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Scented Products

As per SJGHEL’s “Scent Policy” (OHS-s-10)

The Scent Policy acknowledges that patients, employees, and visitors who have asthma, allergies and sensitivities may be adversely affected by scented products and that personal comfort can be compromised by malodours. While St. Joseph’s General Hospital recognizes that it is impossible to create an odour-free environment, it will strive to limit or control the use of fragrances and unnecessary malodours within the facility.

  1. No personal fragrance products are to be utilized in the facility by Hospital personnel, physicians, and volunteers. Patients and visitors will be advised of the Hospital’s policy through signage, awareness and reinforcement and are also expected to comply.
  2. Personal fragrance products include, but are not limited to: cosmetics, hair styling products, antiperspirants, deodorants, cologne, hair spray, perfume, after shave, body washes, and talcum powder.
  3. Where specific products are necessary for the care and comfort of patients, and for the proper maintenance and upkeep of the facility, the Hospital will attempt to select unscented products where available. Where that is not possible, the Hospital will endeavour to select products that use the lowest possible levels of scent and/or that contain scents and odours that are least likely to have irritant properties. In all cases, choices will be made in a manner that does not compromise the efficacy of the product selected.
  4. In some cases, materials required for patient care or building maintenance may have unpleasant intrinsic odours regardless of whether fragrances or scents have been added to them. Staff and contractors using these products will take all reasonable measures when using those products to ensure their own safety and the safety of those in the work environment by following manufacturer/supplier guidelines, Material Safety Data Sheets, legislation, and Hospital policy.
  5. Deodorizers and disinfectant sprays will be only those approved and provided by the Hospital.