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Transitional work
  • Employers may choose to develop a formal, thorough transitional work program and CHS can help. Click here to request additional information on developing a transitional work program
  • Without a formal program, employers may still use transitional work on a case-by-case basis to help an employee return-to-work more quickly. There are simple steps to take to execute a successful transitional return-to-work

Early injury reporting
  • Reporting an incident or injury within a defined timeframe (for example, end of shift or within 24 hours) is essential for a sound workers’ compensation program.
  • Establish clear procedures for post-injury management, including documentation and investigation of the incident, and communication of treatment options.
Enforcement of work restrictions
  • Supervisors must be aware of an employee’s work restrictions, and enforce them the same as other work-related policies and expectations.
  • An employee should seek regular updates to their work restrictions from the treating physician.
Adherence to medical treatments and appointments
  • Recovery and return-to-work should be considered the primary job duties of an injured employee. Policies that address their cooperation with treatment and exam appointments are appropriate.

Safety training
  • A consistent training program that includes safety education and company policies is critical to an organization’s long-term success.
  • Employees should sign-in for all training sessions, indicating they attended and understand the material covered.
  • The training and the documentation of it serve both the employer and employee to help prevent injuries and ensure expectations are understood.
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