A written return-to-work policy lets your employees know what your organization will do if a work-related injury occurs. Your policy should be tailored to your organization.
Your return-to-work policy should consist of the following elements:
- Clearly state the purpose of your policy
- Designate a modified duty coordinator
- Outline the expectations of the employer and the injured worker's responsibilities
- Identify your designated medical providers
Make sure your policy is signed by management and shared with existing and new employees. Once you implement a policy, it is important that you enforce it consistently. You should also share your policy with your designated medical providers. This informs your providers that you have a policy and pre-planned goals, and it will also help expedite the getting back to work process.
View the sample return-to-work policy below for an example of how you might write your own policy. Then download the customizable return to work policy document to create your own for your organization.