Occupational rehabilitation assessed

The verdict of employers

D. Kenny*

*Corresponding author for this work

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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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