Work and asthma

5) Practical options to discuss with your employer

There may be practical options available which could help make your working day easier and allow your employer to keep an experienced member of staff.

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  • Parking. Could you get a parking space closer to the entrance? The Blue Badge scheme is for drivers or passengers with severe mobility problems. The scheme provides a range of on-street parking concessions enabling Blue Badge holders to park closer to where they need to go. The scheme does not apply to off-street car parking, in privately operated car parks. You must apply for a Blue Badge to the Scottish local authority in which you are resident.
  • Environment. Can you make your work area smoke, dust and fume free? Can the temperature in your area be adjusted? Do you have adequate ventilation or are you allowed to have a small desk fan? Would protective clothing help?
  • Facilities. Do you and work colleagues have access to good hand washing areas to help prevent spread of colds and flu? Is there a separate room where you could work at times when other workers are unwell with colds? Do you have somewhere to go in private when you need to clear your chest or take a short rest?
  • Your work desk. Does your chair have armrests? Is your desk the right height for your posture? Can you comfortably rest both forearms on your desk? Do you need to reorganise your work space to avoid heavy lifting, bending or reaching overhead?