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To manage HIV in the workplace, include these four aspects in your risk management system

by , 13 November 2014
You have a duty to your employees to protect them at work. This includes protecting them from HIV.

To do this you have to:

- Do a HIV risk assessment;
- Put precautions in place;
- Train your employees; and
- Create an HIV risk management system.

Your risk management system must effectively cover all the areas of your HIV prevention system. It's the only way to protect your employees from HIV.

So when you create your risk management system, ensure it includes these four aspects...


Four aspects your HIV management system must include

If managing HIV/ Aids in the workplace seem like a broad concept, it doesn't have to be. If you include this breakdown in your HIV risk management system, it will be much simpler…
1. Assess the impact of HIV/ Aids in your company and your current risk profile, resources and how susceptible your employees are to HIV infection. Implement an HIV/ Aids workplace policy and programme.
2. Develop an HIV/ Aids workplace programme. Implement long and short measures to deal with and reduce the impact, says the Health & Safety Advisor.
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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.
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 large scale monitoring and evaluation systems, you still have to implement strategies to monitor and evaluate HIV/Aids, TB and STIs.
These four aspects of an HIV risk management system will help you control all the necessary areas.
Remember you need to constantly upgrade and monitor this system to ensure it's effective or your employees will still be at risk.
If you want more information on HIV training, check out HIV – Training in a Box

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