What do you do when your boss is allergic to your face?
What do I do when my boss is an allergic to my face?
That’s the question posed by a New York Times reporter in a story about a man who has spent a year working as a nurse at a Queens hospital.
The story, published on Wednesday, follows a rash of reports about a growing number of New York City workers reporting skin problems that require hospitalization.
The New York Daily News reported on Tuesday that nearly 40 percent of workers at the Manhattan-based Elmhurst Hospital Center in Manhattan reported symptoms that included skin reactions that were not linked to their work.
The hospital reported on Wednesday that it had investigated five of those workers and found that two had had skin reactions, according to the newspaper.
Elmhurst said it would have to do more to track down the people whose skin reactions it said were “not related to work.”
The hospital’s deputy commissioner for patient safety, John Cogan, said he couldn’t comment on the Elmhurst investigation because the hospital had no immediate comment.
The Times also did not identify the person who spoke to the Times.
“The Elmhurst workers have been working in a hostile environment for a year and are in an advanced stage of their illness,” Cogan said in a statement.
“They are doing excellent, safe work and have not had any issues with their health.
They have not been identified as employees, and there are no indications of a conspiracy or anything untoward happening.”
The Times noted that the hospital was not alone in reporting such problems.
The Hospital Corporation of America said in April that more than 80 percent of its hospitals reported “several” or “many” of the same symptoms among workers, citing the increasing number of complaints from workers who say they have been treated for eczema, which can be caused by the skin bacteria Candida or Clostridium difficile.
Cogan told the Times that the Elmhills case is “unprecedented” in that the company is “doing everything in our power to minimize this risk.”
He said that the workers who filed complaints have not received any disciplinary action.
“It is important to point out that these workers are not employees, are not treated as employees,” Coggan said.
“Our commitment is to make sure we can prevent this from happening in the future.”
The New Yorker, in a report published Wednesday, reported that three more New York city workers had reported skin problems.
“At least five people have told me they have had a reaction to a chemical in the workplace or to their skin.
A coworker said she has eczemias that she says is due to Candida,” the paper reported.