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Include these eight aspects in your HIV risk management system to ensure it really protects your employees

by , 04 November 2014
It's imperative that you protect your employees from HIV in your workplace. Because of the high infection rate in SA, this needs to be part of your workplace health and safety.

To do this, you need to create an HIV risk management system. This system must set out to limit the spread of the disease within your workplace by giving your employees ways to prevent or react to exposure to the disease.

To ensure your HIV risk management system does its job, include these eight aspects into it...

 
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Your HIV risk management system must include these eight aspects
 

1. Measures to prevent exposure of your employees to bodily fluids, and a means of implementing these;
2. Training employees at risk on how to protect themselves against exposure;
3. Procedures your employee must follow if they're exposed, you must act rapidly, decisively and transparently;
4. Respect the constitutional human rights of both the source and victim of the incident;
5. Counseling for anyone to undergo an HIV test or to take ART (you can't force employees to undergo ART treatment and you must get their consent, in writing, in order to do this);
6. Open discussions, with signed informed consent, must take place at all levels of decision taking;
7. Education to help your exposed employee  make informed decisions on the use of PEP; and
8. Make use of a known and trusted medical practitioner to help you in the implementation of the medical aspects of your risk management programme.
 
If your HIV risk management system doesn't include all eight of these aspects, it will have holes and won't protect your employees from this killer disease.
 
To find out more about protecting your employees from HIV and AIDS in your workplace, check out the Health and Safety Advisor.
 


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