Return-to-work (RTW) and Stay-at-work (SAW) Best Practices

The Canadian Occupational Health & Safety Agency for Healthcare (OHSAH) and a
core group of stakeholders have developed a consensus and evidence-based
Return-to-work (RTW) and Stay-at-work (SAW) Best Practices, adapted to the
needs of healthcare workers in British Columbia. These recommendations focus on
workplace interventions aimed at assisting workers with common mental health
conditions return to work and/or stay at work.

The following five Best Practice Principles were derived to help guide
workplaces in assisting healthcare workers with mental health conditions:

  • PRINCIPLE #1: A clear, detailed, and well-communicated organizational workplace
    mental health policy supports the return-to-work/stay-at-work process.

  • PRINCIPLE #2: Return-to-work coordination and structured, planned, close
    communication between worker, employer, healthcare providers and other
    disability management stakeholders are required to optimize return-to-work and
    stay-at-work outcomes.

  • PRINCIPLE #3: Application of systematic, structured and coordinated
    return-to-work practices improves return-to-work outcomes.

  • PRINCIPLE #4: Work accommodations are an integral part of the return-to-work
    process. The context of their implementation determines their effectiveness.

  • PRINCIPLE #5: Facilitation of access to evidence-based treatment reduces work

More information: - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work