January 30, 2017
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Workers' compensation return-to-work service available for AWB members

Injury prevention is the first priority for employers, but if an injury event does occur, returning employees to work quickly and safely is always best for you and your employees.

AWB is excited to announce a new service called the Safety Ambassador Program (SAP) that can be used as an immediate, short-term light duty job or a tool to deal with more challenging cases. If a worker can sit or stand at a desk and move a mouse, they can do a light-duty job. SAP requires only a computer with speakers and an Internet connection fast enough to stream video. SAP also includes a job description that can help your company qualify for Stay At Work reimbursements; which pays employers for some of the costs associated with providing temporary, light duty jobs for injured workers while they heal.

SAP provides 10 days (80 hours) of engaging training videos that can be used as a short-term sedentary light-duty job. The content is based on an eight-hour work day. For each hour of the day, the injured worker watches informative videos, participates in interactive e-learning activities, and answers review questions. Topics range from work, home, and environmental safety to personal health and well-being. Progress reports and tools are included to help you track and manage an employee’s progress.

AWB members receive a 50 percent discount off the normal subscription price. The annual cost is only $299 and the subscription is good for as many users as fits each business’ needs.

To find out more, please contact Joe Brown at joeb@compwise.org or go to https://safetyambassadorprogram.com/awbcompwise/

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Kudos to Microsoft for bold public-policy goals for Washington state

By The Seattle Times Editorial Board

Microsoft is taking its regional public service to a new level with the release of an ambitious legislative agenda for Washington state.

Under its president, Brad Smith, the company has increasingly advocated for education, transportation and economic development.

Recognizing that the entire state has unmet needs, the company is broadening its agenda beyond the Puget Sound area. Best of all, Microsoft is offering to help incubate and partly fund several new programs to get them launched.

The public benefits from such corporate citizens providing thoughtful and supportive engagement on critical policy issues.

Read the full editorial in The Seattle Times
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