I am employed as a health and safety official in my workplace and a subject of diabetics injecting themselves at work came up… Is there a law that forces the workplace to have a dedicated place, space or room (for a company bigger than 150 people) for the diabetic to go and inject himself and have the facility to dispose of needles in the correct way? Is it excitable for a employee to test and inject himself or herself at their own desk?
“Needle disposal is one of the things that are being looked at.” Putting these disposal boxes up in a toilet and expecting people to go and inject and test themselves in an unhealthy environment like a toilet… need I say more!? If the employee chose to rather use the toilet than sitting at his desk or using a allocated “clean” space ‘if he or she has access to a space like this’ that surely is his or her own preference!
So the question would then be: is the employer obligated to allocate a space for employees to self medicate whatever it is that they require to medicate… from injecting for diabetes to self cleaning a surgical wound if an employee is back at work after having surgery and need to take care of themselves.
What do you think?
– Lourens Marx