Occupational Health Services
Return to Work

HPMC OMS provides a return-to-work evaluation for employees who have been absent from work due to illness or injury. Many Hanford contractors require their employees to be evaluated by HPMC OMS if they have been off work for five or more days. In some cases, additional testing or evaluation  may be needed to assess fitness for duty. We utilize the workers’ EJTA to determine if they may safely return to work and whether or not restrictions are necessary. Employees should check with their human resources department or manager regarding their company policy.

Return to Work Process

  • When you are ready to return to work following illness, injury, or other leave (FMLA, short term disability, etc.), call Medical Scheduling at 509-376-9997 between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. to schedule an appointment. We encourage you to call immediately upon learning your release date to ensure appointment time availability.
  • An HPMC OMS medical provider will determine if you are eligible to return to work by phone, or if an in-person evaluation is necessary. If you require an in-person evaluation, HPMC OMS will schedule an appointment for you while you are on the phone. We will then send an electronic Record of Visit (ROV) notification to your manager.
  • If you are cleared to return to work, you’ll contact your company human resources department for next steps. If you are not cleared to return to work, an ROV will be sent to your home. If you have questions about this process, contact your company human resources department.

Returning to Work through Behavioral Health Services

You may be required to have an evaluation by Behavioral Health Services (BHS) first, if you were off work due to any of the following conditions:

  • Head Injury (i.e. concussion, stroke, brain tumor, or other brain injuries/medical conditions that may affect memory and cognition)
  • Psychiatric Disorder (i.e. depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders)
  • Substance Abuse Disorder (i.e. residential treatment or detoxification)

If your condition meets any of the medical criteria identified above, you must contact BHS first to begin the return to work process.

  • Call BHS at 509-376-4418 to make an appointment.
  • To help reduce the potential for premature ending of disability benefits, contact your treating medical provider and coordinate their approved return to work date with your BHS appointment date.
  • Bring your treating medical provider’s return to work approval note to your BHS appointment.
  • After completing your BHS evaluation, BHS will route you to the HPMC OMS medical provider to finish the return to work process and obtain a record of visit for your employer.
  • Visit the BHS webpage for more information on Behavioral Health Services.



Related Links:

RTW Informational Guide (pdf)



Last Updated 06/14/2021 9:29 AM