May 12, 2014

The FCC Women’s Center in the Office of Adult Services is partnering with Counseling & Advising and Services for Students with Disabilities to hold a campus-wide fragrance free event May 12-May 15 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. The event is designed to educate the campus community about potential toxins found in personal care products and common household items and to raise awareness of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity is a disorder in which a person develops symptoms from exposure to environmental toxins, many of which are found in daily household items that emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Synthetic fragrances can cause potentially negative and sometimes life-threatening health effects in people who have Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, allergies, asthma, lung diseases, fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, migraines, liver damage, and Gulf War Syndrome.
“May is the month officially recognized for Multiple Chemical Sensitivity awareness,” said Jennifer Ward, office manager in the Office of Adult Services and an organizer of Fragrance Free Finals Week. “We hope to encourage students, faculty, and staff not just to forgo synthetic fragrances, but to examine all of the products they use on themselves and in their homes.”
During finals week, organizers will have a staffed information table in the H-Building lobby where students and staff can pledge to go fragrance-free, pick up product samples and coupons for fragrance- and toxin-free products, and learn about the potentially hazardous ingredients found in common household and personal care products.  Informational handouts and green ribbons will also be available. Everyone that signs the “Fragrance Free Pledge” will be entered to win one of three baskets of full-size fragrance or toxin-free products.
“As a community, we can all benefit from better indoor air quality. We have lots of people here at FCC trying to learn, study, and work,” said Stella Natale, an advisor  in the Counseling & Advising Office at FCC and an organizer of Fragrance Free Finals Week. Choosing products without toxins helps all of us breathe more easily and allows us to perform at our best.”

For more information, contact the FCC Office of Adult Services at 301-846-2483.