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HIV and Aids in the workplace: Include the following aspects in your risk management programme

by , 20 December 2013
You're legally required to manage HIV and Aids in the workplace. One way of doing this is to develop a risk management programme. Read on to find out what to include in your programme.

Does managing HIV and Aids in the workplace seem like a broad concept? If so, here's a breakdown of what you have to do to manage HIV and Aids in the workplace...

  1. Assess the impact of HIV and Aids in your company and your current risk profile, resources and how susceptible you are to HIV infection. Implement an HIV and Aids workplace policy and programme.
  2. Develop an HIV and Aids workplace programme. Implement long and short measures to deal with and reduce the impact, says the Health & Safety Advisor.
  3. Educate and train all your employees. Make sure you're sensitive to gender and cultural concerns.
  4. Even if you're a small business and can't implement sophisticated monitoring and evaluation systems, you still have to implement simple strategies to monitor and evaluate HIV and Aids, TB and STIs.

Managing HIV: Here's a checklist of what to include in your risk management HIV and Aids workplace programme

  • Measures to prevent exposure of your employees to bodily fluids, and a means of implementing these;
  • Identify and train your employees who are at risk on how to protect themselves against exposure;
  • Once exposure has occurred, you must act quickly, decisively and transparently;
  • You must at all times respect the constitutional human rights of both the source (employee) and victim (employee) of the incident;
  • You can't force anyone to undergo an HIV test or to take ARVs;
  • Open discussions, with signed informed employee consent, must take place at all levels of decision taking;
  • You must allow your exposed employee to make informed decisions on the use of Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), ARVs and allow them to participate in a wellness programme; and
  • Make use of a known and trusted medical practitioner to assist you in the implementation of the medical aspects of the risk management programme.

Well there you have it. Including these aspects in your risk management programme will help ensure you manage HIV and Aids in the workplace effectively.

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