Post # 1
So, apparently last night there was an electrical fire in our building. I’m not sure what floor. There are 31 floors and it seems like the middle is really smoky. Which is my floor, 21.
I can hardly breathe, I have to take short little breaths. I feel nauseous!
I got in, went to my boss and said “does it stink in here?” he replied “yea, there were, fire trucks here when I got in this morning, must be extra hard for you to breathe today hey?” HA – HA. (I have a chest cold).
It’s like this is no big deal? I feel like my health is being put at risk.
What would you do?
Post # 3
Yuck! Do you have any windows you can open to air the place out?
Post # 4
Nope. unfortunately they don’t make buildings with openable windows any more because too many people jump out of them.
So, it’s all circulated air, which is just circulating more smoke into our offices…
Post # 5
- 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
If it’s that bad leave for the day….
Post # 7
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
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 # 9
@beachbride1216: Our HR woman is on her way in, she hasn’t yet been notified about this, She has Cancer and cannot be in this kind of environment. I’m just waiting to hear what she says when our secretary talks to her. Unfortunately we’re a small company so HR is one woman…. It’s not exactly ran by the books.
@TankGirl: haha, good idea, but not likely…
@Elvis: This is what I feel like doing. I just hate being assertive like that! But I know I need to be.
Post # 10
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
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 # 12
@fishbone: Unfortunately I have a job that doesn’t really allow you to work from home… paper work stuffs. Also, my boss has already made it very clear that today is a work day.
There’s an ongoing joke in our office that our offices would have to be aflame or the city would have to shut down the core for us to actually not have to come into work.
Post # 13
@bookworm88: yep, lunchbreak offsite in 3 hours.
Post # 14
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
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
@.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.