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Indoor Air Quality

Safety Office


Exposure to perfumes and other scented products can trigger serious health reactions in individuals with asthma, allergies, migraines, or chemical sensitivities. A general guideline for scented products is that the scent should not be detectable more than an arm's length away from you. Although people generally think it is a personal choice to use scented products; by their very nature they are shared. Fragrance chemicals vapourize in the air and are easily inhaled by those around us.

What can you do?

  • Be considerate of those who are sensitive to fragrance chemicals.
  • Avoid using scented products; instead, use scent-free alternatives.
  • If you do use scented products, use them sparingly. 
  • Do not apply scented products in a public area.
  • Avoid using products which emit chemical-based scents in your work area.
  • Avoid using laundry products or cleaning agents that are scented.
  • Air out dry cleaned clothing before wearing.

Scent Free Guideline [PDF]

This guideline is aimed at increasing awareness of the reasons to reduce or eliminate the use of scented products wherever possible. We are seeking voluntary cooperation towards a scent-reduced environment in all University locations, on and off campus, by faculty, staff and students.

If you have any concerns about Indoor Air Quality:

1. Inform your supervisor

2. Contact Physical Plant at 786-9839

3. Contact the Safety Office at 786-9894 (if urgent, call 204-782-2588)

4. Complete a Hazard Alert Form