8 steps to ensuring your
workers are fit-for-task
An onsite treatment service is a program used to address any musculoskeletal injury on site. It can also be used to help workers already on a WorkCover claim get back to work sooner. A fully integrated and proactive onsite service should also implement strategies to reduce the risk of injury, ensure appropriate candidates are placed in appropriate roles, and play a pivotal role in ensuring an employer is compliant in their responsibility to provide a safe work environment for its employees.
A pre-employment screen is a risk management tool used to screen individuals for factors that may limit their ability to perform a job safely and effectively.
The screening process includes a detailed medical history, health history and a physical examination to determine a person’s ability to perform a task(s) in a workplace.
Having an onsite injury management program optimises the effectiveness of the pre-employment screen through a deeper understanding of the physical and mental demands associated with each role within the business.
This is a comprehensive analysis of the entirety of a job. It includes a detailed description of both physical and mental requirements, task and element requirements, task frequency, environmental conditions, necessary clothing and equipment required for a person or persons to complete the job.
Most companies are required to have this type of documentation in place for the hiring and training of their staff. It allows them to ensure the worker knows the demands of the job and has been provided with the appropriate training to carry it out in a safe and effective manner.
This is a classroom based presentation delivered to workers on the basics of safe lifting. It includes the basics of anatomy and how to best use the body while undertaking manual handling demands associated with their jobs.
Experience has shown that compliance based manual handling does not always translate into the intended consequence of reducing injuries. Work Healthy Australia has solved this problem with a focus on providing task specific training.
Opportunities where a worker could undertake their task more safely are identified. This information is then used to carry out more specific training that engages closely with the employees and provides them with training pertinent to their task.
Implementing a work hardening program is aimed at gradually increasing the load and demands on tissues of a new worker new to employment or new to a role. By doing so it’s possible to minimise the risk of injury or early work related soreness.
This type of program can be carefully constructed through collaboration with your onsite injury management provider. It will commonly take into consideration the type of work, rotations, breaks, appropriate warm up advice and manual handling training.
Prehab: a preventative, proactive training intervention aimed at protecting a worker or athlete from injury.
A prehab program can be used to target specific areas of the body to improve strength, stability, endurance, mobility and overall function. Prehab should be thought of as a measure that minimises the need for rehab.
This is a physical assessment of an employee’s capacity to safely carry out a job. It is not as formal as a functional capacity evaluation (FCE) and may not involve WorkCover at all.
These can include a WorkCover related injury, non-work related injury, duty of care and general health related or an internal job transfer.