The fourth of six modules offered within Prevention Link’s core curriculum, is designed for participants who will or already work in assisting injured workers through a therapeutic work reintegration (WR). The course provides workplace parties with the tools necessary to develop strategies that ensure successful outcomes.
Through the exploration of leading research, participants learn:
- the principles of good WR practices and the Duty to Accommodate;
- barriers to successful WR with a focus on attitudinal barriers and their elimination using the social model of disability and therapeutic return to work (RTW) principle;
- an in-depth comparison between older methods of disability management and the newer progressive disability prevention model;
- the paradigm shift from management to prevention; and
- roles of the parties involved (employer, an injured worker, representative, H&S representatives) are discussed.
WR and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) are presented with respect to the Board policies. The hierarchy of RTW job opportunities and the definitions for an early and safe WR, roles of all the involved parties, communications, dispute resolutions and penalties are covered. The Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC) and RTW are discussed with a comparison of WSIB and OHRC obligations.