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Four vital pieces of information you need to manage HIV in your workplace

by , 05 November 2014
HIV and AIDS can have a devastating effect on your workforce. Not only could the spread of the disease deplete your workforce, your employees could be terrified to come to work, if it puts them in danger of an infection.

That's why you need to do everything you can to protect your employees from HIV and to limit the spread of the disease in your company.

To do this, you need to have all the right information to help you make informed decisions.

Here are four pieces of information you need to manage HIV in your workplace so you can protect your employees from these disease...

 

Manage HIV in your workplace by having the right information

 
1. Who's a threat?
You can't force employees to disclose their status or to undergo testing but you can ask your employees to sign consent forms that allow you to test them. Or put a clear clause in their employment contract that makes testing mandatory. Just remember, you need a very good reason for this.
 
Once your employees give you written consent, you can test them to gather information.
 
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Five ways HIV or Aids can impact your workforce and business 

You only need to read the stats about the impact of HIV and Aids on workforces to see it's something you need to worry about as an employer in South Africa.
And it can badly affect your business if you don't do something about it.

Click here for the ways HIV impacts your workforce and discover the one tool that will help you minimise its effects 
 
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2. Who's at risk
You must determine who is most at risk of HIV exposure, whether from a colleague or another work interaction.
 
3. How do your employees respond to fresh blood in the workplace?
If your employees handle someone with an open, bleeding wound without gloves they're even more at risk. If they're careful and wary of blood and other bodily fluids, their exposure risk is lower. 
 
4. How high is the risk of HIV exposure in your company
If your company's exposure risk is high, you need more prevention mechanisms in place than if the risk level was lower. 
 
With this information, you can decide what prevention and protection measures you must put in place to protect your workforce from the spread of HIV. 
 


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