Our Fragrance Free Policy

In our efforts to provide a healthier place of work and care the BCHS promotes a fragrance free environment to minimize the potential adverse allergic and/or medical reactions that can occur among patients, visitors, staff, and volunteers such as asthma, allergies, respiratory conditions and migraine headaches.

Wearing or using products with a noticeable scent such as perfume, colognes, aftershave, and body spray, perfume, cologne, aftershave, some air fresheners and cleaning products is not permitted within this facility.

Procedure:

  • Hospital staff who experience discomfort, an adverse allergic or medical reaction to fragrance will bring the issue to the attention of their supervisor at the earliest opportunity. The supervisor will investigate and if appropriate will inform the person that the fragrance is noticeable, causing discomfort to another individual and advise of the hospital's fragrance free policy.
  • Patients and visitors who experience discomfort, an adverse allergic or medical reaction to fragrance will bring the issue to the attention of the most responsible care giver, or the Patient Relations department at ext. 2395. The receiver of the concern will inform the leader of the department who will investigate, and if appropriate will inform the person that the fragrance is noticeable, causing discomfort to another individual, advise of the hospital's fragrance free policy.
  • The Health and safety Committee will be responsible for promoting awareness of the fragrance free policy during their inspections.
  • All leaders will be responsible for promoting awareness of the fragrance free policy during their departmental inspections.
  • The policy will be reviewed with all new employees and volunteers during orientation and existing employees during regular department meetings as required.
  • This policy will be incorporated into patient orientation literature.
  • This policy will be publicized and promoted for public visitors through appropriate signage, literature and hospital website
 
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