Accommodating employees with environmental sensitivities
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Saving the Environment Environmental sensitivities can vary, but there are some general accommodations that can help the majority of your employees.Reasonable Accommodations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) mandates that employers provide reasonable accommodations for disabled employees, or those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.And while the Department of Labor doesn't have a definitive list of covered disabilities, it notes that "an accommodation is considered any modification or adjustment to a job or work environment that enables a qualified person with a disability to apply for or perform a job." People with environmental sensitivities can have severe adverse reactions to environmental agents in offices or workplaces like chemicals, office equipment and supplies, fabrics, or furnishings, and may include building materials, dusts, molds, and other micro-organisms.It's also a good idea to ban smoking in or around the office.You may also want to offer employees with environmental sensitivities more flexible office options like telecommuting or working from home more often.
It develops from exposure to substances in the environment and may result in intolerance to even very low level exposure to chemicals.