Scent Free

Fulham School is a Scent-free environment.  What does this mean?  The following information is from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.

What is meant by scent free? 

When we talk about scents, we usually mean the smells or odours from cosmetics (perfume, make-up, shampoo, deodorant, etc.) or from other products such as air fresheners, cleaners, etc.

Can scents cause health problems? 

When scented products have been blamed for adversely affecting a person's health, some or all of the following symptoms are reported:

  • headaches
  • dizziness, lightheadedness
  • nausea
  • fatigue
  • weakness
  • insomnia
  • malaise
  • confusion
  • loss of appetite
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • numbness
  • upper respiratory symptoms
  • shortness of breath
  • difficulty with concentration
  • skin irritation

Allergic and asthmatic patients, as well as those with other conditions, report that certain odours, even in the smallest amounts, can trigger an attack.

What types of products contain scents?

Scents are included in a very large range of products including:

  • shampoo and conditioners
  • hairsprays
  • deodorants
  • colognes and aftershaves
  • fragrances and perfumes
  • lotions and creams
  • potpourri
  • industrial and household chemicals
  • soaps
  • cosmetics
  • air fresheners and deodorizers
  • essential oils
  • candles
  • diapers
  • some types of garbage bags

It is important to remember some products which claim to be 'scent free' may have only masked the scent by use of an additional chemical. Be sure to research the product carefully if using scented products around those who are sensitive.