The purpose of a worksite assessment is to assess the physical demands of the worker’s duties and their current functional capacity to ensure a safe and suitable return to work occurs.
Recommendations are provided to the worker during the assessment to assist them in performing their duties such as modifications to movement patterns or postures. This assessment can also assist the employer and worker in identifying suitable duties and help us to develop the graduated return to work plan for a safe and sustainable return to work.
The worksite assessment report assists the treating doctor in determining capacity for work and helps treating Physiotherapists/Occupational Therapists to develop a treatment plan in line with the return to work goals.
Our view is that a worksite assessment should become a primary document to assist all parties of the treatment team, employer, worker and return to work specialist in their communication.
A referral for a Worksite Assessment can be made when:
- the employer is managing the return to work and requires one-off expert assistance, or
- the worker’s treating doctor needs additional information about the worksite, or
- the availability and/or suitability of duties needs to be ascertained, or
- the worker’s supervisor and co-workers need assistance to understand recommended work restrictions and safe work methods, or
- advice regarding workplace design, modification, or provision of equipment and appliances is required to assist in achieving or maintaining a durable return to work, or
- where clarification is required regarding the suitability of the return to work goal being with the pre-injury employer.