From the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) in Canada:
“Scented products have an impact on everyone. For most people, perfumed, scented or fragrant products are enjoyed, but for those who have asthma, allergies or environmental sensitivities, exposure can result in illness, absence from work and even hospitalisation.
We want the Toronto District School Board to be a clean and safe environment for all of out staff, students and visitors. To help achieve that, the TDSB has launched a Scented Products Awareness Program encouraging the TDSB community to reduce the use of fragrances and scented products.
Using fragrances is a personal choice, however, by their very nature, they are shared. The chemicals vaporize into the air and are easily inhaled by those around us. Today’s scented products are made up of a complex mixture of chemicals which can contribute to indoor air quality problems and cause health problems.
This awareness program will do just that – increase the awareness within our community about the impact of fragrance on health, wellbeing and productivity of those impacted by scents.
What can you do to help?
Be considerate of those who are sensitive to fragrance chemicals
Avoid using scented products and use scent-free alternatives, instead
If you do use scented products, use them sparingly. A general guideline for scented products is that the scent should not be detectable more than an arm’s length away from you
Do not apply scented products in a public area
Avoid using laundry products or cleaning agents that are scented”
You can find more information here, and by clicking on the following links, you can read all about how the TDSB is raising awareness about scented products and what you can do to help!
- Brochure (140K 5/16/2008)
- Frequently Asked Questions (28K 5/16/2008)
- List of scent and fragrance-free alternatives (23K 5/15/2008)