Employing the right people for the job
Early intervention is about more than strengthening the body and reducing risk to prevent injuries. It’s about hiring right from the beginning. Although it may take more time and effort upfront, this proactive approach exponentially saves resources later on. With our help, your team will be equipped with the tools and support needed to find the right people and set them up for success.
Work Healthy Australia’s pre-employment screening program ensures candidates will be able to physically and safely do their job. Through a rigorous screening and reporting process developed through resolving over 33,000 workplace injuries each year, we help identify the factors that commonly cause injuries and evaluate each candidate’s underlying physical and emotional health, lifestyle, and employment history.
As a result, you can:
- Determine each candidate’s suitability for the role
- Spot potential risks sooner
- Minimise future worker’s compensation claims
During a risk assessment, our team of workplace injury experts spend time on site at your facility to observe activities employees complete as they carry out their role. Then, we create a comprehensive report that describes the frequency, duration, and manual requirements of all tasks; details about the potential risk involved in each task; a hazard rating; and an action plan with recommendations for next steps.
With this information in hand, your organisation can:
- Gain more visibility into the true requirements and risks of each position
- Reduce emotional and physical strain that leads to injuries
- Minimise injuries and claims
Manual Handling Training
As part of the risk assessment process, Work Healthy Australia documents appropriate manual handling procedures, which your team can use to update the standard operating procedures for any role. Then, we can either take new employees through a short, specific manual handling class for their task or train your trainers on how to deliver the information. Task-specific manual handling training is also available as a customised, on-site program.
Both forms of manual handling training help:
- Encourage people to adopt best practices
- Increase employee confidence and competence in carrying out their role
- Prevent workplace injuries
Managing tasks and managing people are two very different responsibilities. As workers move up into supervisor roles, it’s crucial to equip them with the knowledge and tools needed to properly manage their team. Frontline managers play a key role in helping prevent workplace injuries and handling them appropriately if they occur.
With our supervisor training, managers learn about a range of issues, including how to:
- Understand the nature of chronic pain
- Use appropriate language and respond to people who report pain or discomfort
- Support injured employees emotionally and physically to keep them safe and get them back to work as soon as possible
Core Strength and Work Hardening Programs
Our core strength and hardening programs provide workers with task-specific physical strengthening programs to build their resiliency and avoid injuries. These programs can be individualised or done as group activities, and they’re especially helpful for staff who are changing roles, new to a role, or just want to maintain their physical wellbeing and capacity.
Completing these training programs equips your team with the ability to:
- Increase strength and resilience
- Maintain physical health and wellness
- Reduce the likelihood of injuries