2014
Farm injuries at a new low, but safety remains a priorityNews
16 Jul 2014
WorkSafe announces new safety record in half-year resultsNews
27 Mar 2015
New graduates join inspector ranksNews
08 May 2015