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Scent Free Policy

In recognition of potential health risks, CMHA-Central Alberta has developed a scent free policy. Staff and visitors are asked to refrain from using or wearing scented products when entering this workplace. A list of commonly scented products covered under this policy is available upon request.Thank you for your consideration.

Download our Scent Free Policy

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety has provided the following information on the Scent Free Policy for the Workplace page on their website at: https://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/hsprograms/scent_free.html 

Scents are included in a very large range of products including:

  • shampoo and conditioners
  • hairsprays
  • deodorants
  • colognes and aftershaves
  • fragrances and perfumes
  • lotions and creams
  • potpourri
  • industrial and household chemicals
  • soaps
  • cosmetics
  • air fresheners and deodorizers
  • oils
  • candles
  • diapers
  • some types of garbage bags
  • laundry fragrance beads and dryer sheets

It is important to remember some products which claim to be ‘scent free’ may have only masked the scent by use of an additional chemical. Be sure to research the product carefully if using scented products around those who are sensitive.

When scented products have been blamed for adversely affecting a person’s health, some or all of the following symptoms are reported:

  • headaches
  • dizziness, lightheadedness
  • nausea
  • fatigue
  • weakness
  • insomnia
  • malaise
  • confusion
  • loss of appetite
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • numbness
  • upper respiratory symptoms
  • shortness of breath
  • difficulty with concentration
  • skin irritation

Allergic and asthmatic patients, as well as those with other conditions, report that certain odours, even in the smallest amounts, can trigger an attack.

The severity of these symptoms can vary. Some people report mild irritation while others are incapacitated and/or must give up many ‘normal’ activities in order to avoid exposure (such as going to public places).