Returning to work and injury management plans
Where a worker suffers a significant injury, the injury management co-ordinator assigned to them must ensure there is a plan for coordinating and managing the worker's treatment, rehabilitation and return to work.
Types of plans
There are 2 types of plans for managing a significant workplace injury: return to work plans and injury management plans.
The type of plan used depends on the time a worker is (or is likely to be) incapacitated for work.
Purposes of plans
Both plans ensure there is a consistent and agreed understanding of what is going to happen, and what to expect during the injury management process.
A return to work plan:
- is a simple plan
- is required where a worker is likely to be incapacitated for work for between 5 to 27 days
- must be prepared within 5 days of the worker becoming incapacitated.
An injury management plan:
- is a more comprehensive plan than a return to work plan
- is required where a worker is likely to be incapacitated for work for 28 days or more
- must be prepared within 5 days of the worker becoming incapacitated for more than 28 days.