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PostPosted: Sat Sep 05, 2009 1:13 pm 
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I drive a city bus and lately I am having problems with students spraying perfume on the bus as well as co-workers. Our city does not have a scent free policy and I would like to try and get the ball rolling to implement one. I am afraid that I will be driving one day and someone on the bus will spray something that will cause an allergic reaction. I also have trouble in our lunchroom with other employees. Some will spray their cologne on after I leave the room but others wear so much it is unbearable. I have discussed this with other non-allergic co-workers and some agree something should be done. I would at the least like my co-workers to stop wearing perfume to work and signs on the busses asking passengers to not spray it on the unit. Has anyone helped to implement a policy in their workplace who can give me ideas on how to start this process. I have reviewed the Ontario Human Rights standing on this and it makes me hopeful it may work. Any comments or help will be appreciated.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 06, 2009 1:57 pm 
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I don't have any concrete experience with setting up a scent-free workplace. I'd probably start by speaking to the office responsible for accommodating folks with medical issues. Or I'd go to my union.

As for the city bus--spraying perfume while on the bus is just plain rude, allergy issues aside. I'm sure you'd be doing other passengers a favour by hanging up the sign!


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2009 1:03 am 
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I spoke to the union rep responsible for health and safety today. There is a meeting tomorrow so he is going to discuss the need for this. If they feel it is necessary they will set up a special meeting. He asked me to gather as much information on this issue as I can so I will print the Ontario human rights code for him and any other info I can find and give it to him as soon as possible. If anyone has any additional information pertaining to Ontario laws etc I would appreciate it.
Tonight at work I lectured a girl who sprayed perfume. I hope she thinks twice before doing it again.

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WSIB Code of Business Ethics
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Relationships with Each Other
The core values of the WSIB apply not only to relationships with our
customers and the outside world, but to relationships with each other
as well. All employees want and deserve a workplace where they feel
respected, satisfi ed and appreciated. No WSIB employee shall knowingly
participate in acts of discrimination or harassment towards any person
that he or she has business relationships with. To achieve this, the WSIB
creates, provides and continues to ensure a working environment of
honesty, integrity, respect, trust, responsibility and citizenship. Anything
less is unacceptable and will not be toleratedEveryone must contribute to the creation and maintenance of such an environment and, our senior management must assume responsibility for fostering a context for work that will bring out the best in all of
us.
Everyone must dress according to the requirements of the work
being performed, and the expectations of the customers they are serving.
Everyone must respect the chemical sensitivities of their clients and coworkers
when using scented products in the workplace. (Refer to HR
policy Conduct Towards Employees - policy #60.01.02)

http://www.wsib.on.ca/wsib/wsibsite.nsf ... ethicscode

an example of a scent-free policy:
http://www.mcscanadian.org/.../Scent-Fr ... ion-AB.pdf

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2009 8:20 am 
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Wow! Thanks, I have lots of printing to do!

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 8:25 pm 
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:thanksign Your information is fabulous Susan!

dalbai - did anything come out of the meetings at your work?

It was recently announced that they will be educating ALL of the students at our high school about Scents! There are a few people (students and staff) with problems.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 28, 2010 11:56 am 
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thanks.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 10:23 am 
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A hint of vanilla, a soothing whiff of lemon -- the fragrances found in perfumes, soap, candles, lotions and other products are supposed to be pleasurable, some even stress-relieving. But for fragrance-sensitive people, some of the chemicals used in these products can be irritating or cause allergic reactions.

http://www.ccohs.ca/newsletters/hsrepor ... #inthenews

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 10:03 pm 
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I am still working on it though it might take years, our city is not very progressive when it comes to things like this. I don't find winter too bad because when the heaters are running it dissipates the scent faster. In summer when it is hot there are no fans running so with the heat and humidity added the scent just seems to stay in the air. I will just have to persevere and go off on WSIB for inhaling allergens until it eventually costs too much and they decide to do something. A few other co-workers also have allergies and have expressed concern as well.

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