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TasTAFE has been recognised for its work in improving rehabilitation and return to work for its staff with a 2018 WorkSafe Award.

On 22 October, TasTAFE won the category for Excellence in continuous improvement of rehabilitation and return to work through the implementation of an effective injury management system, at the annual awards in Hobart.

The WorkSafe Awards celebrate excellence in health, safety and wellbeing.

TasTAFE CEO, Jenny Dodd, said the award recognised TasTAFE’s focus on early intervention and that returning to work had many health benefits for injured workers.

“We take an integrated approach with our dedicated workers compensation, injury management and return to work staff overseeing claims and working with everyone involved in the injured worker’s treatment,” Ms Dodd said.

“I’d like to congratulate all of the dedicated TasTAFE staff who have collaborated to support staff in their return to work.”

Ms Dodd said TasTAFE placed a high priority on ensuring staff, students and any visitors were safe on its campuses.

“We also highlighted the importance of safety and wellbeing to our staff with TasTAFESAFE Week as part of national Work Health and Safety month.

“TasTAFE has created a complete safety management system. Since the inception of the system, there has been a consistent decline in workers compensation claims and length of claims and an increase in earlier return to work for staff as a result of our injury management system,” Ms Dodd said.

There has been a 21 per cent reduction in new workers compensation claims at TasTAFE, from 19 in 2015/16 to 15 in 2017/18 and significant improvement in the severity rate and lost time injury hours due to better management of claims.

Ms Dodd said TasTAFE also supported workplace health and safety by offering a number of qualifications and short courses in the area.

TasTAFE was also a finalist in the category: Excellence in work health and safety through the implementation of an integrated systems approach.

TasTAFE wins WorkSafe Award