Scented products are all around us. They are in many cleaning products, air fresheners, and personal hygiene products, including soaps, shampoos, lotions, powders, and of course, perfumes and colognes.
Sensitivities to Scents
Perfumes, soaps, and other scented products can cause adverse effects for those with asthma, allergies and environmental sensitivities.
According to the website of the Ontario Human Rights Commission* Allergic and asthmatic patients report that certain odours, even in the smallest amounts, can trigger an attack. In addition, those persons with "multiple chemical sensitivity" may also be affected. The severity of symptoms can vary. Some people report mild irritation while others may be very severely affected and/or must give up 'normal' activities in order to avoid exposure to certain odours.
Symptoms include: headaches, dizziness, light-headedness, weakness, malaise, confusion, loss of appetite, upper respiratory symptoms, shortness of breath, difficulty concentrating, skin irritation, insomnia, depression, anxiety, nausea, fatigue and numbness.
Scented Products and the Town of Huntsville
Town staff already have a scent-free workplace policy. This policy is in keeping with the Town of Huntsville's commitment to promoting social well-being. "The community will encourage and support social diversity and a personal sense of well-being by improving accessibility, promoting volunteerism, striving to reduce poverty, and maintaining a healthy, safe friendly community to live, work and play for all ages, cultures and abilities." - Unity Plan: Goal #6
How you can help
Out of consideration for those with asthma, allergies and environmental sensitivity, the Town of Huntsville asks that the public refrain from using scented products when visiting any Town facilities and minimize their use when planning to visit a Town facility. This can include perfume, cologne, shampoo and conditioner, hair sprays, deodorants, lotions and creams.
We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.