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Scented products can be an irritant to occupants of indoor spaces, particularly when the scents are potent (e.g. small amount of the scent source causing a detectable odour) and their scent can persist for long periods. As a general practice, it is best to avoid or limit using scented products in the workplace. If scents from products are persistent, this can also be an indicator of a ventilation issue, and the further assessment from BCIT Facilities and/or HSE may be warranted.

Examples of products that can have strong scents, or are commonly scented:

  • Perfumes and colognes
  • Lotions, soaps, and other skin hair products
  • Garbage bags, tissues, paper towels, air fresheners, disinfectants/sanitizers, and cleaning supplies.

Flowers/plants (certain species can have strong scents)