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NCJ Number: 119042 Find in a Library
Title: Managing AIDS in the Workplace
Author(s): S B Puckett; A R Emery
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 191
Sponsoring Agency: Addison-Wesley Publishing
Boston, MA 02116
Publication Number: ISBN 0-201-08058-3
Sale Source: Addison-Wesley Publishing
75 Arlington Street Suite 300
Boston, MA 02116
United States of America
Type: Training (Aid/Material)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book offers a comprehensive approach to managing AIDS in the workplace, with attention to its impact on health benefits, insurance coverage, employee assistance, and public relations.
Abstract: The discussion establishes the following principles: Employees with AIDS do not pose a threat to other employees or to customers in the workplace; AIDS cannot be transmitted during normal social or occupational interactions; education resolves irrational fears about AIDS; and AIDS is manageable in the workplace. Throughout the discussion, the book emphasizes two key points: define the needs of the organization in advance of an AIDS crisis on the job and treat AIDS like any other life-threatening condition. The book addresses the legal and ethical issues of mandatory testing for AIDS and the need to ensure confidentiality while protecting the rights of employees to a safe work environment. Citing examples of successful corporate policies for managing AIDS in the work setting, the book presents a step-by-step approach for a management strategy. The five steps to a planned approach to AIDS are to define the organizational point of view about AIDS; determine whether a formal policy about AIDS is needed, and if so, what kind of policy is preferable; decide how, to whom, and under what circumstances the organization's point of view about AIDS will be communicated; decide how, to whom, and under what circumstances there will be education about AIDS; and decide how the organization will respond to an AIDS crisis and how the crisis will be resolved. Appended supplementary material, a resources list, a subject index.
Main Term(s): Rights of AIDS patients
Index Term(s): AIDS/HIV epidemiology; Employer-employee relations
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