How concerned should I be concerned about machine shop odor?
My new office opened last night, and it shares a building with a machine shop. The odors are quite strong. I visited for 20 minutes last night, and I was still breathing the smell (and tasting it) a couple of hours later.
This morning, despite the fact that the tiny windows were open, I couldn’t tolerate the smell. Most of my coworkers, however, seemed to hardly notice. “I smelled it when I first got in, but I think I am used to it now.”
Note: I am highly sensitive to odors. I can’t be around people who wear perfume or cologne. I also have asthma, so certain things seem to trigger it – wood smoke, strong air fresheners, etc.
Anyway, I really don’t want to be that guy – the guy who is complaining about some odor that nobody else really cares about. It’s a remote office, so management is out of state. All of this was handled using other parties (the purchase of new office space). There are only a handful of us in this remote office.
Anyway, how much of this is simply me being “sensitive” to smells and odors? Is there any legitimate concern about constant exposure to machine shop fumes? I don’t want to go overboard with environmental toxic concerns. My father has Parkinson’s and my sister came down with MS a few years ago. She’s quite paranoid about toxins since then, and I have considered myself as taking a rather sane approach to these issues.
Anyway, any thoughts?