|Wearing Scented Products Like Perfume or Cologne in Public Could Become Regulated|
February 3rd, 2012
Put a twist on a classic office dilemma: What to do about a co-worker
who wears cologne or perfume that's, let's say, disagreeable.
There's a serious reason behind the law. Some people are allergic to perfume and cologne.
The stuff can also trigger reactions in asthma sufferers. The reported effects include skin rashes, headaches, nausea, and breathing problems. Generally speaking, asthma can be deadly when it's not controlled.
FOX Chicago News Skyped tonight with a woman in the south suburbs who has asthma. The Homer Glen resident had a scare once when a man on an airplane was wearing cologne.
Maureen Keane isn’t yet sold on banning fragrances, like the New Hampshire plan. But she said it is worth exploring - and at the very least, more public awareness is needed.
"I think sometimes people might trivial it, and they oh
think get over it,” Keane said. “It's just perfume. But it actually
causes a physical reaction that's dangerous for people."
“If they don’t, you give the wrong impression to your employees, like ‘What you say doesn’t matter,’” HR Director Rafael Meza said. “You could be facing legal action if it isn’t addressed.”
He said companies can ask workers to lighten up on the perfume or cologne.
Some people thought it should definitely be banned, others thought it might be impeding on individual rights, and still others said, “She can wear perfume if she wants to.”