Occupational rehabilitation assessed: The verdict of employers

D. Kenny*

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    Abstract

    Employers (N = 93) completed a questionnaire designed to assess their workplace practices pertaining to occupational health and safety procedures and occupational rehabilitation policies, the perceived difficulties created by implementation of these policies and their attitudes towards and compliance with the legislated requirements in this area. Results indicated that smaller employers are generally not complying with the provision of workplace rehabilitation programs, rehabilitation coordinators, or training in occupational health and safety procedures, It was argued that failure to comply was related to employers' perceptions that they do not receive any direct benefit in the form of reduced costs, fewer injuries or decreases in time lost from injuries. The difficulty in providing suitable duties to injured workers was also cited as a major impediment to compliance with the legislation. Recommendations for easing both the actual and the perceived costs of occupational rehabilitation were made.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)145-153
    Number of pages9
    JournalJournal of Occupational Health and Safety - Australia and New Zealand
    Volume12
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1996

    Keywords

    • Costs
    • Employers
    • Questionnaire surveys
    • Rehabilitation

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