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Old 12-03-2015, 10:39 AM   #1
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Default My Employer provides scented lysol sprays that trigger my asthma

A month or so ago, I had an asthma attack in my office triggered by a scented Lysol disinfectant spray, and I was hospitalized for that attack. When I discussed the issue with HR after I returned to work, they said that they didn't know if the company had provided the product or if it was brought in by another employee. I asked them about the company policy that prohibits the use of scented products in the office, and they said that it should be common knowledge to all employees. They refused to remove the product from the workplace, and also refused to send out a policy reminder to all employees.
Today, I found a supply (4+ cans) of the scented spray with the office supplies purchased by the company.

My health is endangered by this product, and I'm afraid that it will cause another asthma attack that could be fatal. I'm not sure that I can afford a lawyer, but is that my only option to safeguard myself? Is there anything else that I can do, since my HR department refuses to enforce company policy?
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Old 12-03-2015, 01:51 PM   #2
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I wish to inform you that you may first give a notice to your employer for affect on your health caused by scented lysol sprays. If your employer refuses to compensate you then you may file a lawsuit seeking compensation for health affected because of sprays. As company has purchased thus company may be made liable.

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Old 12-03-2015, 02:44 PM   #3
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Lysol is generally approved for usage to keep down germs and bacteria in a multi populated environment. An employer is required to make reasonable accommodations requested via a doctors letter. As it seems an inhaler would solve your problem if it is used, I do not see any need for them to stop using it for the benefit and health of all other employees in the office. Your doctor could specifically request they do not spray it within 10 feet of your desk.
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It is not unreasonable to request they stop using the scented products. An inhaler will not save you from an attack of that nature. Bring them a doctor's note explaining that you cannot be exposed to it.
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It is not a reasonable request to not sanitize an office area either. They only need to make a reasonable accommodation. Not spraying near OP's desk is a reasonable accommodation. Spraying at other times of the day is also.


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They make an unscented version. Problem solved.
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That would be a reasonable request.

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Glad I found your post ! I have linked all of my asthma attacks specifically to Lysol spray . I am convinced I developed asthma because of this!
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