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Last updated January 1, 2014

Is Your Workplace Fragrance Free?

Slowly but surely, some workplaces and other places people meet are going fragrance-free. Is yours one of them?

©2003 Melissa Kaplan

"If the Bill of Rights contains no guarantee that a citizen shall be secure against lethal poisons distributed whether by private individuals or by public officials, it is surely only because our forefathers, despite their considerable wisdom and foresight, could conceive of no such problem."
- Rachel Carson, Silent Spring 1962

"Health can be snatched away in parts per billion."
- Nicholas Ashford and Claudia Miller, Chemical Exposures: Low Levels and High Stakes. 1998

As chemical sensitivities are on the rise, and there is a growing awareness that fragrances are harmful to our health, workers advocating for change are succeeding in convincing management to make their workplaces fragrance-free.

Knowing how difficult change can be to effect in all types of business cultures, workers and management who are in the processing of working towards a fragrance-free environment can use some fragrance-free ammunition. Such workplace conversions aren't well publicized at this point, so I have started this page to provide recognition of those workplaces that have converted to fragrance free.

If your workplace is fragrance free, please let me know about it. Please send me the business name, division or branch as applicable, and web address. If your fragrance-free code or announcement is online, I would like to link to that so that other businesses can see how others are doing it. When known, entities below with an asterisk (*) are partially fragrance-free or in the process of converting.

One final point to be made about fragrance-free and other indoor air quality policies: they are worthless if they are not enforced and periodically reviewed.

Educational Institutions
Federal, State & Local Agencies


Great Ocean Foods, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Heartwood Bakery & Cafe, Halifax, Nova Scotia


Educational Institutions
American Council on Education
Challenge Charter School,Phoenix AZ
Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia
Evergreen State College, Washington
Fargo Public Schools, Fargo SD
Mount St. Vincent University, Nova Scotia
North Seattle Community Colleges IAQ Policy (Full, Short; Snip)
Seattle Colleges, Washington (examples 1; 2)
St. Mary's University, Nova Scotia
Thomas Jefferson Middle School, Jefferson City MO
University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing*
University of Minnesota
University of Washington, Prof. Tom Kerns' Classes


Federal, State and Local Agencies (Meetings)
Missouri Governor's Council on Disability*
Portland, OR Police Bureau Records Department
South East Portland, OR 911 Dispatch


Rosedale/Grandmont Baseball League, Detroit MI
Seattle's English Country Dances
Sierra Club, San Francisco CA Chapter


The following documents have been created by people with chemical sensitivities for use by individuals who are seeking to make fragrance-free their workplace, the businesses they frequent, and events they attend or help organize. We know how difficult and confusing it can be to make the switch to fragrance-free: after all, those of us who are now deeply affected by exposures to fragrances once used to wear them ourselves. These documents are in PDF format for easy printing.

How to be Scent Free (Events, Public Gatherings)
Information for Stores, Businesses
Brief Information on Chemical Sensitivity




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