As a community of faith, it is important that all people who come here feel respected and safe – spiritually and physically.
For the general population, exposure to scents is not typically a problem. However for some individuals with chemical sensitivity, asthma or allergies, exposure to perfumes and other scented products could be a health hazard, or life threatening. Reactions may vary from breathing problems to migraine headaches, anxiety, inability to concentrate, nausea, fatigue, and/or skin irritation.
What is SHUC Doing About This?
We ask that all who enter our building be considerate of those who experience scent sensitivity or environmental illness. We created this guideline to:
- Increase awareness within our congregation of the potential impact that fragrances may have on an individual’s health and wellbeing;
- Encourage voluntary cooperation in reducing the use of scented products;
- Inform and empower individuals in addressing scent-related issues; and
- Assist anyone affected by a fragrance sensitivity to communicate with mutual respect and courtesy.
How You Can Help Create a Scent-Free Church Space?
- Please be considerate of individuals who may be sensitive to scented products;
- Do not wear or bring scented products to the church;
- Avoid using heavily scented flowers or scented candles in church displays;
- Be aware of the types of products you use that are scented;
- Choose unscented products; and
- Encourage individuals who believe they suffer from allergies to scents to visit their medical practitioner for a complete diagnosis.
Commonly used scented products include:
- Essential oil products
- Scented deodorant
- Hair sprays, gel and other hygiene products
- Scented lotions and creams
- Scented laundry products
- Air fresheners, scented candles, potpourri or odour masking products
- Industrial and household chemicals and cleaners
- Heavily scented floral displays
Where can I learn more about fragrance sensitivities and scent-free living?
- Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/hsprograms/scent_free.html
- British Columbia Lung Association (bc.lung.ca)
- Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Syndrome http://www.aafp.org/afp/980901ap/magill.html
- Scented Products Education and Information Association of Canada http://www.cctfa.ca/scented/
- Asthma Society of Canada http://www.asthma.ca/adults
- Environmental Sensitivities Research Institute http://www.esri.org
- Scent guidelines and awareness programs are in place at many other churches