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I just started a new job (YAY!) The thing is that they are expanding into a new unit at my home base work location which means construction is happening as they tear down walls and put up new ones. I feel lucky that I have worked with my supervisor before (at a different place) so she already knows about my celiac and is willing to work around it. I'm wondering how much I need to worry about the plaster dust and dry wall dust in the air at work. I have heard other people talk about sealing up really well and not using central air when they are doing construction in their homes. How much do I need to worry about work? They let me do some of my work from a different location today, but I will need to be back there on Thursday for training. How much should I worry. Is it enough to have a door between where I am and where the construction is going on? If not, what type of things should I do to decrease the chance of getting gluten in me.

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Congratulations on your new job!

I do understand your concern about the gluten in the plaster dust. It is a real concern. I suggest you wear a good dust mask. You probably won't need the heavy duty kind with charcoal filter nozzles--which might cause you some distress if worn all day! If you were in the same room with the construction however the heavy duty mask would be needed--and a shower and change of clothes once you got home.

You might also want to talk to your boss about using an air purifier. They do help reduce the dust.

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I'd be careful about not eating my food (even if it's what you brought with you) around the area where there is construction dust.

I was able to tolerate construction dust in our house during remodel (not living in it) if I did NOT eat in there. Dust gets everywhere... you can wash your hands 100 times but it still gets on them, and your utensils, etc.

I also showered and discarded my clothes as soon as I got home.

I did ok if I was careful. Just try to act like it's flu season - don't touch your face, etc. Wash your hands often, wipe down your work area.

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Thank you both for those suggestions. I was wondering about the face mask idea. They said that the construction is going to last another week. Hopefully I can spend most of the time at the other location. My boss already knows about my issues, so it wasn't a big deal for her today.

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Another thought, drink things out of waterbottles or something of that sort to help keep it out.

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Googles,

Thank You for posting this, i learn something from this forum every day. I read the back of my lightweight sheetrock spackle can, pretty scarey stuff in there. I will be very, very, careful with it!

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Another thought, drink things out of waterbottles or something of that sort to help keep it out.

Thanks,

I hadn't even go to the point of when I need to drink. Hopefully since I will only be there a couple hours tomorrow it wont be a problem. I hope they can keep me out of the office til they are done.

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