This washroom isn’t accessible:
neither is this one:
nor are the Ontario highway and other washrooms that have these installed:
Pesticides and fragrance! What could go wrong?
Many of us cannot go into a washroom that has an air effer or scented soap.
“In addition to the possibly life threatening immediate and delayed adverse health effects, “our clothes are contaminated and need to be aired out for days before we can even wash them or they contaminate more of our clothes.”
(from a fb comment on the last post)
So what to do?
Posted in Accessibility, Environmental Health, Human Rights, Policy, Public Health
Tagged accessibility barriers, allergies, asthma, cancer, chemical sensitivity, environmental sensitivities, Fragrance, fragrance-free, hazardous air pollutants, IAQ, invisible disabilities, MCS, toxic trespass, washrooms
This is why so many people with MCS/ES, MCAD/MCAS, asthma, migraines, and fragrance allergies and sensitivities lose their jobs and end up housebound.
When policies are mere wallpaper, they become dangerous.
Real people’s lives and well-being are threatened.
Please, do not put up a sign if you are not going to respect or enforce it.
Posted in Accessibility, Air Quality, Disability, Environmental Health, Environmental Sensitivities, Fragrance, Human Rights, Policy, Public Health
Tagged allergies, asthma, cancer, chemical sensitivity, fragrance-free, hazardous air pollutants, IAQ, invisible disabilities, MCS
The Fragrance-Free Initiative from the University of Colorado Boulder’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) has created a video I really like, and they have also put together some other resources that can be useful to learn from when creating fragrance-free policies.
Posted in Accessibility, Air Quality, Education, Environmental Health, Human Rights, Policy
Tagged chemical sensitivity, Chemicals, fragrance-free, IAQ, invisible disabilities, job accommodation, MCS, video
We often hear from people who think they aren’t wearing any fragrance while their fume trail is noticeable (and headache inducing or worse) from 100 feet away. Not only that, but the scent residues are left everywhere these people have touched anything, including pretty much permanently in the furniture they’ve used.
How can this be?
Posted in Accessibility, Air Quality, chemicals in clothing, Environmental Health, Fashion, Laundry, Pollution, Public Health
Tagged accessibility barriers, allergies, asthma, chemical sensitivity, Chemicals, dryer vents, environmental sensitivities, fragrance-free, fragrance-free policy, hazardous air pollutants, IAQ, invisible disabilities, MCS, petrochemicals, phthalates, toxic trespass, VOCs
Dear Minister of Health, we’re ready for action!
According to official statistics:
250,000 Ontarians had been diagnosed with MCS in 2014
and the discrimination is still systemic in 2018
SUBJECT: Accommodation for People with Disabilities
Honourable Helena Jaczek, Minister of Health (at firstname.lastname@example.org )
On September 29, 2017, Ontario quietly released the report “Time for Leadership: Recognizing and Improving Care” for those with myalgic encephalomyelitis /chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and environmental sensitivities /multiple chemical sensitivity (ME/CFS, FM and ES/MCS). This report was produced by the Task Force on Environmental Health for the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.
The report found that throughout the Ontario health care system and in society at large, there is:
• a lack of recognition of the seriousness and severity of these conditions
• a profound shortage of knowledgeable care providers
• a dearth of clinical tools to support and guide care
• a discouraging shortage of services and supports for people living with these conditions
• an absence of support for family caregivers
The lack of knowledge and appropriate accessible care has devastating effects on Ontarians struggling with ME/CFS, FM and ES/MCS.
Posted in Accessibility, Action, Environmental Health, Health Care, Human Rights, Policy
Tagged allergies, chemical sensitivity, Chemicals, environmental sensitivities, fibromyalgia, fragrance-free, hazardous air pollutants, IAQ, MCS, MCS/ES, ME/CFS, multiple chemical sensitivities, Ontario, Task Force on Environmental Health
Here are 11 excellent reasons to stop using and allowing fragrances in your home, at work, in healthcare, in housing, at school, in transportation, in retail, and in other public places:
Posted in Accessibility, Air Quality, Environmental Health, Fragrance, Health, Human Rights, Pollution, Public Health
Tagged allergies, asthma, cancer, chemical sensitivity, environmental sensitivities, essential oils, fragrance-free, hazardous air pollutants, health care access for people with MCS/ES, MCS, mental health, petrochemicals, VOCs
“there is no right to wear fragranced products”
Accommodation for Environmental Sensitivities: Legal Perspective
2007 Canadian Human Rights Commission
Posted in Air Quality, Environmental Sensitivities, Human Rights
Tagged accommodation, chemical sensitivity, Fragrance, fragrance-free, IAQ, invisible disabilities, legal rights, MCS, MCS/ES, policy