How to Allergy-Proof Your Business This Spring

How to Allergy-Proof Your Business This SpringSpring is finally here and the summer months are just around the corner, breaking everyone free from the icy clutches of winter. But with beautiful weather and lots of sunshine comes an attack on those who suffer from seasonal allergies. As a business, the health of your employees is high on your priority list and if you have employees who suffer allergies this could be detrimental in a number of ways.

Employees have rights under the EEOC that protect them from having to be exposed to allergens. For instance, if someone with asthma is exposed to perfume or office scents or smoke that sets off their asthma, they can claim this as a disability. Now, add in the effects that things like pollen and dander have and you can have some major personnel and liability issues on your hand. So, how do you make sure allergies aren’t an issue in your workplace?

Here are some tips to help reduce allergens and keep your employees healthy this spring.

Dust

A big trigger for people with asthma, for instance, is dust. Some people may see a light line of dust as no big deal but to others, it may be the culprit of a bad asthma attack to come. Dust mites thrive in dust and act as a huge trigger during asthma attacks. That’s why dusting regularly with a damp cloth should be implemented in your office to handle this problem and steer clear of liability problems.

If not, an employee could decide to bring claims against your business stating that you did not do enough to create a healthy environment for them. Local business insurance options, such as Connecticut business insurance, can help to protect your business in the event of a claim. But the best thing to do is to catch it before it begins.

Keep Relative Humidity

Humidity in moderation is actually helpful to keep allergens away while also maintaining a comfortable working environment. Humidity levels should be around 40 percent to keep mold or common allergens from spreading. Air conditioning usually helps apply a proper humidity level in its settings, but if not you can opt for humidifiers to balance things out.

Keep an Eye on Mold

Mold and mildew are detrimental to the overall health of any office or workplace. Make sure to have your workplace inspected regularly for mold by professionals and always make it a point to check for it on your own time. Places like kitchens, bathrooms, and storage rooms are the most active rooms for these kinds of allergens.

Clean with Green

Harsh cleaning chemicals can trigger symptoms for allergy sufferers. Using cleaning products that are environmentally safe can help to cut out this problem because they are allergen-friendly and are made for people who feel their allergies kick up due to the usage of chemical-heavy products.

 

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