Question from an Employer

Question: 

If a colleague complains of an allergy to a perfume or scent that another colleague is wearing, what steps can be taken? Is there a best practice that can be utilized?

Answer: 

Understanding the situation is key. Below are some questions and a resource for understanding the intersection of the particular environment and nature of the severity of the allergies.

  1. What limitations is the employee with fragrance sensitivity experiencing?
  2. How do these limitations affect the employee and the employee’s job performance?
  3. What accommodations are available to reduce or eliminate these problems?
  4. Has the employee with fragrance sensitivity been consulted regarding possible accommodations?

For more tips, resources and sample fragrance free policies visit the Job Accommodation Network

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