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Nine factors you must take into account when identifying HIV risks in your workplace

by , 29 December 2014
If you don't take measures to protect your employees from the risk of HIV at work, your workforce could suffer.

That's why it's vital you take steps in your workplace to prevent transmissions.

But before you do this, you have to identify your company's HIV infection risks.

Here are nine factors you must consider when you do this...


To identify your company's HIV risk, consider these nine factors

When you assess your company's HIV risk, you must look at the risk's factors based on these nine points:
1. Time - How long will your company be at risk? For example, is your company's constantly at risk due to an HIV positive employee?
2. Size of exposure - How big is the risk likely to be? For example, if you have ten HIV positive employees your risk will be bigger than if you have one.
3. Probability - What is the probability of occurrence? For example, how likely is it that an employee, will contract HIV at work?
4. Volatility – Will the risk have an expected outcome? For example, how likely is it that your employees could contract the disease at work?
5. Complexity - Is it a simple risk to understand? For example, if it's a simple risk you have an HIV positive employee who poses a risk to other employees if he has an injury?
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6. Inter-relationship / correlation - How many types of risks are involved? For example, does the HIV positive employee play a risk of exposure to other HIV positive people?
7. Influence - Can your company manage this risk? For example, can you put measures in place to limit the spread of HIV at work?
8. Cost effectiveness - What will it cost to address this problem? For example, will you need to spread thousands on an expensive training programme?
9. Life cycle - How will the risk change over time? For example, if an HIV employee leaves your company, will the risk change?
Consider these nine risk factor to accurately identify your company's HIV risk.
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