Blood Donor Leave

Published on: Aug 29 2016

People of all walks of life need blood products, writes Jade Baker.

Some need it to get them through a serious event in their lives, like cancer or a dangerous pregnancy. Others have medical conditions which mean they need blood products regularly to stay alive or be healthy.

There are about five litres of blood in the human body and it's made up of several useful components. You may be able to donate whole blood, plasma or platelets. Each type of blood donation is used for different medical treatments, and your blood type determines the best donation for you to make.

Many of our Enterprise Agreements provide for paid Blood Donor Leave for permanent employees. This is where you donate blood to the Australian Red Cross.

You should check your Agreement for any Blood Donor Leave provisions. If your agreement does not have blood donor provisions then you can always visit outside of work hours.

Most agreements which do allow paid Blood Donor Leave allow for 2 hours leave for each donation and ask for reasonable proof supporting the donation occurred. Again, check your Agreement.

If you need information on whether your agreement allows Blood Donor leave or any other employment related matter, please contact the SDA on 02 4961 4694 or by email secretary@sdan.org.au

If you would like to give blood contact the Australian Red Cross Blood Service on 131495 or visit their website to register for an appointment: http://www.donateblood.com.au/

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