Scent Aware/Scent Free Policy
The space will be a scent/fragrance free environment. This means all conference participants need to refrain from wearing products with scent and fragrance including: soap, body wash, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, hair product, cologne and perfume. You can check the ingredient list for the word ‘fragrance’ if you are unsure if your products are scented. See the links below for lists of products that are inscribed and contain no fragrance. This will make our conference space more accessible for people with multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS) and/or environmental illness (EI).
Helpful Scent-Free Links:
- Peggy Munson, Fragrance Free Environment FAQs (pdf)
- Femme of Colour Realness, Fragrance Free & Beyond
- Billie Rain, Myths & Facts about MCS (pdf)
- Billie Rain, Helpful Downloads for Conference Goers
- East Bay Meditation, Accessibility & Awareness
People with MCS can have a variety of symptoms from being exposed to scents including seizures, headaches (ranging from mild to severe migraine), respiratory symptoms such as asthma attacks, increase in chronic pain symptoms (these symptoms can last for weeks after an exposure). MCS is a cumulative, progressive disorder with no cure, so the more someone is exposed, the worse their symptoms become. We kindly ask that all conference attendees do not enter the space while wearing a scented product.
Ohio State has adopted a tobacco free policy that supports a healthy environment for all members of the Buckeye Nation. Effective January 1, 2014, the use of all types of tobacco products is prohibited in all university buildings and on all university-owned properties, including parking lots, garages, and all outside areas. The full policy can be seen here.