Scented products worn indoors can impact the health of others sharing the space. Some people are highly sensitive to certain chemicals as a result of past exposures and can suffer a wide range of health effects such as rashes, severe headaches, nausea, dizziness, and fatigue when exposed to very low levels of chemicals in scented products. Many scented products are also respiratory irritants and are known triggers for asthma and allergies. Even people that do not have pre-existing health problems can have an irritation to their upper airways, eye symptoms and general malaise.

When scented products are worn inside, the potential impact on human health is magnified. Most people use soap, shampoo, deodorant, laundry products, hair spray, lotions, cosmetics and fragrances on a daily basis. Please be considerate of the others you share spaces with and avoid using scented products. 

Frequently asked questions

Scented products poster

The poster shown below is available for your work/study area from the Safety Office at ext. 33587 or safety@uwaterloo.ca. You can also self print the poster by clicking on the picture below. 

If you have any questions, contact Linda Brogden in Occupational Health at ext. 36264.

We share the air poster