Once in a while we’ll see a sign in a public facility, usually medical offices, stating the intention to make it a ‘fragrance free’ setting for the benefit of those who have allergies, asthma and chemical sensitivities.
The wording may change, but they have similiar intentions. For example, back in 2001, Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital took the initiative to formally implement a “Fragrance Controlled Workplace”, one of the first in our country.
Reducing our exposure to fragranced products is not just for the patients of hospitals; it’s for the nurses, doctors and in fact…anyone who breathes. Heavily fragranced products is not limited to perfumes and colognes, but includes soaps, lotions, after-shave products, hair products and even deodorants, as they can be trigger everything from minor nasal irritation to a migraine headache to a full blown asthma attack.
Many of us have had an adverse reaction to a fragrance at some point of our lives and knowing that there are facilities like hospitals creating positive change is one way to continue the much needed process to educate the public about the possible harms of fragranced products. The effort isn't limited to hospitals but airports, conference centers, events, retreats, communities and schools are all becoming more aware.
We love this assortment of friendly and educational signs to help encourage or promote a policy.
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety sells this Scent-Free Zone poster along with button options to help other organizations.
A dedicated checkout lane spotted at the Wedge Co-op in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Funky and fun, this one was found at the SafetyPosterShop.com
We think this this sign is from Texas. We also think it is stately, educational and firm. Nice job.
Friendly font combined with a dab of awareness from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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