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Work-life and MCS

There is a lack of scientific studies on how and to what extent multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) affects working life.

However, from our help line we know that many MCS-patients experience that their symptoms often are worse at work.

Depending on the nature of the work, this is caused by e.g.:

  • Fragranced detergents, air fresheners and hand soap 
  • Colleagues' use of fragranced products, e.g. shampoo, hair conditioner and perfumes 
  • Open office environment where many - and thus many olfactory impressions - are mixed 
  • Printers and photocopiers 
  • Printed materials and handling them 
  • Degassing from new electronics, new furniture, paint etc. 
  • Other passengers' use of scented products, reading newspapers etc. when commuting on public transport 
  • Exhaust fumes when commuting to work 
  • It is not always possible to identify the source of the symptoms


Work is important but can also be difficult
Working is very important for persons with MCS on both personal and financial grounds, just as it is for all other people.

As persons with MCS react to different substances and experience different symptoms, the best way to deal with problems is to handle them individually—between the employee and the workplace.

However, it is also our experience that some of the hardest-hit MCS-patients cannot work.

MCS-patient Nanette Goddard who works at night and with a mask to avoid too much exposure to scent.
Photo: Nanna Kreutzmann
The Danish Research Centre for Chemical Sensitivities | Ledreborg Allé 40, 2 | DK-2820 Gentofte | Phone + 45 39 77 73 04 | Last updated 23.10.12 | Contact web editor
The Research Centre is funded by the Danish Environmental Protection Agency and is a part of the Department of Dermato-Allergology at Copenhagen University Hospital, Gentofte