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Employers: You have five responsibilities when it comes to HIV in the workplace

by , 18 November 2014
The 'Code of Good Practice on the Key Aspects of HIV and AIDS and Employment' clearly states that you can't unfairly discriminate against an employee who has HIV/AIDS.

Read on to find out what your legal HIV duties are according to this Code...

 

Here's what the Code of Good Practice on the Key Aspects of HIV and AIDS and Employment has to say

 
The Code also states the most effective ways to reduce and manage the impact of HIV/AIDS in your workplace is to implement an HIV/AIDS policy and programme. This should include training and protective measures to ensure all employees, positive and negative, are safe. 
 
The Code outlines these five objectives:
 
1. Creating a safe working environment for all employees; 
2. Developing procedures to manage occupational incidents and claims for compensation; 
3. Introducing measures to prevent the spread of HIV; 
4. Developing strategies to assess and reduce the impact of the epidemic in your workplace; and 
5. Supporting HIV+ employees or employees affected by HIV/AIDS so they can continue to work productively for as long as possible.  
 
This means you have very clear duties when it comes to your HIV in your workplace. Here are five of them…
 
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Reduce the impact of HIV on your workforce
 
How you may ask?
 
By educating your employees on:
    
How to prevent HIV;
How to prevent spreading it;
How to work with HIV or Aids; and
How to manage HIV or Aids.
 
You can minimise the effect their health and HIV status has on your business!
 
 
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Your have these five duties when it comes to HIV in your workplace

 
1. You must provide and maintain a workplace that's safe and without risk to the health of your employees. HIV/AIDS must form an integral part of any workplace health and safety strategy. Your working environment must be safe and healthy to prevent transmission of HIV in the workplace.
 
2. Ensure your policy deals with the risk of the transmission, training, awareness, education on the universal infection control measures. These must identify, deal with and reduce the risk of HIV transmission in the workplace.
 
3. Make sure your employees are aware of the procedures they must follow in applying for compensation for occupational infections and diseases and the reporting of all occupation incidents.
 
4. Include strategies to prevent HIV infections, control work practices, protective gear, environmental control measures and emergency exposure treatments (PEP) in your health and safety measures to prevent exposure to HIV and to minimise the risk of workers contracting HIV.
 
You have an obligation to follow the duties the Code of Good Practice outlines for you and to protect your employees from HIV.
 
Check out HIV – Training in a Box for everything you need to train your employees on HIV prevention at work. 
 


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