The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre supports the creation of a fragrance free environment so that chemical barriers will not prevent access to the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre for people having chemical sensitivities.
All staff, guests and members are asked to refrain from using, wearing, and bringing scented products and materials into the MNjcc properties and buildings, and to be mindful of the by-product of smoking on their person and others. Compliance with this policy relies on the goodwill of staff, members and guests.
Some people are very sensitive to certain chemicals; they can suffer a wide range of health effects such as rashes, severe headaches, nausea, dizziness and fatigue, whenever they are exposed to very low levels of chemicals in scented products, cleaning agents, and the by-product of smoking.
The potential impact of chemicals in scented products on human health is magnified as most people on a daily basis use soap, shampoo, deodorant, laundry products, hair spray, lotions, cosmetics and fragrances. Many scented products are respiratory irritants. They are known triggers for asthma, allergies and migraines. Even people that do not have pre-existing health problems can have an irritation to their upper airways, eye symptoms and general malaise.
Section 25 (2)(h) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act imposes a requirement upon the employer to take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances for the protection of the worker and guest. Thus this regulation requires the employer to limit the exposure of workers and guests to chemical substances. Scented products are by their very nature shared with others. For people who report multiple chemical sensitivity or environmental illnesses, their ability to function depends on having air free of chemicals.
A worker who experiences these adverse health effects when exposed to scented products has a legal right to refuse to work in a situation that is likely to endanger him or herself. This right is outlined in Section 43 (3)(b) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
The Ontario Human Rights Commission (the “Commission”) affirms its commitment to providing a safe & inclusive environment for all employees, and to accommodating persons with disabilities in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and Commission’s Disability Policy.
Therefore, the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre must take action to limit these exposures to both staff and members, guests and patrons.