Diabetes poses a serious risk to the health of workers, and there may also be safety risks if a worker suffers a ‘hypo’ during a hazardous task like operating machinery.
Diabetes is a hidden epidemic among both the general population and the workforce. If workers are suffering from diabetes, their employer can potentially be exposed to problems such as higher rates of absenteeism, an increased risk of accidents and potential legal liabilities in the event of an incident if a worker with diabetes is either hurt or places others in danger due to the symptoms of the condition.
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