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Etiquette for Use with People Who Have Chemical Sensitivities

When you are with a person who has multiple chemical sensitivities:

  • Choose personal products that are fragrance-free. Be aware that there are hidden, long-lasting fragrances in detergents, fabric softeners, new clothing, deodorants, tissues, toilet paper, potpourris, scented candles, hair sprays, magazines, hand lotions, disposable diapers, and dishwashing liquids.
  • Use only unscented soap in restrooms, and carefully wrap and dispose of chemical air "fresheners"
  • Designate fragrance-free seating sections for church and community events
  • Designate smoking areas away from buildings so people don't have to pass through smoke when entering, or have smoke waft in through doorways or windows
  • Adopt a policy of using fragrance-free cleaning products
  • Provide adequate ventilation; clean furnace filters frequently
  • Make sure toxic substances are labeled, tightly sealed, and stored in a separate safe area
  • Post herbicide or insecticide application schedule in your newsletter. Post signs of treatment dates prominently. Use integrated pest management best practices
  • Avoid wearing scented personal care products in public places. Improve indoor air quality simply by not wearing fragrance. Fragrance, like second-hand smoke, affects the health of those around you
  • Unscented beeswax candles are often well-tolerated by people with sensitivities. Use them, as an alternative to scented or paraffin candles
  • Learn what an individual is sensitive/allergic to and make accommodations respectfully

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