for the health & safety of all
NO PERFUMED PRODUCTS PLEASE
Your perfume = My poison
We share the air • No scents makes sense
Adverse fragrance-related health effects cost employers billions of dollars annually, so it makes a lot of sense for employers to make their workspaces fragrance-free. Here are the steps suggested by Chemicals and Christians that employers need to take to make their workspaces free from fragrance, perfume and scent:
- Conduct a needs assessment identifying sources of exposure and who may be affected by them. This includes not only employees, but members of the public and others who share the environment.
- Perform an organizational chemical assessment which reviews all chemical products used in the business and those used by employees.
- Conduct a literature and legal search. Managers need an awareness of the health effects of synthetic fragrances and familiarity with applicable legislation.
- Develop and implement a fragrance-free policy. Include employee representation in all phases of policy development, implementation, and evaluation.
- Ensure support from top executives and occupational health and safety committee members. Make sure all departments understand their role in the policy’s success.
- Develop a discipline and enforcement process. Put clear guidelines in place for confronting violations and resolving problems. A shared enforcement approach is preferable to a “watchdog” system.
- Develop strategies for communicating the policy to non-employees who share the environment.
- Evaluate the policy for effectiveness and make changes as needed. Let employees know of the success of policy implementation on health and productivity.