Fragrance/scent-free workplace environment

Exposure to perfumes and other scented products can trigger very serious health reactions in individuals with asthma, allergies, migraines or multiple chemical sensitivities.

The health effects of fragrances, ranging in severity from mild to debilitating, can include headaches, migraines, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, shortness of breath and wheezing. For some people, especially those with asthma and other respiratory disorders, exposure to fragrances can trigger the need for emergency medical treatment.

Perfumes and colognes are considered the most concentrated forms of fragrance; however, fragrances can be found in a wide range of products, including soaps, shampoos, deodorants, hairsprays and cosmetics.

To protect our colleagues with chemical sensitivities, we ask for your cooperation in helping to create a ‘scent-free’ environment:

  • Avoid wearing scented personal care products such as perfume, cologne, aftershave, scented lotions, or creams for the body, face or hands. Most brands have fragrance-free products available.
  • Scent-free area posters are posted across the hospital. If you need a poster for your area, please reach out to the Occupational Health, Safety, and Wellness Department.
  • For more details, please refer to Policy 4.10.010: Fragrance-Free Environment.

Thank you for helping to create a safe and healthy environment for everyone. If you have any questions, please contact Abinaya (Aby) Selvakumar (Safety and IPAC Specialist, OHSW Department) at