Rise of fragrance free policies across the US

map-fragrance-policy-by-city-USFragrance free policies have proliferated in the past 10 years in the US, starting in 2001 with the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston through last month when the city council Portland passed a voluntary ban effecting public workers.

These policies aim to limit people from wearing perfume, aftershave and other strongly scented body products to work, school, church or healthcare clinics.

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Does your employer, school or health clinic have a fragrance or scent policy? If so, please tell us about it in the comment box, and we’ll add your report to the map. Be sure to include the name of the institution, city and state and, if you know it, the effective date of the fragrance policy. We verify all reports but will not include your name or any identifying person information.

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  1. Haku Baldwin Center, in Maui, Hawaii has a fragrance policy and to my knowledge it has been in place since it was founded in 1991. Since we offer a therapeutic partnership among animals, patients and clients, in an in-patient and out-patient setting, the wearing of scents is discouraged.

  2. Jill Lynch says:

    This is great to see. Does anyone have a letter or specific approach that is friendly and informative to use in asking an agency, business, faith community, or healthcare facility to consider such a policy?