Chapter 19 PERSONNEL POLICIES, PROCEDURES, RULES AND REGULATIONS*
Section 19-183 Policy regarding Columbia city employees infected with human immunodeficiency virus.
(a) Preamble. The responsibility of protecting health and privacy rights
of all people is
fundamental. It is known that employees who carry the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are
not dangerous to others through casual contact and, therefore, should not be treated differently.
Individuals having a contagious secondary infection, however, could serve as a source of that
infection to others and, in those instances, a policy for specific infections should be established
(b) Policy. Each case involving HIV infection shall be evaluated separately
in order to assess
risks and benefits to the infected individual and to all others in the setting.
(1) These evaluations shall be made by using a team approach
involving the individual's
physician, public health personnel, and the city human resources department. Other advisors may
be included if considered appropriate by the city manager or his designee.
(2) Employees who are determined to be physically
able to work without presenting a
danger to themselves will be allowed to do so.
(3) Only those persons who have a need to know the identity
of the HIV-infected individual,
in order to detect potential for disease transmission, shall be advised of the individual's identity.
The city manager or his designee shall be responsible for determining those who are to be
informed of the HIV-infected individual's identity. No additional release of information shall be
permitted without the written consent of the individual. The city manager or his designee is
authorized to release general information, appropriate to the situation, consistent with
maintaining the individual's privacy rights.
(c) Education. An ongoing, educational program shall be conducted for
all city employees.
(Ord. No. 11858, § 1, 4-18-88; Ord. No. 15754, § 1, 9-21-98)
(15754, Amended, 09/21/1998, Prior Text)