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Making the Move to a Scent-Free Workplace

Making the Move to a Scent-Free Workplace


Watery or itchy eyes. Sneezing. Headaches. Nausea. Breathlessness. Wheezing. These are just a sample of the symptoms experienced by people with fragrance sensitivities when they are exposed to the chemicals in scented products.

Reactions to fragrances can vary from one person to the next, however once a person has developed fragrance sensitivity, it may continue to get worse over time and with repeated exposure.

Scents are found in countless products that we use every day including soaps, detergents, household cleaners and personal care products such as shampoo, body wash and aftershave. And although these products may smell pleasant, for your coworker with scent sensitivities, they may come with unpleasant health effects. The person wearing scents can be affected by them as well as anyone they come into contact with. This can create a challenge in the workplace where people interact or sit close to one another. Some workplaces promote the "arm's length" rule: that no scent should be detectable at more than an arm's length from the individual. Others are going one step further and adopting a scent-free policy for their workplace.

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has tools to help make the transition easier.

Further Information - Source: Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety