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It is a very real concern. Multiple Chemical Sensitivity can suddenly appear in an individual who never had issues with chemical fragrances in the past. It can result in individuals experiencing an array of symptoms including, but not limited to, asthma, nausea, difficulty breathing, headaches, diarrhea, and eczema. In extreme cases, some diagnosed with MCS cannot work or take part in daily routines most of us take for granted such as grocery shopping or attending public events due to the encounters with people wearing fragranced chemicals. It is an illness not fully understood but is actively be studied by the medical community. Those with MCS may find an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. A few statistics include:
While research continues, no medication currently exists and the only reliable way to avoid reactions for those with chemical sensitivities is to avoid the triggers. This often requires cooperation of others.
It may seem at first that asking for cooperation to move away from fragranced products is a personal and private matter but when the fragrances from these products affect the health and productivity of others it goes beyond just a private concern. The mission of this initiative is to create a comfortable work environment for all.
This is highly unlikely. There are many similar initiatives at other Universities and workplaces and this has not become a concern at these locations. In addition, today's marketplace offers many fragrance-free alternatives to the scented personal care products.
Going fragrance-free may sound scary but it is much easier than you think. Not only are fragrance-free alternatives available in most local stores, many of the brand name personal care items you are used to have a "fragrance-free" product. Visit our List of Offenders/Alternatives page for a description of the offensive products and suggested alternatives. Having trouble finding a fragrance-free alternative? Just ask us at FragranceFree@colorado.edu as we have lots of experience locating alternatives on a budget.
If a request is made of you to discontinue use of a fragranced product you are using, you may feel hurt, defensive or even insulted by the request. Please understand that the request is about the chemicals in the fragranced product you use and not about you. Try and empathize with the individual and work with cooperation and understanding towards a satisfactory resolution.