Still don't think HIV is a problem in your workplace? Maybe these stats will convince you
According to a 2014 article on themailandgardian.co.za the total number of current HIV infected South Africans rose by 1.2-million since 2008 to where it currently sits at 6.4 million.
Women between the ages of 30 and 34 (36%) and males between the ages of 35 to 39 (28.8%) have the highest infection rate.
This means, if your workplace is made up of mostly young employees, your HIV risk may be even higher. If there's an accident and an HIV+ employee has an injury, it puts your other employees at serious risk of contracting HIV if they have any sores or are also injured in the same accident.
If this happens and your employee contracts an HIV infection, here's what you have to do.
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Five ways HIV or Aids can impact your workforce and business
You only need to read the stats about the impact of HIV and Aids on workforces to see it's something you need to worry about as an employer in South Africa.
And it can badly affect your business if you don't do something about it.
Do this if your employee contracts HIV because of a workplace accident
If your employee contracts HIV because of a workplace accident, he's entitled to compensation in terms of the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (COIDA
This compensation comes from the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Fund (COID). This is the government body that gives employees compensation if they have an injury at work or they contract an illness or disease at work.
To get this compensation, your employee must prove he contracted HIV at work because of occupational exposure to infected bodily fluids.
You have a duty as an employer to help your employee apply for benefits in terms of COIDA. This means you should do everything you can to prove your employee's claim is truthful and he did contract HIV at work.
This compensation will also help your employee receive the ARV treatment he needs to live with HIV and still have a normal life.
But since prevention is always better than cure, train your employees on how to avoid an HIV infection at work. Check out HIV – Training in a Box
for everything you need to know to do this.