WorkSafe Victoria introduces their ‘Return to Work, Return to Life’ workplace safety campaign, which focuses on helping injured food manufacturing industry workers return safely back to work.
Over the past five financial years, more than 6,800 injury claims were made from the food manufacturing industry. Food manufacturings are one of the eight “high risk” industries WorkSafe Victoria is targeting as part of their 12-month enforcement program.
The ‘Return to Work’ health and safety systems consist of a toolkit, which provides employers templates, checklists and forms that can be customised to suit their needs. The toolkits are ideal for small to medium businesses that are inexperienced with workplace injury insurance claims.
"It's very important employers understand and comply with their return to work obligations. This toolkit provides everything they need to know," says Dorothy Frost, WorkSafe’s Return to Work Director.
“Obviously prevention is the best cure and more needs to be done to ensure as many of these injuries don’t happen, but for those workers who are injured on the job, getting back to work sooner is good for them and it’s good for business.”
Medical evidence show that the longer an individual is off work, due to injury, the harder it is for them to return with greater chance of suffering adverse health effects.
“It’s important injured workers are given the best possible chance of getting back into the workplace,” says Frost.
“A successful return to work does not have to mean going straight back into full time work or the initial position that was originally held – it can be a gradual return, or a return to modified duties or even undertaking further training at work while the worker recovers.”
The 'Return to Work, Return to Life' health and safety tooklits are available from WorkSafe Victoria.