Cleaning for Air Quality: An ISSA webinar with Dr. John McKeon
In this webinar presented by ISSA, our CEO Dr. John McKeon will focus on practical tips and cutting-edge systems to support healthy indoor air quality for facility executives
ASL Talks to the IAQS About How to Create a #OneHealth World
Our CEO Dr. John McKeon recently delivered a presentation to the IAQS on how ASL, through its certification, its standards and its academy, hopes to create a #OneHealth world, where healthy people live on a healthy planet.
ASL Looks Forward to the 2023 AAAAI Annual General Meeting
The 2023 AAAAI Annual Meeting is an important date in the ASL diary: it highlights our role as a bridge that connects the building community with the medical community
Chemicals in Paint and the Importance of ESG Initiatives
This generation demands sustainability and the prioritizing of health without the greenwashing and we are here to help
“What We’re Doing Matters”- A Testimonial from Tarkett
Dr. John McKeon chats to Roxane Spears, Tarkett’s Vice President Sustainability North America, about how the asthma & allergy friendly Certification Program helps Tarkett win in the market place
Key Takeaways from ISSA 2022
The key themes of ESG, UN Sustainability Development Goals, Education and Training are ones that are close to our hearts at ASL
Dr. John McKeon will speak at ISSA Show 2022
According to the ISSA, pursuing accreditation, training, and certification helps further evolve the cleaning industry. At the ISSA Show next week, Dr. John McKeon will address this in relation to managing the air we breathe indoors
Dr. John Ryan to speak at Cleaning Products US
Our CSO, Dr. John Ryan, is travelling to Washington DC next week to speak at the first in-person Cleaning Products US Conference since 2019
New York Home Fashion Market Week 2022
NY Market Week is on the horizon and we are looking forward to a busy week catching up with existing clients, meeting potential new clients and of course the Trailblazers & Titans event that we are so proud to sponsor
The asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program Participates in the 2022 AAAAI Annual General Meeting
We are delighted to be participating in the annual conference of the AAAAI along with our partners in the asthma & allergy friendly Certification Program, AAFA. It’s always exciting to be involved in events such as this as it gives us a wonderful opportunity to contribute in a positive way to educating consumers on the importance of healthy indoor air. It’s also a valuable learning opportunity and a chance to meet with other leading organisations involved with the asthma and allergy community.
Healthier Buildings Top of the Agenda at International Builders’ Show in Orlando
Dr. John McKeon, CEO, and Dave Morrissey, CIO, of Allergy Standards Limited look forward to attending the International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Orlando, Florida taking place on February 8th – 10th 2022.
Allergy Standards Ltd announces Partnership with the Global Advisory Biorisk Council™
ASL has announced their partnership with GBAC, the Global Biorisk Advisory Council™, a division of ISSA, on a unique educational program.
The asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program attends the ISSA North America Show
The asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program, jointly operated by Allergy Standards Limited (ASL) & the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), was thrilled to participate in the ISSA Show 2021 in Las Vegas.
Renegade’s SWEAT-X Free and Clear Laundry Detergent earns coveted asthma & allergy friendly® certification
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Allergy Standards Limited (ASL) has announced that Renegade’s SWEAT-X Free and Clear is the first laundry detergent to earn the asthma & allergy friendly® certification.
Why Certified asthma & allergy friendly® Means Healthier Indoor Air for Everyone
Healthier indoor air for everyone is a necessity if we want to prevent against disease and we believe CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® products are the best choices available to help control and improve indoor air quality.
Why regular laundry washing is important to maintain a healthy home environment
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.
Webinar Hosted by Tarkett with Dr. John McKeon, Dhruv Raina and Roxane Spears
In this webinar, Dr John McKeon will be joined by Roxane Spears ,Vice President Sustainability North America, Tarkett, Dhruv Raina Product Stewardship Director, Tarkett , to explore the impact building materials and indoor air quality (IAQ) can have on human health.
The Certification Program Takes the Stage at Cleaning Products US 2021
The asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program, which is jointly run by Allergy Standards Limited (ASL) and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America was thrilled to join forces with the Cleaning Products US 2021 Conference that took place September 29 – 30, 2021 as both a key sponsor and participant.
Dr. Emer Duffy and Healthy Spaces – A Podcast Series from Trane Technologies
Dr. Emer Duffy, Science Lead at ASL has been invited to contribute to Healthy Spaces – A Podcast Series from Trane Technologies
Dr. John McKeon at the EEBA 2021 High Performance Home Summit
Dr. John McKeon, CEO of Allergy Standards, was delighted to present the plenary session of the EEBA 2021 High Performance Home Summit . The session was entitled ‘Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: How the pursuit of healthy buildings, that are good for people, planet, and profits, is the way forward for purpose-driven professionals’.
ASL and the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program at Greenbuild’s 2021 Global Health & Wellness Summit
Dr. John McKeon , CEO of Allergy Standards, and the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program team were delighted to present at the 2021 Global Health & Wellness Summit, part of the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo.
ASL and the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program at Greenbuild’s 2021 International Conference and Its Global Health & Wellness Summit
Dr. John McKeon , CEO of Allergy Standards, and the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program team are delighted to be involved in the 2021 Greenbuild International Conference and its Global Health & Wellness Summit.
Dr. John McKeon will be Joined by Gord Cooke For Plenary Session at EEBA Summit 2021
We are delighted to announce that the EEBA High Performance Home Summit 2021 is being opened by our CEO Dr. John McKeon. He will be joined by Gord Cooke, Professional Engineer and CEO of Construction Instruction, for a presentation entitled Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise: How the pursuit of healthy buildings, that are good for people, planet, and profits, is the way forward for purpose-driven professionals.
Dr. John McKeon on Healthy Indoors Live
Watch our CEO Dr John McKeon and President & CEO of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, Kenneth Mendez, on Healthy Indoors Live with Bob Krell for a very interesting dive into the significant role a healthy indoor environment plays in our overall health & well-being.
EEBA Webinar for Launch of ‘Healthier Homes Awareness For Building Professionals’ Now Available To View
EEBA Webinar for Launch of Healthier Homes Awareness Program Now Available To View
Mistakes Made When Building A Healthy Home
Building a healthy home may seem complicated or even overwhelming but by breaking down the various aspects of a build, the task can be simplified. Firstly consider the material the building is made from, then how the home is decorated or finished, which also includes the ventilation, and finally what we bring into the building and how we maintain the building.
Publication of ‘Colorimetric Sensing of Volatile Organic Compounds Produced from Heated Cooking Oils’
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).
Certification Program Highlighted In The Washington Post
Great to see the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program highlighted in The Washington Post. The author, Laura Daily, was tasked with finding out what is the best flooring for allergy sufferers and how consumers can really know what’s in the materials being used.
Things to Consider When Building or Designing A Kitchen for Those Impacted by Asthma and Allergies
The kitchen is an area of high traffic with many different sources of asthma and allergy triggers. Cooking and cleaning introduce particles and allergens into the air; flooring, paints and insulation can release potentially harmful chemicals; insects, attracted to food, can act as triggers; pollen is brought in on clothing from outside. Furniture, sealants, glues and home office equipment can emit harmful chemicals and furthermore, the kitchen is where a pet is most likely to spend its time
Things to consider when building/designing a bedroom for those impacted by asthma and allergies
We know that people spend up to 90% of their life indoors and 30% of this time may be in the bedroom. Infants and young children spend even longer than this. Integral to the designing of a well-functioning bedroom are the concepts of comfort, wellness and health but the bedroom can be rife with asthma and allergy triggers with the potential to impact on these concepts and turn a bedroom into a negative space.
10 Reasons Why Indoor Air Quality Is So Relevant Right Now
Indoor air quality is in the News. What has been a longstanding health issue has hit the spotlight. Due to a number of issues and events occurring over recent times, the air we breathe in our homes and workspaces is becoming visible.
Electronic Equipment and Indoor Air Quality – The Importance of Certification
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.
Keeping your skin safer – Textile Certification Programs
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
Dr. John McKeon To Present A Talk Hosted by Tarkett Entitled ‘Breathe Clean Air Program: Advanced Training for Building Professionals’
Dr. John McKeon, CEO of Allergy Standards, is recognised for delivering informative, cutting edge talks, lectures and workshops on developing international standards, Indoor Air Quality, third body certification and innovation so is particularly honoured to be presenting a talk hosted by Tarkett entitled ‘Breathe Clean Air Program: Advanced Training for Building Professionals’
The Perils And Pitfalls of Hand Sanitizer
Last week in Ireland, a brand of hand sanitizer was recalled as it does not comply with regulations governing the content and efficacy of such products. Some of the product contains methanol rather than ethanol. Prolonged use of such sanitizer may cause dermatitis, eye irritation, upper respiratory system irritation and headaches
Allergy Standards Ltd Kicks Off Indoor Air Quality Awareness Month with Keynote Role at Premiere Industry Event Hosted by Certified Flooring Partner Tarkett
Allergy Standards Limited (ASL) is pleased to announce their participation in Tarkett’s Learn.Give.Breathe Event taking place virtually on October 7th where Allergy Standards Limited CEO, Dr. John McKeon will serve as a keynote speaker conveying powerful insights about the heightened importance of Indoor Air Quality, triggers of Indoor Air Pollution, and how to create a healthy home environment through building materials, best practices, and beyond. Not only is Tarkett a CERTIFIED flooring partner of the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program but their company mission is also fully aligned with the Program, as their goal is to create healthier homes through offering flooring materials that allow individuals to make better purchasing decisions to improve their Indoor Air Quality (IAQ).
Indoor Air VOCs, asthma and allergy, and the effect of air cleaners
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.
10 Questions to ask your Home Appliances Buyer
Consumers need a recognisable, trustworthy mark to help them identify the truly beneficial products. This is where asthma & allergy friendly® comes in: a certification that focuses solely on a product’s impact on human health.
Portable Air Conditioner – A Good Choice For A Healthy Home?
This summer we are likely to spend more time in our homes than ever and with temperatures rising, it’s time to tackle any issues with our air conditioning. Living in a space that is too hot and sticky can be difficult. Tempers fray, sleep suffers, babies and small children get cranky. But its not just our mood that is impacted. Our health is effected too. Here’s some help if you are considering a portable air conditioner.
Allergy Standards – Certifying Products for Healthier Interiors.
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
10 questions to ask your Textile Buyer
Being CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® gives a product an edge over its competitors in many ways. What is it exactly that makes an asthma & allergy friendly® textile stand out? Here are some useful questions and answers to make that advantage clear.
EEBA Webinar with Dr. John McKeon:Designing for Health in the Home- The Importance of Indoor Air Quality
This talk explores current and future healthy home trends with a focus on indoor air quality, whole house filtration and the importance of third party certification. IAQ is a key component in the healthy home and builders will benefit by a deeper understanding of how whole house filtration and other asthma and allergy friendly products can help them keep their business healthy.
Air Quality in Delhi – A Threat to Lung Health
The air quality in India has a huge impact on health. Indoor air quality and outdoor air quality play a role in the cause of asthma, COPD and TB
Standards, third party certification, labels you can trust….why do they matter?
As more and more countries are infected by coronavirus, we can learn from the experiences of others first affected, both from their successful actions and their failures. We can put measures and processes in place to help us stay safe. By learning from our mistakes we can set guidelines and protocols. One thing this health crisis has highlighted is the need and importance of such safety measures. In particular, standards, trusted labels and third party certification.
Babies, Asthma and Household Cleaning Products- A Worrying New Link
A recent study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal has shown an association between use of household cleaning products in the first few months of a child’s life and risk of childhood wheeze and asthma at age 3. Basically the study is saying that the more often we use cleaning products in our homes when our kids are small, the more likely our children will have a wheeze or asthma later
A Brief History of Volatile Organic Compounds
Did you know that the air filling your lungs can be heavily polluted with volatile organic compounds and actually a far cry from healthy?
Chemicals in Textiles and the Health Implications
We are constantly in contact with textiles in our environment and so safety and confidence in these products is vital. In this article, we talk about the dangerous chemicals and their health implications as well as the various ways to ensure that our clothes, bedding etc are free from dangerous chemicals.