- Be open about your food allergies. It is important that your co-workers know about them.
- Always carry your auto-injector on the job.
You may have co-workers who have no experience with food allergies. Work with them to find ways to minimize your risk. If there is no Allergy Policy at your company, you can connect with your human resources team to get one established.
Depending on the type of work you do, you may face different challenges in the workplace. Here are some guidelines for making your workplace allergy aware.
- Wear medical jewelry, such as a MedicAlert®
- Have an Anaphylaxis Emergency Plan and share it with your manager and human resources department.
- Teach your co-workers how to recognize the signs and symptoms of an allergic reaction and how to use an epinephrine auto-injector properly.
- Be open about your allergies. It’s important that people know, and it can be helpful in raising awareness for other employees with food allergies.
- When events are being planned, get involved. As a planner, you can help to ensure the event is allergy aware.
- Know your allies, and work together to raise awareness.
- If you are new to the workforce, you may be unsure how to talk about your allergies.
- For helpful information see our resources box to the left.