The ADA has stated, “Employment decisions should not be based on generalizations or stereotypes regarding the effects of diabetes. The impact of diabetes and its management varies widely among individuals. Therefore, a proper assessment of individual candidates for employment for current employees must take this variability into account.”
Rights of employees with diabetes…
- The employer should maintain confidentiality about their medical condition and disclosure that may be required on the job application.
- Scheduled regular breaks for snacks, medications and blood sugar testing whenever requirement.
- Ability to have emergency provisions, for e.g., at the workstation.
- To provide privacy for testing blood glucose and administering medication or insulin, if desired.
Responsibilities of the employee with diabetes…
- Confidentiality regarding their medical condition (conditional on the work performed) and disclosure that may be required on the job application.
- Employee should provide a letter from their specialist or general practitioner regarding diabetes status. If required.
- Employee should declare their diabetes to their employer, but not necessarily to all staff.
- Failure to do so may make a person ineligible for workers’ compensation.
- To provide “hypo”/ low blood sugar/ emergency pack for their use in the workplace
- Employee should dispose of needle and blood strip safely with responsibility.
- Employee should aware his / her sign and symptoms of hypoglycaemia and he should able to treat low blood sugar very quickly.
- Diabetic employee should carry identification stating with him, which could be help him in emergency.
- Diabetes employee should be ensured standards for driving criteria are met.
- Employee should carry healthy snacks with him and have it in time.
- Employee should share his disease of sugar with his close colleagues, so in any emergency he can help him.
- Always keep hydrated his body with drinking water and fruit juices.
- Always carry hemoglucometer with him, he should teach to his colleagues, how to use it.
- Always keep sugar candy or plain sugar or glucose biscuits, it would be eaten in low blood sugar.