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
The first in-person Cleaning Products US Conference since 2019 will happen this month and its return is widely welcomed in the industry. In this article we look at what has changed in the industry since the pandemic and how people have become more air aware.
Commercial Real Estate plays a fundamental role in helping business owners create spaces which enable a healthy and engaged workforce. The 2022 BOMA International Conference marked the beginning of an exciting new era. Dr. John McKeon was joined by Rasha Hasaneen, Zach Flora and Supriya Murthy in a panel discussion moderated by Bill Sisson of WBCSD entitled ‘Healthy Buildings, Healthy People: Strategies for Employee Well-Being and Sustainable Business Growth’ and the discussion featured in Buildings.com
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.
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.
Smart cleaning just got healthier as Allergy Standards Ltd (ASL) is excited to announce a new Robotic Vacuum Cleaner Standard
ASL announces a new addition to its asthma & allergy friendly® standards portfolio: the Robotic Vacuum Cleaner Standard ASP:03-09/101.
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, 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.
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.
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 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, Science Lead at ASL has been invited to contribute to Healthy Spaces – A Podcast Series from Trane Technologies
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
What is it that makes some in-car cabin air filters better for the indoor environment than others, and where do we draw the line to decide to certify them?
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.
What is it that makes some HVAC and furnace filters better for the indoor environment than others, and where do we draw the line to decide to certify an air filter?
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.
Selecting the right air cleaning solution with the appropriate effective filtration technology is essential for a healthier indoor air in your home.
What is it that makes some insulation better for the indoor environment than others, and where do we draw the line to decide to certify insulation?