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Your four obligations under the Code of Good Practice on HIV, AIDS and the World of Work

by , 19 August 2013
The Code of Good Practice on HIV and AIDS and the World of Work makes it clear that you can't unfairly discriminate against an employee that has HIV or Aids. This is just one of your responsibilities under the Code. Read on to discover your other four obligations so you can comply.

As an employer, you have certain obligations under the Code of Good Practice on HIV and AIDS and the World of Work.

'The Code applies to all employees, irrespective of the industry you work in. It also applies to all people you have in training, interns and apprentices, volunteers, job seekers and job applicants, and laid-off and suspended workers,' says the Health&Safety Advisor.

So basically, if you employ staff, the Code applies to you.

Are you aware of your company's Code of Good Practice on HIV and AIDS and the World of Work obligations?

#1: You must provide and maintain a workplace that's safe and without risk to the health of your employees.

#2: Ensure you have a policy that deals with the risk of transmission, training, awareness and education on the universal infection control measures. This'll help you identify, deal with and reduce the risk of HIV transmission in your workplace.

#3: HIV and AIDS must be a part of your Occupational Health and Safety strategy. This means your work environment must be safe and healthy so you can prevent transmission of HIV in your workplace.

#4: Make sure your employees are aware of the procedures they can follow to apply for compensation for occupational infections and diseases and how to report occupation incidents.

There you have it. Now that you now your legal responsibilities under the Code of Good Practice on HIV and AIDS and the World of Work, make sure you comply.



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