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Implement these five safety measures to minimise your employees' risk of exposure to HIV/ AIDs

by , 18 November 2013
Its your legal duty to provide a safe working environment. This includes minimising your employees risk of being exposed to HIV at work. Here are five ways you can prevent putting your employees at risk of HIV/AIDs.

Dear Health and Safety Reader

Last week we spoke about ten ways HIV and AIDs can impact your business and that you can control these impacts by having an HIV and AIDs policy. Part of your obligation is to minimise the risk of your employees being exposed to HIV/AIDs.

Here are five ways you can prevent putting your employees at risk of HIV/AIDs.

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Implement these five safety measures to minimise your employees risk of exposure to HIV/AIDs
  1. Train your employees. Use your HIV and AIDs awareness programmes to train your employees on the disease and the behaviours that put them at risk of catching it.
  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 injured at work.
  3. Use Toolbox Talks to teach your employees about the risks of HIV. These are quick and easy training modules you can use to train them in under fifteen minutes.
  4. Remind your employees to use the same hygienic work procedures in medical emergencies. For example, use your CPR mouthpiece and gloves when you do CPR.
Read on for the last tip...

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  1. Your employees must use their PPE at all relevant times. PPE items include gloves, safety spectacles and masks. If your employee cuts himself badly and the blood squirts, your other employees' PPE will protect them from being exposed.

It's your legal duty to provide and keep a workplace that's safe and risk free to the health of your employees. And in turn, your employees have a duty to comply with all reasonable measures you take to protect them against dangers at work (Section 14, OHSA). So cover all your bases and implement these six tips today!

Remember, you can turn to Chapter H10 in your Health and Safety Advisor for more ways you can prevent HIV from impacting your business.


Stay Safe,


Louise Harty
Senior Product Manager: Health and Safety

PS – If you would like to learn more about HIV/AIDs policies in the workplace and get more tips, join us at our half day HIV Training workshop on the 4 December 2013 in Johannesburg. Click here to download the brochure.

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