Is legislation required on rehabilitation?

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. The TUC issued a press release during July claiming that rehabilitation isthe missing link in workplace safety and sickness absence. It sounded a warning to the Government that targets specified in thestrategy document, Revitalising Health and Safety, are unlikely to be metunless a legal duty is imposed on employers to have a policy on rehabilitation.And they remain unlikely to be reached until there is a major expansion in therehabilitation services available to victims of accidents or ill health. IOSH is currently formulating a guidance document on occupational health andthe topic of rehabilitation is among many considered. The institution fullysupports improved access to occupational health support to everyone, asidentified in the Occupat- ional Health Advisory Committee report, and thisincludes the rehabilitation of workers returning to work after an accident. The cost to the bottom line when an individual leaves the workforce due toill health should not be ignored and when highlighted, could be used to justifymore comprehensive and effective rehabilitation programmes. The loss of people, many of whom are the holders of the organisation’scorporate knowledge, can be severely detrimental to business performance. Members of IOSH are encouraged to utilise their risk assessment andmanagement skills to identify suitable rehabilitation strategies for suchemployees, helping them return to the workforce – even if it means in analternative role. In short, helping an employee back to work after an accident costs a companyless than recruiting a replacement for them. Perhaps it is this financial incentive, coupled with the obvious moralobligation, and not any new legislation that should be motivating moreemployers to offer rehabilitation to their staff. Is legislation required on rehabilitation?On 1 Aug 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more