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Spring US Trade Mission

An Exciting Spring US Trade Mission for ASL

22 February 2024

We are gearing up for an action-packed and inspiring Spring US Trade Mission, dedicated to promoting healthier indoor environments and recognizing industry leaders committed to the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program. From keynote speeches to prestigious awards, ASL is at the forefront of advocating for healthier living spaces.

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TISE 2024

Tarkett Home Showcases CERTIFIED Healthier Living Innovations at TISE 2024

26 January 2024

Among the standout contributors to healthier indoor living at TISE 2024 was Tarkett Home, with its CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® flooring.

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The Year Ahead: 2024 Strategic Calendar of Events

19 January 2024

We would love to share a list of some of the key strategic events on our radar for 2024, we believe the below are incredibly relevant and vitally important to our ultimate goal: to create a sustainable ‘One Health’ World, where healthy people live on a healthy planet.

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CES 2024

Wrapping Up an Insightful CES 2024

17 January 2024

Standing out from the crowd at CES 2024 were 3M and LG, both proudly displaying their CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® products

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3M at CES 2024 and its Commitment to Healthier Indoor Environments

17 January 2024

We were delighted to catch up with our client 3M at CES 2024, where its CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® products were on proud display.

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CES 2024

A Closer Look at LG’s Health-Centric Innovations from CES 2024

16 January 2024

At LG’s impressive booth at CES 2024, Dr. John McKeon explored LG’s commitment to health-centric innovations.

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CES 2024: The Convergence of Smart Home Technology and Indoor Air Quality

15 January 2024

On the openng day of CES 2024, Dr. John McKeon updated us on the convergence smart home technology and indoor air quality

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ASHRAE241

ASHRAE Standard 241: Control of Infectious Aerosols – Understanding its impact for the Cleaning Industry

21 December 2023

For cleaning professionals and facilities management experts, embracing ASHRAE 241 alongside employing certified cleaning solutions acts as a significant commitment towards protecting public health and fostering healthier indoor environment

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3M at CES 2024 

A Decade of Success With Our Valued Client 3M Filtrete™ 

14 December 2023

A milestone anniversary in our client partnership journey with 3M Filtrete™  – CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® for 10 years!

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Building Health and Wellness: An Episode of ‘Straight Talk’ from ISSA

6 December 2023

At ISSA North America 2023, Jeff Cross, Media Director with ISSA, caught up with ASL CEO Dr. John McKeon for an episode of their webcast ‘Straight Talk’

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Flooring: A Healthier Indoor Environment from the Ground Up

5 December 2023

This Fall, Tarkett Home launched its High Street™ Luxury Vinyl Sheet Collection, specifically designed with Main Street in mind and it is CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly®

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FCW

Collaboration for Clean Air : A Feature in FCW

18 October 2023

‘Collaboration for Clean Air’, by Katie Batkin tells the story of a partnership that is much more than simply commercial, it is a collaboration to create and promote a built environment that has a positive impact on people.

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The asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program – a Blog in Retrofit Magazine

27 September 2023

The latest issue of Retrofit Magazine features a blog by Anna O’Donovan on the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program

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The Value of Indoor Air Quality Standards in Creating Healthier Homes

7 September 2023

Published in CEPro Magazine, this article written by Dr. Anna O’Donovan, describes how indoor air quality standards can make all the difference when choosing indoor air quality solutions for healthier homes

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Are Allergens Underfoot in Your Facility?- An Article by Jennifer Whelan

6 September 2023

Are Allergens Underfoot in Your Facility? An article by ASL COO Jenifer Whelan, featured in Cleaning and Maintenance Magazine

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ASL Science Lead Gives Expert Advice

17 July 2023

When journalists are in need of an expert on indoor air quality they are increasingly turning to our Science Lead Dr. Gráinne Cunniffe

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National healthy homes month

National Healthy Homes Month: Creating a Safer Haven for All

27 June 2023

National Healthy Homes Month serves as a reminder of the vital role indoor air quality plays in our overall well-being. By understanding the impact of poor indoor environments and taking proactive measures to improve air quality, we can safeguard the health of our families.

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Embrace a Breath of Fresh Air with Window-Mounted Pollen Screens

8 June 2023

Pollen screens offer a plethora of benefits – they not only help reduce pollen indoors but also allow for natural ventilation, are energy efficient, versatile and convenient.

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Selfie seals

Selfie Seals – The Perils of Self-Certification

21 April 2023

In a market crowded by generic marketing jargon and claims, what can a genuine third party certification offer?

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How Trade Shows Can Showcase their ESG Credentials

20 January 2023

The concept of ESG means striving to find a balance between economic results, transparency, social interests and the environment…how can Trade Shows achieve this?

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UN right to breathe clean air

The UN Right to Breathe Clean Air: An ESG Responsibility

20 December 2022

This generation demands sustainability and the prioritizing of health without the greenwashing and we are here to help

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Chemicals in Paint and the Importance of ESG Initiatives

14 November 2022

This generation demands sustainability and the prioritizing of health without the greenwashing and we are here to help

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Why regular laundry washing is important to maintain a healthy home environment

28 October 2021

Many people can be allergic to dust mites, pet dander, and other allergens that can build up in bedding, clothes, and other washable items at home. Taking care of these items by washing them regularly is a fundamental part of maintaining a healthy home environment.

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Publication of ‘Colorimetric Sensing of Volatile Organic Compounds Produced from Heated Cooking Oils’

25 March 2021

Dr. Emer Duffy, Science Lead at Allergy Standards Ltd., is the lead author of the recently published, highly relevant paper entitled ‘Colorimetric Sensing of Volatile Organic Compounds Produced from Heated Cooking Oils’ which describes the use of a simple, cost-effective and easy-to-visualise method for the detection of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).

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CERTIFIED Pure Safety® µhigh Performance Insulation

CERTIFIED Pure Safety® High Performance Insulation from Owens Corning has received the 2021 “Green Innovation of the Year Award”

9 March 2021

CERTIFIED Pure Safety® High Performance Insulation from Owens Corning has received the 2021 “Green Innovation of the Year Award”

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Electronic Equipment and Indoor Air Quality – The Importance of Certification

9 December 2020

Electronic equipment is fundamental to supporting a healthier indoor environment. From air cleaners to vacuum cleaners and air conditioners to dehumidifiers, these pieces of equipment can operate to clean, remove allergens and contribute to a comfortable indoor air environment. The certification of consumer products is an informative and essential way to communicate a range of functions and compliance characteristics.

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Keeping your skin safer – Textile Certification Programs

4 December 2020

The skin is the largest organ in the body and is the one that is most exposed to external factors. As a consumer it can be very difficult to know whether a textile has had a particular finish, and even more so to know what chemicals were used to deliver this finish. In order to provide consumers with a signpost for textiles that may be more suitable for them and the environment, a number of certification programs have been established

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Indoor Air VOCs, asthma and allergy, and the effect of air cleaners

29 August 2020

Volatile organic compounds or VOCs are molecules containing carbon which are predominantly in the gaseous state at room temperature.This article will present the possible sources of indoor VOCs, how VOCs impact on people with asthma and allergy and discuss the ability of air cleaners to reduce VOCs in the indoor environment.

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Air Conditioners and the indoor environment

15 July 2020

Air conditioners can play a significant role in good indoor air quality. Greater asthma morbidity – specifically a larger number of hospitalizations, wheezing episodes and night symptoms due to asthma – have been associated with the presence of moisture, mildew and cockroach allergen in homes. Air conditioners provide a dual function of controlling temperature and relative humidity in home environments, as well as potential removal of allergens.

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Architect Magazine

Allergy Standards – Certifying Products for Healthier Interiors.

23 June 2020

Dr. John Ryan, Chief Strategy Officer at Allergy Standards in Archetech magazine discusses the value of third party certification and the responsibility on those in the building and design industry to prioritise health and wellbeing

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Building Materials Certification and Healthy Indoor Air

11 May 2020

It is a common statistic when talking about the quality of indoor air, that we spend approximately 90% of our time indoors. The origin of that statistic was a study by the US Environmental Protection Agency back in 19891. The importance of this is the nature of the contained environment of the home; in the move towards greater environmental sustainability, homes have become more energy efficient and more tightly sealed. While this provides a better environmental impact, it also means that the air in the home does not become renewed through passage of fresh air.

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Invisibility Cloaks and Air Purifiers: How Covid Will Change Cars

24 April 2020

Bloomberg article discusses the future of cars and car cabin air purifiers, citing Mercedes Benz as the first car manufacturers to install CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® car cabin filters. 

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NBC News air purifier article

Best air purifiers of 2020, according to doctors and experts

15 April 2020

NBC News describes the differences between air filters, air cleaners and air purifiers and the benefits of having one in your home. The Dyson air purifier recommended in the article is CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly®

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THE BEST AIR PURIFIERS TO SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVE INDOOR AIR QUALITY WHEN YOU’RE STUCK INSIDE 24/7

9 April 2020

John McKeon, MD, CEO of Allergy Standards, talks to Well+Good about good indoor air quality and its importance as part of a healthy home. Two of the three best air purifiers chosen by the author are CERTIFIED by Allergy Standards.

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Allergy Standards Has New Membership In The World of Electrotechnical Standardisation

6 March 2020

Allergy Standards Limited(ASL) is pleased to announce that their Project Manager, Gildas Guionnet has become a National Participant of the European Committee for Electrical Standardization (CENELEC) and member of the TC 59X/WG 06 Committee for Surface cleaning appliances (Vacuum Cleaners), through the British Standards Institution (BSI).

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Microbial growth in textiles

Antimicrobials in textiles – what you need to know!

2 March 2020

The global textile sector is enormous; in 2018 the value of the US textile sector was $78 billion and employed over 550,000 workers1. In 2017 China produced 79 billion metres of cloth2; that’s enough to go to the moon and back 100 times!

Textiles and clothes are a fundamental part of our everyday life however they also provide an excellent material for micro-organisms to grow on. Measures to prevent microbial growth on textiles and fabrics dates back to Egyptian times when mummy wraps were preserved using herbs and spices3.  Since then bamboo has been used in housing structures and design in China and in World War II a range of chemicals were used to impart antimicrobial activity to tents, tarpaulins and truck covers4. Prevention of microbial attack is essential for durability of the textile, in addition to potential use in prevention of transmission of disease.

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Allergy Standards Joins the Consumer Technology Association

20 February 2020

Allergy Standards is now a member of the Consumer Technology Association – ‘where the people, policies and insights of innovation come together’

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Great Wall Pollution

Air Quality In Beijing

19 February 2020

Beijing’s air quality hovers around the ‘unhealthy’ category for much of the year. The perfect storm of millions of cars, noxious fumes from factories and coal powered industry combines with the city’s geography : Beijing is built on a flat landscape and surrounded by mountains so if there is no wind to blow away the smog, it hangs over the city like a shroud

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Certified Products Best in Their Class – Las Vegas Market 2020

11 February 2020

January wrapped up with our partners Congoleum, Guardsman, and SureFit showcasing their CERTIFIED products at the International Surface Event,and Winter Market in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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It’s Our Air – Time To Take Responsibility

20 January 2020

We are aware and lucky enough to be educated on pollutants and allergens, toxins and poisons so that the indoor air quality in our homes promotes health and wellbeing. Large corporations have come to realise that the health of their employees directly effects their bottom line and that their reputation worldwide really matters.

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Asthma and Allergies : Lets Bust Some Myths for the Newly Diagnosed – Part Two

13 January 2020

Myths or misinformation – the consequences of believing them when it comes to asthma and allergies can range from ignorance to downright dangerous.

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Asthma and Allergies : Lets Bust Some Myths for the Newly Diagnosed – Part One

6 January 2020

It’s a scary thing being diagnosed with a lifelong illness. Here are some myths that you may come across that may worry you.

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Ingersoll Rand Introduces Future Climate Company, Trane Technologies

19 December 2019

Ingersoll Rand introduces future climate company, Trane Technologies, elevating market leading Trane® brand and celebrating the power of technological innovation.

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Key Takeaways from the 2019 World Allergy Congress

17 December 2019

Key takeaways from the 2019 World Allergy Congress in Lyon, France, attended by Allergy Standards’ Head of International Sales.

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The Air In Our Cars

2 December 2019

Car manufacturers have recently been taking steps to reduce that new car smell and indeed in the future we may be reminiscing about it to our kids.

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A brief history of laundry

27 November 2019

Today, by using advanced technology, the most modern machines can confidently remove allergens ensuring a healthier laundry.

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Air Filters: How Important is the Air You Breathe?

25 November 2019

Air is one of the most fundamental requirements for life and air filters can be an excellent way to improve air quality, indoors and on the go.

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Why Are We Becoming More Allergic?

16 November 2019

Pollution, climate change, antibiotics, deficiency in vitamin D, sedentary lifestyle, hygiene hypothesis…what causes the rise of asthma and allergy rates?

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Best Air Purifiers for Babies in 2019

7 October 2019

Air pollution inside our houses can be quite detrimental for babies’ wellbeing, this is why a CERTIFIED air purifier is important.

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An asthma & allergy friendly® Home is a Healthier Home - A scientific article

An asthma & allergy friendly® Home is a Healthier Home – A scientific article

25 September 2019

A human could last up to 3-4 days without water and just 3-4 minutes without air, this is how important healthy air is to us.

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