South Africa has one of the highest HIV infection rates in the world with a national HIV/Aids infection average spiking at 30.2% in the past ten years.
This can seriously impact your workplace, especially if your employee contracts the disease at work.
To prevent this, you have to put safety measures in place. This, according to stopaidsnow.org, is called 'internal mainstreaming'. This is the internal procedures and safety measures you use in your company to manage HIV.
Now you can implement mainstreaming in your workplace in a number of ways.
Today we're going to show you five HIV safety measures you can use to implement it in your workplace...
It's vital you implement internal mainstreaming in your workplace starting today
According to the mailandgardian.co.za, between 2008 to 2012, SA's HIV infection rate rose to 12.2% and the current number of people living with HIV in South Africa is 6.4 million. And the age range with the highest HIV infection risk is 30 to 39, with HIV+ females coming in at 36% and males at 28.8%.
Now look at your workforce. Are most of your employees within this age range? If they are, then almost 50% of your employees could be HIV+.
When you consider all this, you begin to understand the necessity for internal mainstreaming. After all, you can't discriminate against HIV+ employees and dismiss
them because you're afraid of an infection in your workplace.
The good news is, it's easy to protect high risk employees with simple and effective mainstreaming safety methods.
Implement these five in your workplace today to protect your employees.
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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!
Implement internal mainstreaming in your workplace using these five safety measures
Train your employees. Use your HIV/AIDS awareness programmes
to train your employees on the disease and the behaviors that put them at risk of an infection.
2. Educate your employees about safe work procedures. For example, the reasons why they must use protective gloves or masks when handling a bleeding employee.
3. Use Toolbox Talks to teach your employees about the risks of HIV. These are quick and easy training modules you do in the space of an hour.
4. Remind your employees to use the same hygienic work procedures in medical emergencies. For example, always use a CPR mouthpiece and gloves when you do CPR.
5. Your employees must use their PPE at all relevant times. PPE items include gloves, safety goggles and masks. If your employee cuts himself badly and the blood squirts, your other employees' PPE will protect them from exposure.
These five HIV safety measures will help you implement effective internal mainstreaming and protect your employees from HIV infections.