NH Considers Fragrance Ban For Public State Workers

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s House is voting on a bill that would prohibit state employees who work with the public from wearing fragrances or using scented products during business hours.

The Constitutional Review and Statutory Recodification Committee is recommending that the House kill the bill as a possible constitutional conflict between the rights of the individual employee and the health effects on an occasional customer with an allergy to scented products.

The House is scheduled to vote on the bill Wednesday.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

  • ginny2

    Hate to say this, but, it’s about time. I am highly allergic to most scents and go into respirtory distress. They’ve spent years legislating smokers, but never considered other things that can cause health issues. If they decide that this is unconstitutional then smokers should start claiming the same thing.

    • enzo

      Thats too bad for you…but really,why should others suffer?

      • Bill

        I agree. Let those (very few) wear an oxygen masks when they go out…since it is THEIR problem. Why should everyone else suffer. This is rediculous.

  • Barb

    Too much spray means to me..someone forgot to shower today and is trying to cover something up !!

  • Tom Kenny

    I’m pretty sure the Magna Carta allows for the free use of fragrance by all subjects of NH.

  • JCA

    Your children can’t bring anything peanut to school…yet the aging population that “love their scents” are allowed to just roam free spreading their polluting odors.

    I don’t mind the scents, but I’m allergic to the oils that they are clinging to their skin by putting this stuff on. It causes breathing problems, and QUICKLY to those of us so stricken.
    I’m with ginny2.

    • enzo

      I think cars kill more people than scents….should we outlaw them?

  • davey

    Wow, That sounds like communism to me. Can’t wear after shave or cologne or any scent but BO. New Hampshire you are evil

  • paul

    When will we stop serving the FEW?????

  • Mike Alig

    What about farting…..!!!!

  • Ed Hall

    I’m another person who is allergic to fragrance. Those of you who don’t care about us are inconsiderate in the extreme. There’s many events I’d love to attend (like the Boston Symphony) but I can’t, because a lot of people are going to wear a lot of fragrance there.

  • liz22

    Enzo & Bill say “why should others suffer”? How is requesting that good manners for public employees (who incidentally often go to private homes to visit clients e.g. home health aides, social workers, visiting nurses) not to wear chemical fragrances while on the job making anyone suffer? We share the air!

    Chemicals in fragrances are the same used in cigarettes. The fragrance/chemical industry is a GIANT industry with a huge lobby & doing all in its power to stigmatize those who are victims of their greed. Benzenes, ethanols, toluenes & such are in perfume! Yet under trade secret laws passed by congress in the 1950 these ingredients do not have to be disclosed on any label! These chemicals are VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) which means they stay in the air & also stick to the clothing & hair of co-workers, just like cigarette smoke. They are very damaging to individuals who are unable to de-tox them. like cigarette smoke… So who is suffering?

    Over 30% of people have some reaction to fragrances, some severe. Wearing perfume is not a necessity to & no one will suffer by restraining the use fragrances in the workplace!
    We share the Air. Common courtesy, where have you gone?

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