Work Site Occupational Rehabilitation: A highly structured, goal-oriented, individualized, work-oriented program specifically designed to improve/restore physical, behavioural and vocational functions. The objective of occupational rehabilitation at the work site is to use graded work activities to progressively improve areas such as: physical capacities, psychomotor and physical skills, interpersonal and communication skills, work habits, productivity, knowledge of safe work practices and other work-related skills. The focus of occupational rehabilitation at the work site is to provide comprehensive rehabilitation and may include but is not limited to the following activities or processes: monitored and/or graded ease back, modified duties, and early safe return to work.
Development of Return to Work Program: Often, injured workers are capable of returning to their pre-injury position to some degree before they actually meet all of their job demands. In this situation, a Return to Work Program, involving reduced hours, modified duties, or alternate duties can be developed. This return to work program is developed based on the worker's present physical abilities (from an FCE or Baseline Assessment) and the job demands (ideally from a Job Site Analysis).
Monitor Return To Work Program: This involves monitoring the worker throughout their Return to Work Program to ensure the program is being followed and potential problem areas can be addressed. This may result in modifying the initial return to work program, providing on-the-job education regarding body mechanics, ergonomics, etc. or adding duties to the worker's program as appropriate.