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Do you know what the law says about employing people with HIV and Aids?

by , 02 December 2013
Yesterday millions of South Africans joined the international community in commemorating World Aids Day. The day which is held every year on 1 December is aimed at raising awareness about HIV and to show support to people living with the virus. Estimates show there are 6.4 million HIV-positive people in South Africa. This means it's possible that you'll have to deal with HIV-positive employees as an employer. Read on to find out what the law says about HIV/Aids and employing people with HIV.

The Code of Good Practice on HIV and AIDS and the World of Work provides guidelines on what employers can and can't do when it comes to HIV and Aids in the workplace.

Here's what the law says about employing people with HIV and Aids

According to the Health & Safety Advisor, the Code of Good Practice on HIV and AIDS and the World of Work applies to all employees, irrespective of the industry you work in. It also applies to all people you have in training, interns, volunteers, job applicants and laid-off and suspended workers.

The Code makes it clear that you can't discriminate against HIV positive employees.

Here are your other obligations:

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

#2: HIV and AIDS must form an integral part of any workplace Occupational Health and Safety strategy. Your working environment must be safe and healthy to prevent transmission of HIV in the workplace.

#3: You must have policies that deal with the risk of transmission, training, awareness and education. Your policies must also outline measures you'll use to reduce the risk of HIV transmission in the workplace.

#4: Make sure your employees are aware of the procedures to be followed in applying for compensation for occupational infections and diseases and the reporting of all occupation incidents.

Well there you have it. Now that you know what the law says about HIV and Aids and employing people with HIV, make sure you comply.

 

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