OH&S Consulting News - August 2017
The Importance of Reviewing Workers Compensation Claims
Source: NSCA Foundation Safety Solutions Newsletter. Article by Kerry Foster, Director, Active Occupational Health Services Wednesday, 14 June, 2017
Workers compensation cost of claims reports are coming into focus for many as the end of the financial year approaches.
Employers being proactive about preventing injury and their workers compensation claims to ensure the premium is minimised is good business.
Here are six reasons to review your workers compensation claims:
What are the wages against each injured worker?
Employers need to be aware of costs in terms of wages for time lost that have been allocated against each claim, as these will directly affect the calculations for premium renewal.
What can employers do to reduce the impact of lost wages?
Every worker who has an accepted claim and is not at work in some capacity has an impact on the premium. At this time, employers cannot afford to avoid offering suitable duties.
Is every claim that can be closed off?
Employers should not assume that just because an injured worker is fully recovered and the claim is resolved it is not appearing on their cost of claims report. If it has not been removed then this could be added to the calculations for the next premium.
Are the wages of injured workers properly calculated?
Once again, employers should not assume that all is correct on their cost of claims report. They need to check the reckonings for reimbursement of wages by the Agent to ensure they are correct.
Are employers paying the correct tariff for their industry and workers’ activities?
It is company money on the line, so employers need to be vigilant about how they are being charged. If employers have more injuries than across their industry generally, they will be penalised accordingly.
What does the workplace culture look like?
Workers with aches and pain and injuries who are not well managed have a negative impact on the workplace culture, both directly in terms of the premium impact and indirectly on business factors such as absenteeism and morale.
Takeaways for employers:
Make safety a priority.
Appoint an experienced RTW coordinator and ensure they have the necessary resources to be outstanding in their role.
Engage an outsourced RTW coordinator if employers only want to pay for it when they need it.
Act on aches and pains before they become injuries.
Connect with a local medical centre that will look after workers with aches, pains and injuries.
Take action immediately when a claim occurs.
Consider a workers compensation broker to get the required advice and service.
Nominate a workplace rehabilitation provider as part of the RTW team and add their details to the RTW program.
Employers taking control of the injury management and return to work process is best practice.
WorkCover WA Releases New Injury Management Videos
Source: WorkCover WA Webstie - 31 July 2017
Earlier this year, at the Return to Work Conference, WorkCover WA launched a series of online animated educational videos. The four short videos were developed to provide information about claims, injury management and return to work processes, as well as offer guidance and support to relevant scheme participants.
The videos are an excellent resource for injured workers, employers and service providers, and include the following topics - click on the link to view:
Case conferences – details how and why a case conference can be organised and utilised to help an injured worker return to work.
Making a claim – outlines the steps an injured worker needs to take in order to make a workers’ compensation claim.
Return to work – explains the return to work process and what help is available for injured workers.
Return to work: employer guide – explains how an employer can assist and support their injured worker back to work.
More videos are scheduled to be released later this year.
Revision of ISO 31000 keeps Risk Management Simple
Source: NSCA Safety Magazine Vol. 88 No. 2, June 2017
The revision of ISO 31000:2009 safety standard has resulted in a move towards clearer and more concise text.
ISO 31000:2009 on risk management is intended for people who create and protect value in an organisation by managing risks, making decisions, setting and achieving objectives and improving performance.
The revision work utilises a simple language to express the fundamentals of risk management in a way that is coherent and understandable to users.
The standard provides guidelines on the benefits and values of effective and efficient risk management, and should help organisations better understand and deal with the uncertainties they face in the pursuit of their objectives.
The major task was finding the right balance between giving sufficiently detailed guidance and writing an entire textbook.
To avoid weighing down the standard and making it too complex, it was decided to reduce the terminology of ISO 31000 to the bare bone concepts and move certain terms to ‘ISO Guide 73, Risk management – Vocabulary’, which deals specifically with risk management terminology and is intended to be read alongside ISO 31000.
Strengthened by its generic quality, the standard provides the basis for renewed confidence between experts and end users, who each face specific challenges in terms of risk but need to understand and communicate with other stakeholders. As such, the clause on building a risk management framework, which contains guidance that is relevant for every possible user, has since been augmented with additional concepts or examples that are specific to countries and industries.
“The message our group would like to pass on to the reader of the DIS is to critically assess if the current draft can provide the guidance required while remaining relevant to all organisations in all countries,” said Jason Brown, chair of ISO technical committee ISO/TC 262, Risk management.
“It is important to keep in mind that we are not drafting an American or European standard, a public or financial services standard, but much rather a generic international standard.”
The new draft is shorter than the CD, but it gains in clarity and precision and is much easier to read. It also includes some substantial improvements, such as the importance of human and cultural factors in achieving an organisation’s objectives and an emphasis on embedding risk management within the decision-making process.
However, the overall message of ISO 31000 remains the same — integrating the management of risk into a strategic and operational management system.
The next step in the process will be to finalise the revision work to reach the final draft international standard (FDIS) stage. The new version of ISO 31000 is expected to be published at the end of 2017 or in early 2018.
ISO 45001 Moves Forward
Source:HSEQ News Wrap 27/07/2017
After a favourable vote the second draft of the new Global Work Health and Safety Standard, the final date of publication is now likely to be in 2018.
ISO 45001 is one of the world’s most anticipated standards for occupational health and safety systems (OHS). It aligned with ISO 9001 (Quality Management), ISO 14001 (Environment Management and builds on OHSAS 18001 which is a framework aimed at controlling risks.
The system is designed to work with any organization, large or small. It is the product of collaboration between more than 70 countries. It is anticipated that this standard will replace AS 4801 in Australia as the standard for OSH management.
AS 3000 - Due for Release 2017
Source: Safety Soapbox 2 June 2017
2017 edition of the Australian Standard AS/NZS3000, which is due for release later in the year. Changes include:
New requirements for safety switches.
Increased mechanical protection for cables installed within a ceiling space.
Additional requirements for electrical appliances, accessories and electrical equipment.
Enhanced safety requirements for electrical equipment.
Installed in locations exposed to water.
Five new appendices:
Continuity of supply for active assisted living.
Installation of arc fault detection devices.
Guidance for the installation and location of electrical vehicle charging stations.
DC circuit protection and switching devices.