perfume free workplace goes beyond policy and rights
May 1, 2006
Hi, I saw Annie's blog from January regarding fragrance free workplaces. While we are all conscious about our rights and freedoms, an important point that people need to consider while sharing space is their own responsibility to ensure the air they breathe in their workplace is safe and healthy.
Workplace standards for indoor ventilation rates and air quality in office buildings are voluntary. Due to the cost of heating and ventilating buildings, employers are forcing us to breathe our own recycled air about 80% of the day. The States are not monitoring or regulating office buildings for healthy air quality or optimum ventilation rates because if they were, employers would voluntarily impliment a fragrance free policy, because the increase in heating and ventilation costs would cause them to focus on the pollutants present in their buildings that are forcing them to increase fresh air to dilute the pollutants. When the body does not get adequate fresh air throughout the day, the body and mind cannot regenerate and heal properly. People are causing their own degenerative illnesses by holding on to their "rights" to wear fragranced products. People need to take responsibility for every environment they occupy which includes voluntarily banning the use of fragranced products containing 100's of chemicals that cause adverse health affects. The FDA is not protecting us from these chemical potions, we must protect ourselves.
Monday May 1, 2006, 12:14 pm
I agree. The workplace is first and foremost a place where most of us have to be to make a living, it's not a club or a single's bar... The "right" to wear fragranced products in that environment is an idiotic concept. If your perfume is even just giving me a headache (especially on a regular basis) in the workplace, you're infringing on my rights to simply breathe and put food on the table... How anyone could argue their smell-'em-goodie (that's what Grandma calls it, hehe) should overrule another's health and ability to make a living...inconceivable.
Monday May 1, 2006, 12:41 pm
what do you think should be done about poor indoor air quality in the workplace? can we expect people to voluntarily reduce fragrance use? should we push employers to implement a fragrance free policy? should State laws be passed to protect us from so called "low level" chemical exposures such as fragrance in our workplaces? at the very least, ventilation equipment and standards for air flow rates should be enforced.
Wednesday December 5, 2007, 7:27 pm
I work for a vocational rehabilitation agency and this is a problem in our office where people should know better. They have agreed to ask people to not wear scents when we are in meetings, but this is still not adhered to. This has created a lot of anger by those who like to wear scent. I do not understand why they do not care about those of us who get very ill from the effects of perfume.
Saturday April 12, 2008, 12:32 pm
My symptoms from other peoples perfume ranges from just a bad taste in my mouth to my lungs burning, chokeing, headaches, nausea, blocked sinuses and phatigue. Symptoms depend on the type of perfume.
I am also a smoker. Some cities have baned smoking even in my own car in the city, but I'm still forced to breath others perfume.
Beieve it or not some of the chemicals in perfums can cause serious helth problems. Paticularly if exposed for a long period of time.
This link will take you to a toxacology report on Calvin Clines Obsesion, (one of the worst). You will be shocked at what people are putting on and eventually in their bodys just to stink more that the other fellow. http://users.lmi.net/wilworks/FDApetition/analysis.htm
What cracks me up is my boss getting mad at me cause I'm slow working most days. It's his perfume doing that to me. When I told him this he told me to wear a $%&*ing respirator.
Also google pine sol. It and Lysol are really bad for us to.
Tuesday March 17, 2009, 5:55 pm
I also have numerous chemical sensitivites. My work day is very uncomfortable, with migraines, and feeling of confusion, and hard to concentrate. I have awful tastes of chemicals in my mouth. Fabric softeners, personal care products, air freshners, and cleaning products can bring on severe symptoms and if exposed 8 hrs, can leave me almost intoxicated to the point of staggering. I get migraines, tmj symptoms, and muscle aches from head to toe. There have been times where it has taken me 5 days to recover from one persons profuse perfume. Smokers have been forced to move outside because the non smokers can not tolerate the smell of nicotine. I can not tolerate the fragrance and chemicals, yet I am told that enforcing a no fragrance policy is not something they can enforce. Just think there should be more consideration by employers to try to make the work environment safe for all.
Thursday May 21, 2009, 3:34 pm
I am currently at risk of losing my job because I have had problems with perfumes in the work place. I have complained several times because the perfumes have triggered asthma attacks. I am not alone in this affliction and many co-workers have the same problem, I am just the only one who has had the guts to come forward. Since I am just a temporary employee at the company where I am working, they believe it would be easier to just get rid of me to solve the problem. This is unfair and unjust. The person that I have complained about has made it clear and has been over heard saying that she would not quit wearing perfume. This is even after 2 memos have gone out. One in Dec. just before I started working there and one after my complaint.
Thursday April 22, 2010, 4:55 pm
I lost my job May 19, 2010, 6 months to the day I start my job. Due to my complaints about perfumes/scents making me sick. I even had a drs. slip stating they caued me sever migraines, which also affected my sugar levels. I have filed a complaint with the EEOC. I also filed for unemployment. It states in the dress code about wearing strong scents. I have worked since I was a senior in High School full time. The HR person told me " if I don't llike your necklace should I tell you not to wear it" We are talking about scents that can't be avoided. also "If you don't like the environment feel free to resign. I really need help! Hospitals & Drs. Offices do not permit the use of perfumes, for obvious reasons. Supervisors thought it was funny to see me trying to do my job in a call center wearing a mask. These kind of people should not be in Hr or Supervisor position. When I was terminated, one of the supervisors (who wears perfume) was standing and laughing as I was leaving. What happen to consideration for people.
Friday August 13, 2010, 8:13 pm
I wish to start a petition to make it a law so workers don't have to be afraid of losing their jobs, that perfumes and colognes must not be worn in the work place. Too many people think it is their given right to wear whatever perfumes they want, and that their rights are more important than people who are sick with allergies and asthma. Somebody needs to stand up for the people who are affected by this every working day. It is so hard to get through the day with the constant symptoms brought on from the perfumes. Companies will not do anything about this until they are forced to by law. So, let's aim to make it one.