WorkSafeBC offering webinar on injured workers' return to workplace

Webinar to be held Feb. 15

WorkSafeBC offering webinar on injured workers' return to workplace

WorkSafeBC is reaching out to stakeholders to help bolster patient care and return to work through a collaboration between the agency and medical practitioners.

The agency is inviting physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, residents, students and chiropractors to participate in a free accredited online webinar that will:

  • expand participants’ overall understanding of B.C.’s injured worker population and the negative effects of remaining out of the workplace on their health and well-being
  • increase participants’ awareness of the resources and expertise WorkSafeBC’s medical advisors can offer to support a patient’s timely treatment, recovery, rehabilitation, and medically safe return to work
  • and help them learn the importance of incorporating safe, durable and timely return to work as part of treatment plans

Through an interactive presentation, WorkSafeBC will outline the value of the initiative for medical practitioners and their patients by exploring the following topics:

  • how to optimize care, access to resources, and disability management through greater collaboration between WorkSafeBC and community medical practitioners
  • the critical importance of integrating return to work into treatment plans
  • the essential role of modified work in supporting recovery and rehabilitation and keeping patients attached to the workplace
  • removing barriers that could impede a patient’s return to employment
  • how to access our support and multidisciplinary team

Less than half or workers who reported missing two or more workdays as a result of an injury or disease submitted a claim to WorkSafeBC, according to a report from Institute for Work and Health (IWH).

Speakers for the session include:

  • Dr. Peter Rothfels, MD, director of medical services WorkSafeBC
  • Dr. Janice Mason, MD, manager of medical services WorkSafeBC, project lead for Early Medical Advisor Involvement Initiative
  • Lionel Earle, senior manager, Claims and Rehabilitation Services, WorkSafeBC
  • Tamara Erickson, client services manager, WorkSafeBC

The webinar will be held online on Feb. 15, 2022, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The session is accredited by UBC CPD for up to 1.5 Mainpro+ credits.

Interested parties can learn more and register at this link:

Also, the number of workers living with a chronic health condition is split in half between those who are disclosing (51 per cent) and not disclosing (49 per cent) their situation to their supervisors, according to an earlier report from the Institute for Work & Health (IWH).

WorkSafeBC will be consulting with stakeholders on the future state of occupational first aid (OFA) curricula in British Columbia.