Scent-Free Policies

One small way to help make your classroom, workplace, facility, or other space inclusive and welcoming is to institute a scent-free policy. Fragrance sensitivity is a common concern, and no one wants to be itchy or feel ill for the sake of a smell that brings a very minimal benefit to others.

Substances that are often scented include not just personal care products but also cleaners, air fresheners, and even diapers. Scent-masking chemicals can also cause sensitivities. Incorporating being scent-free into your organization's policies makes clear a commitment to people's health and comfort. Anticipating needs and concerns in advance is preferable to individuals needing to come forward to ask for an accommodation. In the early stages of the process of implementing a scent-free policy, a survey can provided to individuals who are typically present in the space. Other steps include delegating responsibility, providing education, addressing concerns, and disseminating the policy.

To find sample questions for employee surveys, read example wording for policies, and explore more information about implementing scent-free policies, visit the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety's website here.