Participants’ Stay Working Systems

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These Stay Working Systems were developed as part of a Washington Department of Labor and Industries Safety and Health Investment Projects (SHIP) Return to Work Grant demonstration project. The participating employers or workers are members of one of two partner groups, the Washington Farm Bureau and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 77. The Stay Working Systems on this website are available free to the public to use for their own injured employees. The funding for this website will end on or about June 2019. The reader should check with the SHIP Grant Program and/or the two partner groups for a link to the systems after that date. Their website contacts are under About Us.

Some Link-Jobs Include Job-Site Modification Equipment

Sometimes modifying a job with labor saving equipment can bring a job within the worker’s physical limitations. On the Stay Working System Tables found in each system above, the Modified Link-Jobs are indicated by a “-M” after the code letters. These Link-Job descriptions will have equipment described in them that reduces the physical demands of the job. Note on the example Stay Working System Link-Job Code GH and GH-M. GH is Level 4 and GH-M qualifies for Levels 2 and 3. Try clicking on the two different Link-Jobs and you will see the difference.

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To make it easy to find the recommended equipment, visit the Vendors tab.  For each piece of equipment, there will be a link to the manufacturers’ website. There is also a list of retail merchants in the participating employer’s area. The list is not exhaustive and items may be found at other retail vendors and e-tailers. For the benefit of Washington employers, the list includes Labor and Industries (L&I) contracted providers.

For more information and how to get help from L&I with paying for Job-site Modifications, go to the WA State Benefits tab.

How to Use the Stay Working System

The Link-Jobs are arranged on a table defined by the type of injury and the level of activity to which the worker may be released.

  1. As soon as your Stay Working System is ready for use, send a letter to all the medical providers your workers typically have as their attending provider to let them know you have implemented a return to work system. Here is a template letter you may use.
  2. When an injury occurs, go to the website and open the table for your type of industry (click on the icon). Find where the type of injury and the level of activity intersect on the Stay Working System. There will be a code for one or more Link-Jobs that fit the injury.
  3. Locate the Level 1 Link-Job for the type of injury your worker had. Click on the Link-Job Code and the description will pop out as a fillable PDF.
  4. Fill in the worker’s and employer’s data, print it  and sign it. It may require a foreman’s approval as well depending on the type of employment.
  5. You might also send a Level 2 Link-Job description if the injury is not very serious; the worker may be able to do more than what is described in Level 1.
  6. It is a good idea to also send a job analysis for the worker’s regular job, if you have it. That way the doctor will know what is normally required of the worker and if the Link-Job is necessary.
  7. Send the Link-Job description and regular job analysis (if you have it) to the doctor right away. You may have the worker take it with them to urgent care or to their first appointment.
  8. Once you have received the approved Link-Job Description back from the doctor, the worker may return to that job.
  9. Link-Job offers should be made in writing. For your convenience there is a Job Offer Letter Wizard tab right here on the website to write your letter. It will even translate your letter into Spanish or Russian if needed.
  10. If the doctor has indicated any of the recommended job-site modifications are necessary to do the job, they should be purchased before the worker does those tasks. For the job-site modifications recommended, internet sources or manufacturers’ websites are listed under the Vendors tab.
  11. Apply to the Washington Stay at Work Program for partial Link-Job wage, tools and training reimbursements.
  12. See tab for information on qualifying for job-site modification financial assistance from L&I and the Training tab for sources of training on computer applications.