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We Share the Air: Guidelines on the Use of Perfumes and Scented Products

Submitted on Tuesday, August 27, 2019

The University of Toronto is committed to a safe and healthy environment for faculty, staff, students, and visitors. Exposure to perfumes and other scented products can trigger serious health reactions in individuals with asthma, allergies, migraines, or chemical sensitivities.

Increasing Awareness
These guidelines are intended to raise the awareness within the University community about the potential impact of fragrance chemicals on the health, wellbeing, productivity and lifestyle of those affected.

Working Towards a Scent-Reduced Environment
In order to protect those individuals with fragrance sensitivities and to possibly prevent others from developing such sensitivities, the University is asking for voluntary cooperation towards a scent-reduced environment. Faculty, staff, students, and visitors are strongly encouraged to avoid or reduce the use of fragranced products, and to replace them with unscented alternatives. This is a request to voluntarily refrain from chemical-based scented products, and not a ban on scented products.

For more information, please visit the University’s Environmental Health & Safety website:

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