There is a growing population that suffers from allergies to various causes such as, pollen, certain foods, or fragrances,scents and odors. 30% Percentage of adults have allergies in the U.S. More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year. One estimate shows $18 billion of the annual cost of allergies to the health care system and businesses in the U.S.
Allergy reactions can vary from mild to severe. In corporate world, allergic reactions can result in a decrease in performance and an increase in the number of sick days taken by these employees.
For this reason, many companies are developing a NO SCENT or a SCENT FREE policy. These policies usually include the banning of wearing any type of perfumes and fragrances as well as the use of no scent cleaning products in the building.
On July 26, 2000, United States Access Board adopted the following policy:
· Federal Register notices announcing Board meetings will include the statement that: “Persons attending Board meetings are requested to refrain from using perfume, cologne, and other fragrances for the comfort of other participants.”
· A sign will be posted outside Board meeting rooms reminding persons attending the meetings to refrain from using fragrances.
· Hotels and other facilities where Board meetings are held will be requested to remove or disconnect any fragrance emitting devices from the meeting rooms and adjoining restrooms, and not to schedule any remodeling activities (e.g., painting, wallpapering) or shampoo carpets or apply pesticides prior to Board meetings.
The Board believes that this policy will provide a more comfortable environment and, in the larger scheme of things, help promote greater awareness of multiple chemical sensitivities.
The difficulty for many buildings however, is that many people associate clean with a fragrance. Depending on personal preference and often habits from your childhood, many associate clean with a floral, lemon, pine, etc. scent. After years of using scented cleaning products, the association of clean and scent is a difficult one to break.
This association is heavily reinforced by advertisements which lead us to believe that in order to be clean, fragrances need to be used in each and every room and on all surfaces. So how does one go about changing this association that clean must have a scent? Communication to all building occupants is the key to success.
The association of clean with fragrance is a strong one. The media is constantly reinforcing that for a room to be clean it must have a lingering fragrance. Breaking this association is not easy. With time and education, people will come to realize that clean has no scent. And often the benefit of using scent-free cleaning products is that you can choose products that are formulated to reduce the impact on the environment without sacrificing cleaning effectiveness. No scent products are better for your health and better for the environment.
At Simply Crystal Clean we respect your company Scent Free policy by using high quality Gen-lab Green/ Eco friendly products. Considering current public health concerns ,we encourage large companies and business owners to consider implementing the same policy to create a healthier and allergy free work place for their employees and clients.