Tips for Employers
- Ensure written, current company policies, including Health and Safety Manuals, Drug and Alcohol Protocols, and Accident Reporting Procedures.
- Develop and regularly update Physical Demands Analysis (PDA) profiles for all company roles.
- Establish a Modified Work Program (MWP) and/or Return to Work (RTW) blueprint. This should address training opportunities, remote work options, and phased-in roles and duties.
- Consolidate essential forms, digitally or in print, covering topics like accident reports and work restrictions.
- Engage employees in the creation of PDA’s and MWP/RTW strategies, fostering a culture of respect and inclusion.
- Regularly remind all employees, even seasonal ones, about accident reporting protocols.
- Define what constitutes ‘undue hardship’ when reintegrating an injured employee, in light of recent legislation.
- Immediately implement accident reporting measures.
- Clearly define expectations for injured employees, such as seeking timely medical care and consistent communication with employers.
- Employers should expediently share all relevant data with the WCB and maintain a dialogue with the injured employee about their recovery.
- Launch a MWP and/or RTW strategy when suitable, keeping potential long-term adjustments in mind.
- Thoroughly analyze incidents to determine causality, lessons, and preventive measures.
- Reevaluate MWP and RTW strategies post-incidents to ascertain effectiveness and areas of improvement.
- Engage staff in safety dialogues, absorbing their feedback, and updating company protocols accordingly.