UBC Okanagan has implemented a voluntary Scent Free Program on campus. Look for the No Scents is Good Sense poster throughout campus promoting a healthier scent-free environment.
Scented personal products contain chemicals which can cause health problems for many people, especially those with asthma, allergies or environmental illnesses. The University Health & Safety Committee asks for your support in limiting the use of scented personal care products.
Scented products can cause sore throat, runny nose, sinus congestion, wheezing, shortness of breath, headache, mental confusion, inability to concentrate, flushing, irritability, nausea, muscle pain or migraines. Besides perfume, cologne and aftershave some products that may contain added scents are soap, lotions, deodorants, shampoo, conditioner, hair spray, make-up, sun screen, detergent, fabric softener, cleaning products, candles and air fresheners.
Most manufacturers of personal care products offer scent free alternatives. By choosing scent free personal care products we can lessen the impact the scent has on the health of others.
Dealing with a scent situation can be a sensitive undertaking. There is a delicate balance between expressing your concern to the individual and appearing to be confrontational. If someone on campus is wearing scented personal care products you may feel awkward approaching the person with your concern. As a result you do nothing and end up suffering in silence. Many people do suffer in silence. Try these strategies when dealing with a scent situation.
For Employees/Students experiencing health effects from scented products:
For Supervisors asked to deal with scent issues:
For Teaching Staff:
For Individuals who have been approached about their scented personal products:
Last reviewed 11/4/2009 9:46:56 PM