Injury Management System — How They Work

Public sector agencies that attempt to enhance their occupational safety, health and injury management overall performance takes advantage of:

  • Higher staff retention rates;
  • Improved organizational profile;
  • Elevated employee comfort;
  • Improved overall health;
  • Reduced absenteeism; and
  • Reduced costs of and protection against the further escalation of workers’ settlement costs.

Injury management terms within the Workers’ Compensation as well as Injury Management Act 1981 (opens in a brand new window) are based on a Code which supplies the framework for injury management system and go back to work programs. Under workers’ payment legislation, public sector companies must establish an injury management system in their place of work. Work Cover WA has released a Workers’ Payment Code of Practice (Injury Management) 2005 (the Code) (opens up in a new window), which is the legal duties.

An injury management system describes the steps to become taken whenever a workplace injury occurs. It enables agencies to begin injury management quickly and effectively, to ensure that injured workers usually stay at work or return to work at the first appropriate time. Needs for the establishment, content as well as implementation of the injury management system are set out in the particular Code. Where there is really a requirement within the Code that the employer “has to” do something that pertains to an injury management system, it’s mandatory.

Guidance information (opens in new window) offers the Code by explaining mandatory provisions and also by providing direction for that establishment of injury management system and go back to work programs. The provisions of the Workers’ Compensation as well as Injury Management Act 1981 and Code are based on the principle, any time it is medically appropriate an injured worker will stay in or return to work.

Before beginning to develop an injury management system, it is strongly advised that all agencies know more about the needs as stipulated within the Workers’ Compensation as well as Injury Management Act 1981 and Workers’ Compensation and also Injury Management Regulations 1982.

Western Australian public market agencies requiring assistance within the establishment of the injury management system go back to work programs or even injury control over claims can contact their own Risk Cover Injury Services Coordinator/Officer direct or even on 9264 3333. Risk Cover (Insurance Commission of WA) will be the Western Australian Government’s insurance provider for public sector agencies. More information is also entirely on Risk Cover’s (opens in new window) site.