Liz Rice speaking about developing fragrance allergies (aka MCS) at work.

“Canary in a Coal Mine” Interview

Liz Rice, B.A.Sc.

Liz Rice is an Enviro-Health Speaker specializing in toxicity and the interaction between the environment and human health.

Her passion for the issue of fragrances in the workplace originated from having developed Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) in the workplace. In 2003, a new employee walked by her workstation and triggered a lung reaction with his cologne. For the next 7 years she navigated the corporate work world, requiring accommodation for an environmental disability that was quite uncommon. At the time, awareness of Environmental Sensitivities (aka environmental “allergies”) was low. Today, while scent-free policies are much more prevalent, the condition is still poorly understood, making accommodation particularly challenging for scent-sensitive employees. With her “No Scents Makes Sense”presentations & training, Liz goes further than just bringing awareness to their challenges. Using a combination of analogies + her personal story, she clears the air by eliciting the empathy needed for employees to adhere to scent-free policies, making this difficult accommodation issue easier for all.