Sensitivity. The Americans with Disabilities Act (and
Rehabilitation Act of 1973) requires employers to
"reasonably accommodate" disabilities "unless
undue hardship would result", and prohibits discrimination
in hiring, advancement, compensation or training. The items
checked below will accommodate this handicapping condition and
are medically necessary to reduce significant illness caused by
trace exposures to petrochemicals and combustion products in my
- _______Avoid petrochemical pesticides and
use less toxic pest control. Consult the National
Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides (Washington,
D.C.) or Common Sense Pest Control by Olkowski, or
Albert Green, entomologist, 202-708-6948.
- _______ Eliminate petrochemical "air
fresheners" in the building.
- _______Avoid all petrochemical cleaning
agents, waxes, etc. Also avoid irritants and chlorine
containing products. Consult Nontoxic and Natural
by Dr. Dadd, Less Toxic Living by Carolyn Gorman,
Nigra Enterprises (818-889-6877, discount supplier), etc.
- _______In repairs and remodeling, avoid
petrochemical products. Safer substitutes are available:
eg., Nigra, books above. This includes adhesives
(including carpet backing), sealants, roofing, paints,
solvents, coated fabrics etc. Double ventilation flow
after any petrochemical use, up to one year for
- _______Provide activated charcoal filter
device in the patient's work area with adequate capacity
to remove remaining petrochemicals, and regular filter
- _______Provide parking arrangement that
avoids parking garage and walking past many cars on
- _______Educate co-workers in patient's
area that petrochemicals in personal and cosmetic
products can cause illness.
- _______Allow the patient to leave the
building promptly in event of an illness reaction.
Provide alternative work space, even at home if needed,
during unavoidable building problems.
- _______Use a no-smoking policy as passive
smoke aggravates illness.
Please feel free to call me for any questions.
Please submit a written accommodation plan to me within 30 days.