The Top Ten Reasons to Be Scent Free at Work

by Catherine Dicker et al. Originally appeared in The Advocate: The newsletter of the Massachusetts Nurses Association Labor Relations Committee.

  1. You save money.
  2. Your co-workers can breathe easier.
  3. You won’t attract the wrong kind of attention.
  4. You won’t trigger someone’s migraine (or maybe your own).
  5. You won’t exacerbate your patient’s asthma.
  6. You will contribute to better Indoor Air Quality.
  7. You will not be in a cloud of acetone, formaldehyde, benzaldehyde, benzyl acetate, benzyl alcohol, ethanol, limoline, linalool, and methylene chloride all of which are listed as hazardous waste and contribute to workplace asthma.
  8. You won’t cause skin reactions in sensitized people.
  9. You won’t be supporting big business profits of companies that disregard consumer health and safety.
  10. You’ll be safe to be around and safe to hug.
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