Magazine article Insight on the News

Stink Police to Enforce Dis-Odorly Conduct

Magazine article Insight on the News

Stink Police to Enforce Dis-Odorly Conduct

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Adding its weight to a trend that has been building momentum for the last decade, the federal Access Board has adopted a policy against the wearing of perfume or cologne at its meetings. Also banned are scents generated by soap or shower gel, and anything else that might fall into the realm of "personal fragrances." The Access Board is an independent federal agency that enforces a variety of laws and rules on disabled-access standards.

"It's a complex issue," according to a statement from the board. Truly, it is: Experts say there are some 5,000 fragrances used in everyday products from shampoo to detergent. To identify them, one has to become familiar with terms such as hydroxycitronellal. They are blamed for nausea, sneezing, sinus problems, migraine headaches, dizziness and many other allergic reactions and ills, including life-threatening respiratory problems. "Different people are affected by different products in different ways," the board notes. …

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