Module 6 — Scent-Free Buildings
Building operators looking for information about the sources and effects of scents can consult the sixth module of the CCIAQB’s Guide for Indoor Air Quality. The module also describes ways to help operators work toward making buildings scent-free.
There is no standardized definition of ‘scent-free.’ Instead, the module gives examples of personal products that are scented, such as perfume and deodorant. Building operations may also introduce scents, intentionally or unintentionally. An example noted is cleaning products used by custodial staff.
Common symptoms experienced by people with sensitivity to scents are listed. Starting with this context, Canadian legal and policy requirements and recommendations for scent control are considered. Suggestions for policies and standards for scent-free buildings are given, along with a checklist for developing the policies. A list of sources for further information on scent-free policies is included.
An appendix provides two examples of organizational scent-free policies. One is from the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and the second is from the Thunder Bay District Health Unit.