Scent-Awareness Policy Encourages U of G Community to ‘Share the Air’

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Canadians spent $734 million on fragrances in 2014, according to market research firm Euromonitor International. But what if you’re wearing a fragrance that smells good to you and gives someone else a headache?

The University’s “Share the Air” policy encourages students, staff and faculty to be considerate of those with allergies or sensitivities to fragrance by using scented products sparingly or avoid using them if possible.

“Don’t go overboard in terms of usage,” says Michael Dunstan, manager, Occupational Health and Safety at U of G. “If the scent lingers long after someone leaves a room, then chances are they are wearing way too much of a scented product,” he says.

Those with sensitivities to fragrance may experience symptoms such as dizziness, fatigue or difficulty breathing. Even scented cleaning products may trigger a reaction.

If you find yourself working in close proximity to someone who wears a fragrance that you find unpleasant, Dunstan recommends that you speak with your supervisor about approaching the individual.

“We want to create a healthy environment, and any awareness of sensitivities to scents is important for everyone.”