Asthma and the Workplace
Employers are responsible for creating a safe work environment for those with asthma. This can include avoiding workplace triggers that could cause a flare-up, such as dust, smoke, chemical fumes, or mold. Employers can also provide resources to those with asthma, such as air purifiers and access to medical care if necessary.
When creating a safe workplace for those with asthma, employers must adhere to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for employees with asthma, such as allowing them to work from home or providing flexible hours. Additionally, employers must provide adequate training and education for employees on recognizing and responding to asthma symptoms. This will enable employees to recognize when to seek medical attention or take necessary steps to avoid an asthma attack.
Finally, employers should develop a clear and comprehensive asthma policy. This policy should outline the rights and responsibilities of both employer and employee, as well as the steps that will be taken to ensure a productive and healthy work environment.