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Two things you must know to keep your employees safe from HIV at work

by , 07 November 2014
South Africa has one of the highest HIV rates in the world. This means your employees could be in serious danger if you don't take precautions to protect them at work.

To do this, you need to arm yourself with the right information. Without it, you could miss a vital point and your attempts to protect your employees will fail.

There are two particular things you need to know to protect your employees from HIV at work.

Read on to find out what they are...

 

Here are the two things you must know to effectively protect your employees against HIV at work

 
1. How the disease could spread in your workplace
Find out what the HIV hazards in your company are. For example, do you know if any of your employees have HIV? If they have an accident that causes  bleeding , that employee could spread the disease.
 
If your employees work in a lab or medical environment, any bodily fluids they have to work with could be a possible hazard as well.
 
Do an HIV risk assessment on your company to find out what the hazards are in your company.
 
Just remember, you can't force employees to undergo HIV testing or to disclose their status even if it's in an attempt to protect the workplace as a whole.
 
Here's the second important piece of information you need.  
 
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Reduce the impact of HIV on your workforce
 
How you may ask?
 
By educating your employees on:
 
How to prevent HIV;
How to prevent spreading it;
How to work with HIV or Aids; and
How to manage HIV or Aids.
 
You can minimise the effect their health and HIV status has on your business!
 
 
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2. What to do in a situation when your employees may be exposed to HIV
You need to know what your options are in such a situation. The best thing you can do is to provide your employees with equipment such as latex gloves so they don't come directly into contact with any infected bodily fluids. 
 
Ensure you have this information when it comes to protecting your employees from HIV at work so you can do so effectively.
 
And don't forget to train your employees on the importance of HIV safety. Check out HIV – Training in a Box for everything you need. 
 

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