Occupational Health & Safety

Scent Awareness

Scent Awareness Poster


We usually think of scents as the smells or odours from cosmetics such as perfume, shampoo, deodorant, body spray etc. or from other products. However, the issue with scented products is not as much the smell as it is the chemicals that produce the smell. There are more than 4,000 chemicals that can be used in scented products and a typical fragrance can contain between 100 to 350 chemicals, some that can cause health concerns for people with allergies to those chemicals.

Products that traditionally contain scents and chemicals

  • Shampoo, conditioners, hairsprays
  • Air fresheners and deodorizers
  • Industrial and household chemicals
  • Colognes and aftershaves
  • Fragrances and perfumes
  • Lotions and creams
  • Soaps
  • Deodorants
  • Cosmetics
  • Candles

Scent Awareness Links

The following websites offer more information on chemical sensitivities and scent-free initiatives.  They are meant to give you an idea about the current information and discourse available on these topics.  What is expressed in these pages does not necessarily reflect the University's views.

Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety



Perfume in the Workplace



and to provide a balanced approach:


Many people are extremely sensitive to perfumes, colognes, aftershaves and other scented products. Please do not wear them while you are on Campus. 


If you have any questions or comments on the information above please email us.