Allergy Reminder for End of Year

Posted by Kim Cordingly on December 18, 2014 under Accommodations, Employers, Products / Technology | Comments are off for this article

By: Sheryl Grossman, Consultant, Sensory Team

It’s that time again! With all the festivities at the end of the year, we may be tempted to bring in those leftovers or wear that new perfume, but what may seem like a nice gesture or harmless fun can turn deadly if someone in the workplace is allergic.

If your business has a fragrance-free policy in place, this is a good time to remind folks about it.
If your business does not currently have a policy, this may be a good time to institute one.

Sample policy language can be found at: Accommodation and Compliance Series: Employees with Fragrance Sensitivity.

The additional following general policies may be good starting places:

1. Ensure that all employer controlled spaces are fragrance-free:

  • Remove air fresheners from bathrooms
  • Use only fragrance-free soaps in bathrooms and kitchens
  • Provide hand lotion and hand sanitizer for employee use, ensuring only fragrance-free types are used
  • Ensure frequent and appropriate cleaning of workspaces with fragrance-free/chemical-free cleaners

2. Ensure that all employer controlled maintenance, repair, and remodeling are fragrance/chemical-free:

  • Use fragrance/chemical-free insecticide/pesticides
  • Use fragrance/chemical-free industrial cleaning agents
  • Use fragrance/chemical-free glues, sealants, waxes, and paints/stains

3. Ensure that all employer controlled spaces are free of known food allergens:

  • Do not permit foods with known allergens onsite
  • Provide all food on premises
  • Provide ample off-time for lunches to be done offsite
  • Provide designated, well-ventilated area for all food to be stored, prepared, and eaten

Additional information regarding accommodating people with fragrance/chemical sensitivities can be found on the JAN Website.
Additional information regarding accommodating people with food allergies can be found there as well.

Here’s wishing everyone a safe and happy rest of 2014 from the JAN family!

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