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Apply these four measures to minimise the risk of exposure to HIV in your workplace

by , 26 July 2013
Your employees can be exposed to HIV at work. And YOU have a legal responsibility to educate and protect them from it. Here are five methods you can use to minimise the risk of exposure to HIV in your workplace.

You must provide a work environment that's safe and without risk to the health of your employees, says the Health and Safety Advisor.

This includes taking steps to ensure your employees aren't exposed to HIV-infected bodily fluids at work.

Use these four methods to ensure your employees aren't exposed to HIV

  1. Maintain continual training and awareness programmes on HIV and the behaviours that could place your employees at risk of contracting the disease.
  2. Educate your employees about safe work procedures. For instance, the necessary use of protective gloves when handling a bleeding employee injured at work.
  3. Ensure your employees practise safe disposal techniques for used medical waste from your clinic and first aid boxes.
  4. Encourage your employees to make use of PPE such as gloves, safety spectacles, masks and specially designed resuscitation equipment compulsory at scenes where emergency or first aid treatment is provided to injured employees. 'Enforce these measures through a disciplinary process if transgressed. Your employees have a duty to comply with all reasonable measures you take to protect them against hazards at work,' says the Advisor.

Use these methods to help protect your employees from contracting HIV in your workplace.

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