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Respiratory Difficulties due to Pesticide Use

While pests can present hazards to our health and well being, so too can the toxic practices used to prevent them. If pests are a problem in or around the workplace, it may be possible to take measures to avoid pest control problems without introducing chemicals into and around the workplace. Pests can be characterized as insects like cockroaches and ants, small animals like mice, or even weeds around the work-site. There are several resources that can provide a wealth of information about alternative or integrated pest management practices.

If it is not possible to use alternative pest management practices, address other accommodation options. Provide pre-notification of pesticide applications. Make alternative work arrangements so the individual can avoid the work-site when pesticides are being used. The employee may be able to work from another location, such as another office or from home, for a temporary period of time.


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