(Closed) I'm Breathing in Smoke at Work!

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
4693 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Yuck! Do you have any windows you can open to air the place out?

Post # 5
9142 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Contact HR immediately; this may be considered an unsafe working condition and you might be able to leave until it is corrected.

Not legal advice.  I would recommend speaking to an attorney if this is a regular issue or it continues after today.

Post # 6
5958 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

If it’s that bad leave for the day….

Post # 7
949 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

That strikes me as a really weird thing for your boss to just wave off like it’s nothing. Is there any way you could get one of those little paper face masks to wear for the day?

Post # 8
1686 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I would let your boss know that the smoke is making you ill and ask if you can work from home the rest of the day.

Post # 10
3886 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Ditto on the work from home request, and perhaps arrange to work from home for the rest of the week as that smoke smell takes a long time to fade. I’d not go to HR unless your boss is not willing to help you make alternate work arrangements; give your boss the opportunity to make it right first.

Post # 11
3220 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I agree with PPs on either working from home or seeing what happens when your HR lady realizes what’s going on.  Can you take a lunch break off-site?

Post # 14
2188 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2024

Hopefully the HR woman arrives soon and makes the decision to send everyone home for safety reasons.

Also side note but your boss sounds like a douche “must be extra hard for you to breathe today hey?” HA – HA.” Um having a chest cold isn’t funny and neither is smoke inhalation.

Post # 15
2233 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I would work from home or just go home. I’m pretty sure you can get sick breathing in that air. 

I’m surprised that they even allowed you into the building if there was a real fire. Most likely (since there are no windows) your building management will have to take care of the smell etc.


Post # 16
2915 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

@.twist.:  I would phone the non-emergency fire department number and explain what happened and ask what should be done. Someone should probably come in and evaluate the building’s safety and whether or not the air is safe to breathe. Hopefully the fire department can advise you. I’d be careful to do it with a “I am a helpful employee doing this to save my boss’s valuable time!” attitude.

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