Locations appropriate for using a blood glucose meter ....

manapua72
By manapua72 Latest Reply 2012-12-22 18:13:30 -0600
Started 2012-12-20 16:14:57 -0600

So I'm busy @ work … Manager comes over and says come see me before u leave … I'm thinking what have I done wrong , who have offended etc … Hour later I see my manager and they said if I had to check my blood sugar to do so in the restroom and not where people could see … Wow , ok I guess


15 replies

Turtle
Turtle 2012-12-22 18:13:30 -0600 Report

Public restrooms are so gross. I try to avoid them even when I need them for what they are there for. Testing in the restroom could make YOU get sick form germs entering your body. I would check with the ADA.

watson4042
watson4042 2012-12-22 13:52:48 -0600 Report

after reading all the other posts, i agree with them. what is the real problem? if you're at your work station and have your back to everyone it shouldn't be a problem. i'd refuse to do it the bathroom unless it was my one at home; otherwise i wouldn't think it was very sanitary. clear violation of ada.

jayabee52
jayabee52 2012-12-22 15:52:55 -0600 Report

does the ADA actually mention the use of the bathroom as a violation? When I read it I do not remember anything like that. But that has been a while ago.

manapua72
manapua72 2012-12-21 19:30:36 -0600 Report

Oh can't do it where I'm @ work … On a line running a bunch of machines … If I'm feeling like I need to check they let me … It's just them telling me I had to test in the rest room that I wasn't too pleased about …

manapua72
manapua72 2012-12-21 19:27:47 -0600 Report

Recalling the conversation I had with a manager & supervisor … They said some people were really squeamish @ the sight of blood and also that my blood be hazardous … I guess according to our company handbook all blood must be treated as if its contagious … I'm thinking this is to protect employees … Still it's just a TINY drop … Prior this discussion they had with me I was checking my sugar @ my locker … Today @ work I just checked in my car on my breaks & on my lunch … I think I will call corporate and see what the companies policy is on this matter is … Thanks everyone …

manapua72
manapua72 2012-12-21 19:27:23 -0600 Report

Recalling the conversation I had with a manager & supervisor … They said some people were really squeamish @ the sight of blood and also that my blood be hazardous … I guess according to our company handbook all blood must be treated as if its contagious … I'm thinking this is to protect employees … Still it's just a TINY drop … Prior this discussion they had with me I was checking my sugar @ my locker … Today @ work I just checked in my car on my breaks & on my lunch … I think I will call corporate and see what the companies policy is on this matter is … Thanks everyone …

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2012-12-21 15:49:18 -0600 Report

What kind of work do you do where testing at your work station would be a problem? I test 7 to 8 times a day. If I were still working (I'm now retired), 3 to 4 of those times (or more if feeling a low BG coming on) would be while I am at work. Unless your testing poses a danger to your co-workers, I can find no reason why you would be asked to "hide" to do so. It can be done quickly and discreetly, even in public. Furthermore, your taking the time to go elsewhere to test and come back to your work station is totally non-productive time from a management point of view. It would be interesting to find out the "Why" of your manager's request…have co-workers or customers complained? As Locarb commented below, management should also be aware of possibly violating the ADA with this request. By testing, you are dealing with your condition in a responsible manner and should not be made to feel that it is wrong.

locarb
locarb 2012-12-21 13:47:17 -0600 Report

This is a clear violation of the ADA. There is an abundance of information also available at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Take a look at your rights. You are entitled, as a matter of established state and federal law, to a "reasonable accommodation" to enable you to perform the essential duties of your position. The fact that a lackluster, uninformed manager who is currently engaged in unlawful practices may find the fact that you test distasteful; is his personal problem and he has exposed himself and his employer unnecessary claims.

I am so tired of these things happening to anyone who merely is trying to take care of his or health while also trying to perform their job.

http://www.eeoc.gov/facts/diabetes.html

ShellyLargent
ShellyLargent 2012-12-21 09:50:08 -0600 Report

I've seen several posts like this on this site and it saddens (and slighlty angers) me that this happens. I guess I've been lucky to always work in offices and with people who are understanding (and somewhat curious) about my diabetes. Doesn't the Disabilities Act cover these kind of things?

UtahToad
UtahToad 2012-12-20 23:32:15 -0600 Report

My first post!

One time I was in a manager office and he asked me to be discrete and not test around him and the rest of the team. (He was especially squeamish!) I told him I'd do my best, then as the subject changed and he reached in his desk and pulled out a floss-pik and started picking and flossing his teeth.

I didn't say anything, but I stood there wondering which was worse. A micro-drop of blood, or remnants of his lunch. Ugh!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-12-20 19:51:44 -0600 Report

I have tested in my office at my desk, in a police car, or at home. Under no circumstances would I test in a public restroom as they are far from being clean. Did you ask him why? Tell him a public restroom is not a sanitary place for you to test.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2012-12-20 19:17:58 -0600 Report

Did you ask him why? If I am at my desk or in my cubicle, I should be able to test. Is there a liability where you work? Are they afraid you are going to spread diabetes by people seeing you test? It's not like you are waving it around and yelling..."look at me!" (or are you?)LOL

I kind of understand the desire to keep those things private and if the restroom is not really gross, I don't see a problem with doing it there. It's just that you should be able to test it anywhere you need to do it. Sometimes getting to the restroom is not really an option.

I don't test in public unless I have to. I usually test in the car before going in to eat or test at home as much as possible. We can't always choose where we need to test and I would take some time to do some myth busting with your managers.

granniesophie
granniesophie 2012-12-20 16:48:15 -0600 Report

I wouldn't test in a public restroom! Those places are filthy and only get a cursory cleaning once in awhile! Did he say why they want you to hide and check your BG? Are people complaining or being grossed out? I assume you are testing very discreetly, and not whipping everything about and around? Sounds to me like this may be an opportunity for some educating here.
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