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Respiratory Difficulties due to Painting

When possible, arrange for painting activities to take place when the building is not occupied (nights, weekends, holiday breaks etc.). Provide notification to employees who are chemically sensitive prior to such activities so accommodation arrangements can be made. Use low/no odor paints and stains that emit low to no volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or are made of natural substances. Allow sufficient drying time and ventilation. Provide a respirator mask if the individual is able and willing to wear one. Arrange for the employee to relocate during painting activities or investigate working from home as an accommodation.

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