A workplace assessment is an assessment completed by an occupational therapist or physiotherapist who specializes in occupational rehabilitation and task analysis. A workplace assessment is completed at the employee’s workplace or worksite location. The primary goal of a workplace assessment is to develop a rehabilitation plan that will ensure a fast and sustainable return to work outcome for the worker and employer.
What does a workplace assessment involve?
Advantage Injury Management Services will send an occupational therapist or physiotherapist to your workplace to complete a meeting with the injured worker and employer. The meeting is usually completed within 60 minutes, and will include:
- An interview with the employee regarding their injury. Our occupational therapist or physiotherapist will also conduct an assessment to ascertain their physical or cognitive abilities and limitations.
- A meeting with the employer or return to work coordinator to discuss the impact the injury is having on the business, early intervention strategies and rehabilitation goals and solutions.
- Completion of a thorough task analysis of the employees normal work duties, which involves seeing the work tasks being completed by the injured worker or another worker. Our occupational therapist or physiotherapist will also recommend and help identify alternative duties if required.
On completion of the workplace assessment, our occupational therapist or physiotherapist will develop a suitable duties plan in conjunction with the employer and employee. Our occupational therapist or physiotherapist will also provide a written report summarizing the assessment and documenting all recommendations. This information can then be provided to medical practitioners and insurers to facilitate timely rehabilitation and return to work outcomes.
When to use a workplace assessment?
- When an employee is having difficulties completing their work tasks following an injury.
- Upon return to work to assist in determining what duties would be suitable given the clients injury and restrictions.
- Provide recommendations about safe work practices.
- To assess ergonomics in the workplace and provide recommendations for safe task completion and injury prevention.
What are the benefits and outcomes you can expect of a workplace assessment?
- Provision of documentation clearly outlining a task analysis of the employee’s work tasks, risks, barriers and goals of the return to work program.
- A workplace assessment and report will provide the treating doctor and other health professionals with an clear understanding of what is involved in the employees pre-injury role.
- Provides everyone with a better understanding of the employee’s capabilities and limitation within the work environment.
- Employees and employers feel they have been listened to and have input as to how concerns will be addressed.