Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten urges their employes to be fragrance free. They have a fragrance free policy. Well done Aftenposten!
Wednesday, 01.25.2006 “Aftenposten employees are asked to drop fragrance when they are at work. It is actually not as good for everyone.
In Aftenposten, there was little doubt what the staff talked about yesterday: Perfume smell in the open plan office is too strong for allergy sufferers, so management asked employees to drop sweet-smelling on job.
Things for some “Well it smells, but the pain is there for anyone (…) There are several Aftenposten that have perfume allergies – and that independently have made this as very troublesome for them to work everyday,” writes managing editor Solveig Jølstad on corporate intranet, according to trade magazine journalist.
– Therefore, we strongly urge employees to pay attention to their colleagues and do not use perfume and aftershave at work, says Jølstad to Dagbladet.
– Aftenposten employees suse no more or less perfume than other people, but the perfume smell is a challenge in an open area where people can sit close to each other, said Jølstad, which normally uses a moderate dose of Gucci perfume.
According to a study published by the Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Association, suffer two out of five Danes of perfume smell. Approx. three percent are so severely affected that they may have difficulty working.
– We assume that the situation in Norway is similar. This is a growing problem. More jobs should consider introducing similar measures, says acting secretary general of the Norwegian Asthma and Allergy Association, Helen Waaktaar Gamst.
Same way as smoking – Most larger workplaces have employees with such problems, says Professor of Allergology and pulmonary medicine, Kai Håkon Carlsen. According to the professor, the asthmatics who are most vulnerable to strong perfume smell.
The smell affects the mucous membranes and can cause heavy breathing in the same way as cigarette smoke. The prevalence of asthma is increasing in Norway, and Carlsen says that between two and five per cent of the Norwegian population has severe asthma.
– This is the percentage that will be most troubled of perfume. They may notice symptoms as soon as they go to the movies or clubs, says Carlsen.
LO-Secretary Trine Lise Sundnes is positive that workplaces encourage employees to cut out sweet-smelling.
– If you have allergies in the workplace, must facilitate these, she says.
– Sinks me It’s editorial team in Aftenposten that took up the issue, after requests from several allergies. It’s been the most positive reactions, but not everyone is happy.
– Some think that this measure is a bit finicky, admits club leader Hakon Letvik.
– But most people think it’s okay. It’s about showing respect, says club manager.
– Do you use perfume too? – I wash myself, I, smiling Letvik.”