Posted by: jayne | 2010-01-21

Co-worker with TB

One of our employees says that he has been diagnosed with TB. Should his practioner not have written a letter to his employers stating what type of TB he has? He does not seem to cough much (if any) but he has lost weight very quickly and is fatigued. Should all of us that work with him be tested and if so, where? (East Rand) The employee works as a driver for our company. A lot of the time we work on Mine sites where all that enter have to have medical screenings (which he will fail) What are our rights as employers and what are his rights (should we wish to terminat his employment)?

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Firstly you have no ethical grounds to dismiss the ill employee. He has contracted an illness, is receiving treatment and if he complies with this should fully recover. Your responsibility to yourself and fellow employees is to have a short,focussed education session on the signs and symptoms of TB . Under no circumstances are you to breach his confidentiality. The ill employee is the most important person in this story.

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Posted by: Veronica | 2010-01-27

I have a similar problem at work right now - She is waiting for a doctors appointment to confirm TB - but what about the workers in an openplan office at this time BEFORE/ if she needs to start treatment. This is the question. Are we not supposed to worry about spreading TB while awaiting results (before treatment starts) should they not ask her to stay home until the appointment.

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