Working Conditions While Pregnant…

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: What would you do?
    Talk to them : (37 votes)
    84 %
    Quit whining : (5 votes)
    11 %
    Other, please explan : (2 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
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    Busy bee

    Bring it up to the people at work, and if nothing happens, go above them to whichever state run organization deals with workplace health and safety (is that state? Sorry, I’m Canadian!)

    Post # 4
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I would contact these guys. Workplace safety is a big deal and you company should definitely be considering it. If someone gets sick from the CEO keeping running vehicles in the building they could have a big lawsuit. In my industry it’s a huge deal, especially for pregnant women. We have yearly safety training and safety audits, I just passed my audit on Monday in fact. Since your workplace seems to be hostile to pregnant women I would definitely report anoymously

    Post # 5
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    Sugar bee

    @future_mrs_sommer:  I’d probably look it up online and see what the health risks are in working conditions like that and then id go talk to the boss, tell him you’re getting awful migraines and tell him what you found out about it. I doubt he will do anything though so if he doesnt, I’d go to the state.

    Post # 6
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I second @Eckle: ‘s suggestion to contact Cal/OSHA (The link she posted).  That who deptartment is devoted to workplace safety and making sure employers comply with laws regarding workplace safety.  

     

    You may be able to file a complaint anonyomously. ETA: per that link you can request your complaint be anonymous and Cal/OSHA will legally honor that. 

     

    Post # 8
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @future_mrs_sommer:  OSHA is legally required to protect their informant. If you get fired because they suspect you were the informant that sounds like grounds for a wrongful termination suit to me.

    Post # 9
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    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2015

    @Eckle:  +1 on both posts. 

    @future_mrs_sommer:  They can’t legally fire you for reporting unsafe working conditions. 

    Post # 11
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    Busy bee

    I think you need to report it, and if they fire you, sue for wrongful termination.

    Post # 12
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I work in occupational health and safety in Australia and I can tell you this is probably not safe. There are strict guidelines workplaces have to run by. You should inform someone at your work and if he doesn’t stop tinkering with the cars contact your local or state safety department, they will either make him stop or conduct atmosphere testing ( not as fancy as it sounds haha) takes  like a minute and will determine whether the air is within acceptable limits or not.

     

    Post # 13
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    Blushing bee

    I would absolutely report it… He is compromising your health, and no one should have to breathe in toxic fumes just because they have the power and wealth. That is not fair. Even workplaces that get painted usually do it over the weekend and allow enough time for the paint fumes to dissipate. If he wants to collect cars, go for it, but he should close the vents!

    Post # 14
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    Blushing bee

    I’m not pregnant but I’m really sensitive to my air quality, haha. Please don’t think that you are being whiney or ridiculous. 

    Post # 15
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @future_mrs_sommer:  I know this is about diesel exhaust and your CEO’s cars are probably gasoline, but the exhaust and effects are very similar. Car fumes are definitely dangerous and hazardous to your health, if they weren’t people wouldn’t be able to use them to commit suicide. I want to especially point out the bit where it says that not only are the fumes carcinogenic, they are mutagenic. That is extra hazardous for pregnant women. ‘Crazy pregnancy sense of smell’ has nothing to do with the dangers of car exhaust. The most immeadiately deadly component is carbon monoxide which is odorless. It causes symptoms like headache, nausea, and dizziness.

     

    Post # 16
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    @Claire324:  “Even workplaces that get painted usually do it over the weekend and allow enough time for the paint fumes to dissipate.”

    Not mine! 🙁  They’re currently painting, and have been doing so for a MONTH, all during regular business hours. The painters come on whichever days they feel like it, and paint for maybe an hour or two, and then they’re done. So with that kind of schedule, it’s taking ages for them to finish. I’m 18 weeks pregnant now and have had to work from home a whole bunch of days because they were painting. Then we thought they were done, so I started coming back into the office, and now they’ve started doing touch-ups. So every day or couple of days now, there’s a little bit of paint fumes for a little while at a time. It’s just a little bit each time at this point, but it’s nearly EVERY DAY. I was just telling my coworker yesterday, I feel like i’m stuck between a rock and a hard place. I don’t get penalized at all for working from home because of this, but there are drawbacks in terms of how efficiently I’m able to work. So I don’t want to leave every time they show up, and work the rest of the day from home, just to avoid little dabs of paint here and there. But at the same time, I feel like those little bits are starting to add up, and I have to cognizant of my health and safety, as well as the health and safety of my baby.
     
    OP, I didn’t mean to threadjack — I’m sorry! But I can definitely somewhat relate. I am so frustrated now by this lingering painting, that I’ve started to think about whether I should say something to someone. In your case, I DEFINITELY think you should. As a PP said, people use car exhaust to end their own lives, so you KNOW that means it’s a dangerous substance. Safety first!

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