How to Enforce a Fragrance-Free Policy
“Make it clear that the policy applies to everyone”
“Overall, 34.7 % of the population reported one or more types of adverse health effects from exposure to one or more types of fragranced products.”
“72.6 % were not aware that even so-called natural, green, and organic fragranced products typically emit hazardous air pollutants.”
“20.2 % of the population reported that if they enter a business, and smell air fresheners or some fragranced product, they want to leave as quickly as possible.”
“Significantly, 15.1 % of the general population reported that exposure to fragranced products in their work environment has caused them to become sick, lose workdays, or lose a job.”
…”Finally, for public officials, the problem of “secondhand scents,” or indirect exposure to fragranced products, has parallels to secondhand tobacco smoke. Prevention from fragrance product exposure will enable individuals to work in their workplaces, attend school, and function in society without suffering involuntary harm.” …
Here’s an example of how a health-harm-reduction policy could be written and enforced (once they add laundry products and essential oils to the list):
All persons who work in, attend as patients of, or visit Kingston General Hospital, have an obligation to help maintain a scent-free environment.
“All staff, patients, and visitors will:
Refrain from wearing cologne, perfume, scented personal care products such as body lotions, sprays, and powders, scented deodorant and hair care products, and aftershave lotions (add , laundry products, and essential oils); avoid bringing in scented flowers including but not limited to: Freesias, Lilacs, lavenders, lilies (including day, tiger, Easter Lilies, lily of the valley, and star gazers), Hyacinth and Peonies; refrain from bringing scented air fresheners or personal hand lotions from home.
Fragrance –free hand lotions are available at the hospital.
Staff will advise all persons entering the hospital about the scent-free policy and educate all persons entering the facility about the health effects of scented products.
Patients who are wearing scented products may be asked to wash and/or change their clothing.
Visitors who wear scented products will be asked to leave.
Security will be involved as needed.
Staff who are wearing scented products may be asked to leave the area, wash, and/or change their clothing.
Staff who show disregard for the scent-free policy will face appropriate disciplinary action.
Suppliers will be notified of our policy and our mandate to purchase scent free products wherever possible.
The public will be advised of our policy through the media, and other venues such as appointment requisitions, and scent free signage posted throughout the hospital.”
Help for How to Be Fragrance-Free
Accommodation Ideas for Multiple Chemical Sensitivity or Environmental Illness
CDC Indoor Environmental Policy protects those with chemical sensitivities
Canadian Human Rights Commission Policy on Environmental Sensitivities
Ontario Policy on ableism and discrimination based on disability
- Toxic Chemicals Found in Fragrance
- Dr. Anne C. Steinemann Resources: Fragrance-Free Policies, CDC Indoor Environmental Quality Policy, Leaders for Healthier Air, Air Freshener Fact Sheet, Green Clean Fact Sheet , Toxic Chemicals in Air Fresheners, Toxic Chemicals in Fragranced Laundry Products
- EWG Consumer Guides
- Fragrance free policies from around the world
- Why Fragrance Disclosure?
- Health Care Without Harm on fragrance chemicals
- Women’s Voices For The Earth Reports Reports about fragrances and toxic chemicals in everyday products
- Think Again Training » Fragrance Free
- Ability Tools’ Scent-Free Policy
- Tips on How to be fragrance-free
- 3 Steps to Organizing A Fragrance Free Event
The National Council on Independent Living has developed the following statement on the importance of attending events fragrance-free in order to ensure accessibility for all attendees:
Fragrance can be an access barrier!
To help make this conference accessible to participants for whom chemicals or fragrances are an access barrier, NCIL requests that you come fragrance-free. Please refrain from wearing any scented products or washing with them. This includes clothing that has been laundered with fragranced detergent or fabric softening products. Additionally, please completely air out any dry-cleaned clothing before wearing it to the conference. Read more information about how and why to be fragrance free.
Smoke can be an access barrier!
It is also essential that we maintain a smoke-free environment. If you smoke, please use the designated smoking area located outside the conference center. Please refrain from smoking near any other doorways or paths of travel. …
Cell phones can be an access barrier!
Please turn off cell phones at all conference events and when requested.
Fragrance Fact Sheet
from The Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and Environment (CPCHE)
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How to Enforce a Fragrance-Free Policy
– Remind all visitors that there is a fragrance-free policy in effect
– Mention it in all calls, correspondence and web pages
– Educate them where fragrances are found and how to avoid them
– Send people away or ask them to put on a tyvek (or similar) suit
if they arrive with ANY noticable fragrance residues
* Charge $10 for the suit *
(or whatever it costs to keep them on hand)
While a fragrance-free environment is healthier for everyone and sufficient for most, we might also need to include protection from 3rd hand smoke and other chemical residues in places where “sensitive” populations frequent.
So the chemical industry still profits when people have to buy their haz mat suits to protect other people from all their other products…
What a world!
Let’s make it healthy for all beings to exist!