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Attention Dandenong employers, WorkSafe back to work inspectors will be focussing on your
area in a safety inspection initiative this month. Dandenong has been identified as one of the
regions where workplace health and safety is an area of concern, with approximately 8360
injuries reported over the last 5 years. The costs have run into the range of $197 million in
medical bills, wages and other expenses.

 According to WorkSafe employers need to recognise their role in the return of injured workers
to work. But employers need not fear, the aim of the initiative is to provide guidance and
education to employers so that they can help ease workers back into the work process after
injury.

According to their website WorkSafe had this to say:

       Return to Work Inspectors will be visiting employers in Dandenong over the next month
       to ensure they are meeting their return to work obligations for injured workers.

       Workplaces where workers have suffered an injury and have been unable to return to
       work will be the primary focus for inspectors as part of the visits.

       WorkSafe’s Return to Work Director, Ross Jones, said employers played a key role in
       helping injured workers get back to safe work.

       “We know businesses are faced with a range of competing demands but it’s essential
       workplaces are addressing their legal obligations,” he said.

       “Helping injured workers return to work in a safe and sustainable way can be a complex
       process so our inspectors’ role is to provide guidance and advice to employers as well
       as talk them through possible options.”

       “We want employers to do all they can to maximise an injured worker’s chance of
       getting back to work, whether it be to their original job or on modified or alternative
       duties.”

       “In many cases, you do not need to be 100% recovered to return to work, in fact, getting
       back to work is an important part of the rehabilitation process.”

       Almost 8360 injuries in the Greater Dandenong region were reported to WorkSafe over
       the last five years, costing employers more than $197-million in medical costs, wages
       and other expenses.

       The visits come as WorkSafe plan to host a free Return to Work Co-ordinator workshop
       in Dandenong later this month to help those dealing with injured workers.




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Those who attend the workshop on 26 July will hear from a panel of return to work
       experts who will talk through how to overcome barriers in order to achieve a successful
       outcome.

       “Attending RTW Coordinator workshops and events help employers to improve their
       return to work outcomes and lower their premiums,” Mr Jones said.

       “We know that many have walked away with a more confident understanding of their
       obligations and what options they have to help get an injured worker back to work.”

       The event will be held from 9.30am to 11.30am at Punthill, Dandenong, 157-163
       Lonsdale Street, Dandenong.

       Employers are encouraged to register to the event by clicking on the ‘workshops and
       events section’ at: www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/rtw

       For more information on the event, please contact WorkSafe’s RTW Division on 9940
       4283 or email: rtw_networks@worksafe.vic.gov.au

       Source:
       http://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/wsinternet/worksafe/sitetools/news/ret
       urn+to+work+inspectors+to+focus+on+dandenong


The complexity of the return to work process means that employers should welcome any advice
or assistance offered to them in order to know their obligations and meet them. Some of these
include making plans for the workers return by obtaining the relevant information regarding the
workers physical capabilities and what support and aids needs to be provided to the worker in
order for him/her to successfully and safely perform their duties. Make these arrangements
available to the worker involved and monitor his/her progress once they’ve resumed their
duties.

Provide the injured worker with suitable employment for at least 52 weeks if they are not able to
work or if they have returned to normal working activities. It also involves appointing a Return to
Work Coordinator who has an appropriate level of seniority. Employers need to make
information about return to work available to all workers. For host companies, they should
cooperate with the labour hire employer’s efforts to meet their return to work obligations and
facilitate the worker’s return to work as much as possible.

For more information employers can visit the WorkSafe site directly www.WorkSafe.vic.gov.au

Posted by Peter Cutforth




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Dandenong the Focus of WorkSafe Inspections

  • 1. Dandenong the Focus of WorkSafe Inspections Attention Dandenong employers, WorkSafe back to work inspectors will be focussing on your area in a safety inspection initiative this month. Dandenong has been identified as one of the regions where workplace health and safety is an area of concern, with approximately 8360 injuries reported over the last 5 years. The costs have run into the range of $197 million in medical bills, wages and other expenses. According to WorkSafe employers need to recognise their role in the return of injured workers to work. But employers need not fear, the aim of the initiative is to provide guidance and education to employers so that they can help ease workers back into the work process after injury. According to their website WorkSafe had this to say: Return to Work Inspectors will be visiting employers in Dandenong over the next month to ensure they are meeting their return to work obligations for injured workers. Workplaces where workers have suffered an injury and have been unable to return to work will be the primary focus for inspectors as part of the visits. WorkSafe’s Return to Work Director, Ross Jones, said employers played a key role in helping injured workers get back to safe work. “We know businesses are faced with a range of competing demands but it’s essential workplaces are addressing their legal obligations,” he said. “Helping injured workers return to work in a safe and sustainable way can be a complex process so our inspectors’ role is to provide guidance and advice to employers as well as talk them through possible options.” “We want employers to do all they can to maximise an injured worker’s chance of getting back to work, whether it be to their original job or on modified or alternative duties.” “In many cases, you do not need to be 100% recovered to return to work, in fact, getting back to work is an important part of the rehabilitation process.” Almost 8360 injuries in the Greater Dandenong region were reported to WorkSafe over the last five years, costing employers more than $197-million in medical costs, wages and other expenses. The visits come as WorkSafe plan to host a free Return to Work Co-ordinator workshop in Dandenong later this month to help those dealing with injured workers. 1/3
  • 2. Those who attend the workshop on 26 July will hear from a panel of return to work experts who will talk through how to overcome barriers in order to achieve a successful outcome. “Attending RTW Coordinator workshops and events help employers to improve their return to work outcomes and lower their premiums,” Mr Jones said. “We know that many have walked away with a more confident understanding of their obligations and what options they have to help get an injured worker back to work.” The event will be held from 9.30am to 11.30am at Punthill, Dandenong, 157-163 Lonsdale Street, Dandenong. Employers are encouraged to register to the event by clicking on the ‘workshops and events section’ at: www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/rtw For more information on the event, please contact WorkSafe’s RTW Division on 9940 4283 or email: rtw_networks@worksafe.vic.gov.au Source: http://www.worksafe.vic.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/wsinternet/worksafe/sitetools/news/ret urn+to+work+inspectors+to+focus+on+dandenong The complexity of the return to work process means that employers should welcome any advice or assistance offered to them in order to know their obligations and meet them. Some of these include making plans for the workers return by obtaining the relevant information regarding the workers physical capabilities and what support and aids needs to be provided to the worker in order for him/her to successfully and safely perform their duties. Make these arrangements available to the worker involved and monitor his/her progress once they’ve resumed their duties. Provide the injured worker with suitable employment for at least 52 weeks if they are not able to work or if they have returned to normal working activities. It also involves appointing a Return to Work Coordinator who has an appropriate level of seniority. Employers need to make information about return to work available to all workers. For host companies, they should cooperate with the labour hire employer’s efforts to meet their return to work obligations and facilitate the worker’s return to work as much as possible. For more information employers can visit the WorkSafe site directly www.WorkSafe.vic.gov.au Posted by Peter Cutforth 2/3
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