The Center of Occupational Health and Education (COHE) at Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is proud to be a part of Washington State Department of Labor & Industries' network of Centers of Occupational Health and Education (COHE). As one of only six COHEs in the state, Kaiser Permanente employs occupational health best practices and works effectively to improve injured worker health and reduce disability.

Get the right mix of care, coverage, and convenience

As a busy entrepreneur, you want small group health plans that are simple and easy to use — for you and your workforce. With Kaiser Permanente, you get plan flexibility, help managing your health care dollars, and tools and resources that empower your employees to be healthier and more productive.

Our health plans for small groups are geared for organizations with 1–50 employees. All our plans feature access to our high-performing care system1. No matter which plan type you choose, we give your employees the options they need to find the right solution. And give you the support you need to manage costs and improve employee health.

1Criteria established by American Medical Group Association.

Occupational Health: Kaiser On-the-Job

Whether your employees need work-related injury care or employment exams, medical screenings or drug and alcohol testing, Kaiser On-the-Job, our occupational health program, provides a full range of services to get your employees back to work safely and quickly.

Board-Certified Care, L&I Recognized

Our dedicated occupational health staff is specially trained, with doctors who are board certified and members of the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries' Medical Provider Network (MPN). This is important because, while injured workers can see any physician for their initial visit, ongoing visits must be with an MPN provider.

COHE for Employers

The Center of Occupational Health and Education and the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries work together to help injured workers recover and return to work in a safe, timely manner.

One of the ways this is accomplished is through the services of a Health Services Coordinator (HSC). HSCs work with all parties involved—employers, injured workers, providers, and L&I—to ensure the employee in question can get back to work as soon as medically sound. Specifically, HSCs work with employers to:

  • Help resolve return-to-work issues.

  • Identify light duty/return-to-work activities appropriate for workers recovering from injury.

  • Find information about your rights and responsibilities regarding workers' compensation.

Stay at Work

You may also be able to earn financial incentives for bringing your injured workers back to work quickly and safely.

If you are eligible, you can receive 50% of base wages of the injured worker for up to 66 days. You may also receive reimbursement for some of the cost of training, tools, or clothing for light duty work.

See Stay at Work for more information.

Helpful Links

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries also provides tremendous support for employers. Here are important resources for employers should a worker become injured on the job:

What to do if an employee is injured

Find light-duty work for an injured worker and get reimbursed

Help your employee return to work

Access important L&I resources for business

COHE resources, forms, and contacts