How to ask for a fragrance policy

how-to-ask-for-fragrance-policyWant to approach an agency, business, faith community, or healthcare facility and ask them consider starting a fragrance policy? Follow these simple steps to ensure that the process is friendly and informative.

Find people that can help

The Massachusetts Nurses Association is the go-to resource in the U.S. that serves as the model for fragrance policies across the country. Their website suggests some guidelines on how to advocate for a fragrance policy. These include:

  • find like-minded people;
  • identify the person in charge of human resource policies; and
  • sett up a meeting and keep things positive by laying out a win-win kind of approach.

Gather information


You may also send around an interactive poll of your colleagues or friends like the one below to gather some opinions about fragrance before meeting with people in charge.

Should you wear scented products to work?

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Or you might write up, print and pass out an informal survey (shown here, adapted from the MA Nurses website) and ask members of the organization to fill it out anonymously and return it to you.

The association also posts some basic guidelines for framing a fragrance policy that can be adapted to just about any situation. These include:

  • define fragrance and its sources;
  • set up a procedure for implementing; and
  • specifically state who will be covered by the policy and how it will be enforced.

Tell us about it

If you have advocated for or plan to request a fragrance policy, please share your story with us.

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