Fragrance Sensitivity

Important disability information: please inform your students, employees and coworkers that for people who are sensitive, chemical fragrance in any form can cause life-threatening reactions. What some may consider a pleasing addition to their personal style can cause a traumatic reaction in someone else, compromising the ability to breathe or otherwise function. Students can be affected by the perfume/cologne, scented body lotion, strongly scented deodorant or hairspray, even laundry products used by fellow classmates or by a professor. Those who are particularly sensitive do not need to be near someone to be affected by the chemicals in their fragranced product. Reactions can be debilitating migraines or various degrees of asthma (from mild to life-threatening). If a student is having to move to a different seat, cover his/her nose with a tissue or sleeve, or use an inhaler, that student’s focus is on pain relief or even survival, not on learning. If you can smell someone’s fragrance without having to be in their personal space (handshake range), kindly ask the person to reduce the amount used or eliminate the product completely for the safety and wellbeing of people around them. Students who are sensitive to chemical fragrances may register with the Office of Disability Access and Education as having a disability and to request accommodations. Employees may communicate their needs to HR. There is solid legal precedent that sensitivity to fragrance is a disability, protected under the Americans with Disability Act, and it is everyone’s responsibility to protect the health of those around them.  Attached is the information I published in a previous Squawk Box edition and an informational sign to post.