Posts Tagged ‘bad breath at work’

If You can’t get rid of Bad Breath, can an Employer get rid of you?

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Halitosis in the workplace: It’s one of those things that can instantly put you off your lunch or, if you’re the one with the odor problem, may get you in hot water with your superiors. But can it get you fired? Should you get rid of bad breath before your boss starts toying with the idea of getting rid of you?

Unfortunately, there are no easy answers here, which is why eliminating halitosis should be a top priority. Freshen your mouth, banish bad breath and keep your superiors happy.

Of course, before federal law made it illegal to fire people for physical disabilities, it seems possible (if not likely) that a person could have been fired for having halitosis. That’s certainly the drift of the propaganda that used to be slipped into ads for ineffective mouthwashes.

Around 1930, alcohol-based mouthwashes were marketed as being the only thing standing between you and the bread lines. Here’s some choice copy from a couple of the hokier ads:

– “Get rid of halitosis – It may get you fired!”

– “You can’t blame a man for firing an employee with halitosis to hire one without it.”

– “Don’t fool yourself! Since halitosis never announces itself to the victim, you simply cannot know when you have it.”

That last bit is certainly true. Your oral odor doesn’t exactly formally introduce itself every time you get it. Instead, you have to be extra vigilant in order to notice when you’ve got halitosis. This may mean occasionally licking the back of your hand and sniffing it to see if you detect a scent.


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Garlic Breath and Onion Breath is Forbidden in Company Handbook

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Let’s face it; you spend a large amount of your time at work, surrounded by co-workers. If one or more of them has chronic bad breath, they can really be difficult to be around and work with. Even worse, it’s difficult to bring the subject up. What exactly do you do or say to this stinky mouthed person without hurting them or making things uncomfortable?

Well as we have discussed before in another post, you can send a virtual breath mint anonymously if you have their email address.  Just go here: and let us tell them for you.

One Swiss company decided to take things even further and prevent bad breath. According to the UK Daily Mail, the global banking firm UBS Aktiengesellschaft, has banned halitosis in their employee handbook. Specifically, the UBS states in its employee code of conduct that onion breath and garlic breath are unprofessional and strictly prohibited. The response has been divided on this unique measure.


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Pilots’ bad breath arrests prompt hygiene review

Thursday, November 29th, 2007

Stephen Moyes of The Mirror ( writes about two pilots whose bad breath put their own and the airline’s reputation on the line. They were taught to be drinking on the job when it was only a bad case of halitosis. This just shows how important fresh breath is on the job, whether on land or on air. Have they been gargling with alcoholic mouthwash? For fresh breath that cannot be confused for alcohol breath, the best solution is Therabreath Oral Rinse. It is non-alcoholic and contains Oxyd-8 — a powerful oxygenator that effectively attacks and neutralizes the volatile sulfur compounds that cause bad breath odors and bitter tastes.

An airline wants cockpit crew to freshen up their act – after it turned out two pilots accused of being drunk on duty just had bad breath. Virgin Atlantic now fears the oral hygiene of its flying staff is jeopardising its reputation.

Twice police have been called to a flight minutes before take-off following reports of drunk pilots. Hundreds of passengers watched aghast as the cockpit member was escorted off the jet in handcuffs.

An incident at Heathrow in April was investigated but the pilot later cleared when – according to a Virgin spokeswoman – he was found to suffer from halitosis.

But the airline was rocked again last month when police led a 42-year-old first officer away from a Miami-bound A340-600. The 266-passenger plane was taxiing towards the runway when another airline worker raised the alarm after reportedly smelling alcohol on his breath.

He was arrested under Section 94 of the Railways and Transport Act 2003 but again tests revealed he was simply suffering from halitosis.

A Virgin source said: “It’s more than a little embarrassing for this to have happened twice now. It makes terrible headlines and might put off people flying with us. We are seriously considering ordering our pilots to freshen up in the cockpit in terms of their hygiene. We might even be forced to include mints as part of our compulsory uniform.”

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