By: Bob Hopkins
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WSIB After COVID-19: How to prepare for the new normal
Ontario’s COVID-19 statistics appear to be performing better than the projection models indicated. While I do not want to be overly optimistic if the “end game” is managed well, some workplaces may be able to reopen in June.
A trend that may (or may not in your workplace) happen is a problematic workforce:
- Objects at rest tend to stay at rest
- This is going to be the longest break from work for many of your staff
- Unfortunately, many workers will have gotten used to being at home
This may lead to BOGUS WSIB claims!
(NOTE: this is advice is for every WSIB)
This approach should help your company avoid unnecessary costly claims as we transition back to a normal economy.
- Re-Orientation about a worker’s obligation to report, seek medical attention, and participate in suitable modified work
- Review and update the contact information for all staff
- Investigate every workplace incident, both to learn from this incident but also for the workforce to see that your procedures remain in place
- Have an initial general offer of modified work in place at the time of the accident noting there will be a specific offer of modified work once the worker returns from the Doctor with either a Form-8 or a Functional Abilities Form
- Remind managers and Supervisors that modified work saves money in both the short and long term (the Rate Framework model all about avoiding future costs)
- Investigate if private Health Care for ongoing treatments (Chiropractic, Massage Therapy, Physiotherapy) is a good option for your workplace
- This is also a good tool to detect whether a worker is going be difficult during the recovery period. If they decline immediate therapy, instead choosing therapy assigned from the WSIB to begin in 6 weeks, they are likely to going to try to avoid light duties
As always, be proactive!