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What is our no scent policy?

Due to health concerns arising from contact with scented products, the South-East Ottawa Community Health Centre (SEOCHC) has created a policy to provide a scent-free environment for all employees, volunteers and community residents.

Medical evidence shows that scented products can be harmful to people with allergies, environmental sensitivity or chronic heart or lung disease. In considering the health needs and concerns of those sensitive and non-sensitive individuals alike, and to provide a healthy working environment for everyone, SEOCHC prohibits the use of scented products throughout the organization’s facilities.

What are some of the health effects of scented products?

Asthma symptoms Headaches
Watery or dry eyes Fatigue
Double vision Nausea
Sneezing and nasal congestion Muscle and joint pain
Sinusitis High blood pressure
Ear pain Swollen lymph glands
Dizziness Breathing problems

What types of things contain scent?

Shampoos and conditioners Soaps
Hairsprays Cosmetics
Deodorants Air fresheners and deodorizers
Colognes and aftershaves Oils
Fragrances and perfumes Candles
Lotions and creams Incense
Potpourri Industrial and household cleaners

What can you do?

When you are planning to visit the Better Beginnings Community House, or Playgroup, or the South East Ottawa Community Health Centre, please do not use or wear any scented products. Wash your clothes in non-scented laundry detergent, use non-scented soap, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, and do not wear perfume or scented oil. If you are not sure if a product is scented, do not use it. It is important that we all do what we can to ensure that SEOCHC and BBBF can provide a healthy environment for everyone.