On-site clinics with full-time nursing staff and weekly visits by a doctor are operational at the Group’s Port Elizabeth and East London manufacturing facilities. The free-of-charge clinics provide a range of health monitoring services including vision screening, family planning, HIV/ AIDS counselling, employee assistance programmes, audiometry and lung-function testing.
The Astrix plant has an occupational health centre on site, with round the clock medical attendant availability. A medical practitioner is also available at the centre on a daily basis.
HIV/AIDS During the year the Group’s South African operations appointed health risk management company QualSA to assist with the implementation of its formal HIV/AIDS policy, which complies with the requirements of the International Labour Organisation and South African legislation. QualSA assists the Group on a continuous basis in the interpretation and implementation of the policy. Voluntary counselling and testing is provided at all of the Group’s South African operations through an independent service provider. Any employees who are identified as being HIV-positive have access to additional information and clinical assistance provided confidentially by QualSA. Employees identified as HIV-negative are encouraged to maintain their status through continued preventative education programmes. In order to ensure that its HIV/AIDS policy is in line with the latest developments, trends and best practice, the Group appoints field specialists to stringently review the policy on an annual basis, incorporating changes and improvements where necessary. To this end Naledi Development was appointed during the year to conduct its Knowledge, Attitude, Practice and Behavioural study across Aspen’s operations and guide the Group on further necessary preventative and educational interventions related to its HIV/AIDS programme. Independent actuarial service provider TOTH Resources was also appointed during the year to conduct an HIV/ AIDS impact study. The results provided the Group with information to help manage the potential risk posed to the business by the impact of the disease. Aspen continued to extend its HIV/AIDS awareness and education campaigns through methods including educational posters and information material from the Khomonani Campaign (Caring together for life), the Government’s HIV/AIDS communication programme, and the installation of the Red Ribbon website on the intranet. This website provides information on the disease ranging from prevention to living positively with the virus. Condoms are also made freely available from dispensers in accessible areas at all of the Group’s sites. Voluntary counselling and testing under the banner of “know your status” is further promoted throughout the Group. An AIDS awareness programme has also been completed at the Astrix manufacturing facility in India. An HIV test is conducted at the time of an employee’s joining the company.
Aspen Annual Report 2006