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Return-To-Work Program Samples

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In a global economy Health & Safety and Return-to-Work programs not only help employers to remain competitive, but also help workers to remain employed.

Return-to-Work Program Samples

A Return-to-Work program may be introduced in large or small organizations.  Large companies may be able to devote more resources to the program, but smaller companies can customize many of the features to meet their needs.

Essential Elements for All Return-to-Work Programs

  • Set up a list of clear steps to follow after an injury has occurred;

  • Set up lines of communication among health care providers, management, and the union;

  • Set up a contact schedule to monitor the progress and needs of the injured worker;

  • Evaluate and enhance the Return-to-Work program on a regular basis;

  • Present the Return-to-Work program as part of a benefit package;

  • Identify some Return-to-Work opportunities before they are needed;

  • Be positive and flexible: focus on capabilities rather than disabilities;

  • Use videos in job modification, workplace redesign, rehabilitation efforts, and other reasonable accommodation procedures;

  • Promote a cooperative environment;

  • Maintain contact with all partners;

  • Make sure the Return-to-Work tasks are appropriate for the injured worker’s capabilities; and

  • Have the injured worker assist in identifying suitable work.

  • Included in the Return-to-Work model are several sample programs that were generously shared with us by several employers.  These are in-place, working programs from companies large and small and in various types of businesses and industries.   The programs are included as examples that may provide some ideas that may be appropriate to your company.


Appendix Y: Comprehensive Return-to-Work Model

Appendix Z: Return to Work Model Program

Appendix AA: Return to Work Model Program

Appendix BB: Return to Work Model Program