The CNESST wants to offer rehabilitation in the workplace

La CNESST veut offrir de la réadaptation en milieu de travail

Last year, at least 18,000 health care workers are injured on the job, which was 10,000 more than in the middle of the building.

December 12, 2019-4: 00 am

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The CNESST wants to offer rehabilitation in the workplace

La CNESST veut offrir de la réadaptation en milieu de travail

Elizabeth Fleury

The Sun

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The standards Commission, equity, health and safety at work (CNESST) wants to put in place a new supply of rehabilitation services in the workplace for workers who suffer an injury musculoskeletal and risking a prolonged disability. The goal : a return to work of the injured employee within a period of 10 weeks from the beginning of the interventions.

The public body has published this week a notice of appeal of interest by which she invites us to manifest all the service providers in occupational therapy willingness to provide interventions in the workplace.

The CNESST explains to have realized, in 2016, a progress report “on evaluation services and capacity-development work”, and that according to this state of situation, “workplace interventions are especially effective to maintain the employment relationship, reduce the duration of the absence, and thus help prevent prolonged disability”.

“Knowing that a refresher in the workplace promotes safe return to work, prompt and sustainable employment prélésionnel at the end of the interventions, the CNESST search of occupational therapists can assist a client in the workplace and who wish to collaborate with the employers and the staff of the CNESST”, one can read in the notice of call interest.

The CNESST specifies that the profile of the target clientele consists of workers who suffered an occupational injury of a nature musculoskeletal for less than six months. It also mentions that the employee must have a medical condition “stable enough” to allow the gradual resumption of tasks in the workplace.

“The person occupying the position of rehabilitation counselor first establishes a global picture of the situation of the worker or of the worker and the employer and is involved with the latter in order to maintain employability,” details the CNESST, adding that the occupational therapist also has a responsibility to assess the needs of the employee to develop a return to work plan.

“In the framework of this new service offering, the advisor or counsellor in rehabilitation shall proceed to the early detection of workers at risk for a prolonged disability”, is still a reference to the organization, which aims a return to work of the employee in a period located between 7 and 10 weeks after beginning of the interventions. The occupational therapist would get a compensation estimated at $ 8000 per worker.

The document does not specify what(s) sector(s) of employment is (are) referred to(s) by this new service offering. When asked whether the area of health and social services was particularly in the crosshairs of the CNESST, the spokesperson of the organization, Alexander Candle, we said that “all sectors of activities are included”.

A trial of this service offering is expected as early as January 2020, said Mr Candle.

Accidents on the rise

The end of last week, the trade union organisations in health and social services have urged the government and the CNESST to respond to the increase in “explosive” in the number of workplace accidents and occupational injuries of which their members are victims.

According to data obtained by the trade unions with the ministry of Health and the CNESST, the costs associated with musculoskeletal disorders, falls and violent acts have respectively jumped by 36 %, 45 % and 82 %) in the last two years.

The sector of health and social services, which represents only 9.8% of the establishments in quebec, occupies 18 % of the accidents and of occupational injuries in Québec, have denounced the unions. Last year, at least 18,000 health care workers are injured on the job, which was 10,000 more than in the middle of the building.

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