Employment code:

Appendix A9.10

Policy on HIV

1. Statement

We will not discriminate against anyone with, or at risk of acquiring Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). We regard HIV in relation to employment as any other disease liable to affect our workers. There are well established procedures that protect the employment rights of anyone suffering from the disease and reducing the harm to others, which we will follow. We will also ensure all reasonable adjustments are provided along with confidential support, help and advice to any of our workers living with HIV.

We aim to:

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2. Organisation and responsibilities

2.1 Directors

If you are a Director, you have the responsibility to ensure that adequate Health and Safety Management is in place. You will ensure that adequate risk assessment, infection control procedures and information are provided to reduce the risk of an individual acquiring HIV infection as a result of their work, so far as is reasonably practicable.

You should be aware that any employee diagnosed with HIV is considered to be disabled, even if they are not currently experiencing any symptoms.

2.2 Line Managers

If you are a line manager you must:

2.3 All workers (including employees, students, contractors, etc)

Your responsibilities include:

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3. Arrangements

3.1 Work involving human tissue or body fluids

If you are required to handle human tissues, blood and other body fluids, you will be provided with appropriate advice and equipment. The advice will take the form of written guidance on safe systems of work based upon current legislation, codes of practice, etc on this issue. If you have any concerns or issues you should speak to your line manager of your local Health and Safety Adviser.

3.2 Occupational exposure

Each site will:

3.3 Screening for HIV

Screen for HIV antibodies is not compulsory at any stage of employment.

3.4 Confidentiality

If an individual is known to be HIV positive, this information will be treated in strict confidence.

3.5 Working abroad

AIDS is a worldwide disease. In some countries blood transfusions may not be checked for HIV infection or medical equipment may be re-used without being properly sterilised. Before travelling to these countries it may be wise to take certain medical supplies for use in emergencies. In addition to this, a number of countries require certificates to show freedom from infection with HIV before allowing entry and this should be borne in mind prior to travel. If you travel abroad, information on this and other issues may be obtained from the government web sites:

3.6 Education and awareness

Your HR Manager, Occupational Health Adviser and Health and Safety Adviser will have information on support available in your location.

3.7 Reviews and audits

The implementation of this policy will be monitored through the Joint Health and Safety Committee.

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4. Related policies and procedures

This policy should be read in conjunction with:

The application of it must be consistent with the requirements of the The Equality Act 2010.  

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Last updated 03/11/10
Amendment 110 - November 2010