Return to Work

Return to WorkWhat is Return to Work?

Return to Work is a work reintegration program for injured workers that maintains the dignity and productivity of the injured worker, and contributes to the injured worker's rehabilitation and recovery.

Most people who are injured or become ill at work are able to return while recovering, provided that the work is medically suited to their injury or illness. Returning to daily work can actually help an injured worker’s recovery and reduce the potential of long-term disability.

What the law says

The WSIB Work Reintegration policies are expected to be implemented during the summer 2011 and will set out the responsibilities of employers and workers to co-operate within the Return to Work program. These policies will allow the WSIB to apply a new penalty - up to 100% of the loss of earnings paid to the worker, in addition to the labour market re-entry cost paid on the worker's behalf - to employers who have available, modified work, and fail to offer it to the worker.

 

How a return to work policy helps your business

Both employer and employee benefit in cooperating in return to work programs. As an employer, you benefit by minimizing the financial and human costs of an injury or illness. Workers benefit by staying active and productive, which contributes to the healing and recovery process, and restores their source of income.

What you can do

  • Be proactive and establish a return to work program before injuries occur.
  • When an injury or illness does occur, employers and workers each have an obligation to cooperate in early and safe return to work. You are required to
    • contact each other as soon as possible after the injury occurs and maintain communication throughout the period of the worker’s impairment and recovery
    • attempt to identify and provide suitable employment that is safe, productive, and consistent with the worker’s functional abilities and that, where possible, restores the worker’s pre-injury earnings
    • give the WSIB any information it may request concerning the worker’s return to work.

Downloads

New worker orientation guide: laying the foundation for a safety culture

New worker orientation guide: laying the foundation for a safety culture

How does the MOL define "new worker"? What are the different roles for employers, supervisors and workers? What should you tell vs. show new workers, what is the best way to communicate, what should you watch for? All this and more - including a detailed checklist you can personalize for your organization - in this four-page guide.

204 KB PDF
Physical Demands Analysis (Fillable Form)

Physical Demands Analysis (Fillable Form)

A physical demands analysis (PDA) is a systematic procedure to quantify and evaluate the physical, cognitive, and environmental demands of the essential and non-essential tasks of a job.

See "Physical Demands Analysis Instruction" for assistance to complete this form.

731 KB pdf
Physical Demands Analysis (Instruction)

Physical Demands Analysis (Instruction)

This is an instruction to help you with completing the "Physical Demands Analysis (Fillable Form)".

733 KB pdf

Consulting Services

General Consulting Services

General Consulting Services

Integrating health and safety into your workplace is good business.  WSPS’ consultants employ a results-based approach to health, safety and environment, focused on building self-reliance,  and enabling your organization to implement, manage and continually improve your health and safety programs.

WSPS Safety Group

WSPS Safety Group

WSPS is the largest Safety Group provider and one of the longest running sponsors in the province. With our extensive experience and proven track record, by working with us and other member firms participating firms can achieve better results, and qualify for WSIB rebates.

E-Courses

(ON) Return to Work in Ontario (1 hour)

(ON) Return to Work in Ontario (1 hour)

Requirements, strategies and resources for effectively getting injured employees back to work.
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$64.00

Return to Work: The Basics (English) (1 hour)

Return to Work: The Basics (English) (1 hour)

This course provides a practical overview of return to work strategies, solutions and program implementation.
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$64.00

Return to Work: The Basics (French) (1 hour)

Return to Work: The Basics (French) (1 hour)

This course provides a practical overview of return to work strategies, solutions and program implementation.
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$64.00

Articles

Thinkmentalhealth.ca - free resource

Thinkmentalhealth.ca - free resource

In any given week 500,000 Canadians will miss work due to mental health issues. The smaller the workplace, the greater the impact employee absences may have. Supporting and protecting the mental health of your people is a crucial business strategy, and while task can seem daunting it doesn’t have to be. You now have access to a free website, thinkmentalhealth.ca that provides a one-stop shop for acquiring information and tools to help.
Aug 10, 2017
Help injured workers avoid depression with these 8 suggestions

Help injured workers avoid depression with these 8 suggestions

New research suggests that the first six months after a workplace injury may be critical to an injured worker's ongoing mental health.

Feb 13, 2017
5 steps to prevent safety-related downtime from eating into your profits

5 steps to prevent safety-related downtime from eating into your profits

Industry estimates suggest that 5% of production capacity is lost each year to unplanned downtime. "This figure is conservative," says WSPS consultant Gord Leffley. While safety-related stoppages are just one type of unplanned event, even minor incidents can slow down or halt production.

Feb 09, 2015