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SMELLS CAN AFFECT CONCENTRATION IN THE WORKPLACE

17 February 2017 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal


Smells from drinks, flowers and other products appear to have mental distractive effects that can deteriorate visual work performance under certain conditions, according to research published in the journal Environment International.

 

The study Effects by inhalation of abundant fragrances in indoor air – an overview, states, however, that the issue is too “complex to allow for generalisation”, and more research is needed.

 

But the authors said: “We are unaware of fragrances at indoor levels causing severe effects in the eyes and airways.”

 

Distractive effects influencing the work performance by fragrance/odour exposure are consistently reported, but their persistence over time is unknown, added the authors.