Preventing employee injuries and how best to handle post-injury issues is the eternal challenge for all professionals involved in the workers' compensation process. Most worker injuries occur in the first year a person is in a new job. Statistics suggest an inverse relationship between the length of time off work and the likelihood of returning to work. Thus, it is incumbent on all stakeholders to overcome whatever barriers exist, internally and/or externally, to facilitate injury prevention and timely return to work.
- Applicant recruitment and screening
- Pre-employment testing
- The safety process
- Post-injury/claim handling/return to work/vocational rehabilitation
- The attendee will be able to discuss the safety process.
- The attendee will be able to identify the importance of regular safety reviews.
- The attendee will be able to review return to work issues.
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
A. Safety Is A Process
B. Costs Of Claims In Louisiana
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
II. Applicant Recruitment And
A. Position Descriptions
B. Applicant Recruitment
C. ADA Considerations
D. Drug Testing Basics
E. Legal Questions And Answers
10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
III. Pre-Employment Testing
A. Concept Of A Company Doctor
B. HIPAA/Online Medical Records
C. Physician Use Of Job Descriptions
D. Drug Screening And The Medical Review Officer
E. Post-Offer Physical Exams
F. OSHA Surveillance Testing
G. Drug And Alcohol Testing
H. Using Work Capacity Evaluations
I. Legal Questions And Answers
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch (On Your Own)
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
IV. The Safety Process
A. Workers' Compensation System
B. Workers' Compensation Cost Containment Ideas
C. Active Safety Leadership – At All Levels And All The Time
D. Management Responsibilities
E. Management Rights/Affirmative Defense
F. Worker Responsibilities
G. Workers Rights
H. Company Safety Policies On Reporting Injuries, Modified Duty, Use Of PPE
I. Importance Of Written Safety Programs
J. How To Develop Safety Programs At Minimal Cost
K. Required Documentation Forms And Follow-Up
L. Expectations Regarding OSHA Training, Inspections, Injury Investigations
M. New Employee Safety Orientation
N. Traditional Safety Training
O. Job Hazard Analysis
P. Importance Of Regular Safety Program Reviews
Q. Safety Teams/Committees –Employee Involvement
R. HR Issues
S. Disciplining Employees
T. Work Place Violence/Risk Assessments
U. Legal Questions And Answers
2:15 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
V. Post-Injury/Claim Handling/Return
To Work/Vocational Rehabilitation
A. Early Intervention
B. Utilization Of Resources
C. Bridging The Gap
D. Benefits Of Partnering With Occupational Medicine Providers
E. Appropriate Care For Work-Related Illness/Injury
F. Familiarity With Work Done By Injured Person
G. Promotion Of Timely Return To Work
H. Knowledge Of Workers' Compensation System Administrative Rules
I. Continuous Communication With Employer/Carrier/Injured Person/Stakeholders
J. Working With Physicians And Occupational Therapists
K. Using FCE's
L. Return To Work Issues
M. Nurse Case Managers v. Rehab
N. Vocational Rehabilitation
O. Legal Questions And Answers