Journal article

Ten questions concerning fragrance-free policies and indoor environments

Anne Steinemann

Building and Environment | Elsevier | Published : 2019


Indoor air quality is an international concern, linked with adverse effects on health and productivity. A common source of indoor air pollutants is fragranced consumer products, such as air fresheners, cleaning supplies, and personal care products. Exposure to fragranced products has been associated with health problems, such as breathing difficulties and migraine headaches, as well as lost workdays and loss of access in society. In response, fragrance-free policies have been implemented in workplaces, schools, health care facilities, public buildings, and other indoor environments around the world. In addition, national surveys indicate that more people prefer fragrance-free rather than fra..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Funding Acknowledgements

I thank John Barrie, Alison Johnson, Jim Repace, Susan Felderman, Mary Lamielle, Robert Damiano, Robin Gifford, Dorothy Dooren, Merry Larsen, Laurie Mann, Margo Young, Nigel Goodman and Neda Nematollahi for their valuable contributions. I also thank the anonymous reviewers of this paper for their very helpful comments, and the 60 entities that kindly provided information on the internet about their fragrance-free policies. Finally, I thank Dynata for their superb work on the surveys. The study received funding in part from the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub, at the University of Melbourne, through the Australia Department of the Environment and Energy.