RTE's Eco Eye collaborates with airmid

Bruce and DS.jpgRTE's environmental awareness program Eco Eye enlisted airmid healthgroup's expert testing capabilities in a preliminary study comparing 'store bought' and 'homemade' cleaning products. You can view this episode about the health and environmental impacts of common household chemicals on the RTE player here. 

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Mercedes-Benz USA announce certification of their Cabin Air filters

Mercedes Benz USA Certification 

Mercedes-Benz USA have become the first automobile manufacturer to achieve asthma & allergy friendly® Certification of their cabin air filters from Allergy Standards Ltd and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). The certification was awarded following extensive testing at airmid healthgroup, which led to the development of a new asthma & allergy friendly® certification standard ASP:08-02 for Automotive Cabin Air Filters.

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DēLonghi dehumidifiers are the first to achieve asthma & allergy friendly® Certification

 DeLonghi certification

The Energy Star range of dehumidifiers and the Compact Dehumidifier manufactured by DēLonghi have become the first products of their type to be certified asthma & allergy friendly® by Allergy Standards Ltd. The certification followed independent testing at airmid healthgroup to confirm that the products met the principles and criteria of the asthma & allergy friendly® ASP:11:01 Certification Standard for Dehumidifiers.

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CleanEffects™ Air Cleaner by Trane® Certified asthma & allergy friendly®

 

clean_effects_asthma-allergy-friendly (1).jpgThe CleanEffects™ air cleaner manufactured by Trane®, a leading global provider of indoor comfort solutions and a brand of Ingersoll Rand, has been announced as the first product of its type to be certified asthma & allergy friendly® by Allergy Standards Ltd. The certification followed extensive research and testing at airmid healthgroup, which led to the development of a new asthma & allergy friendly® certification standard ASP:08-06 for In-Duct Electrostatic Air Cleaners.

Central forced air systems have the potential to transport biological particulates such as viruses and moulds, as well as allergens such as those derived from house dust mites, animal dander and pollen, from one indoor space to another. As a consequence, effective filtration for the air being moved throughout the system is of fundamental importance to the maintenance of a healthy indoor environment.

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Owens Corning launch their Pure Safety™ high performance insulation

owens corning pure safety

Owens Corning have launched their Pure Safety™ high performance insulation at The Home Depot. The product is the first of its type to be certified by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) following research and testing at airmid healthgroup, which led to the development of a new asthma & allergy friendly® certification standard ASP 19:01 for Synthetic Home Insulation Products – Fiberglass.

Fiberglass insulation is a building material with the potential to affect the indoor environment by releasing volatile organic compounds (VOCs), particulates and/or fibers into the air. Indoor air quality could also be adversely affected if the insulation serves as a reservoir for mold growth. Owens Corning engaged with airmid healthgroup to carry out a rigorous assessment of the product to determine its suitability for asthma & allergy friendly® certification.

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airmid healthgroup Gains ISO 17025 Accreditation for the Quantification of Influenza A Nucleoprotein

airmid healthgroup is delighted to announce that it has gained ISO/IEC 17025:2005 INAB accreditation for quantification of Influenza A Nucleoprotein.

DUBLIN, IRELAND FEBRUARY 26, 2017

ISO/IEC 17025:2005 INAB accredited testing laboratory Reg. no. 284TThis is an extension of airmid’s scope of accreditation, as in 2011 the lab became the world’s first to be ISO/IEC 17025:2005 INAB accredited for Der p 1 (house dust mite allergen) & Fel d 1 (cat allergen) analysis.

ISO/IEC 17025:2005 is the globally recognised standard that sets out requirements for the technical competence of testing and calibration laboratories. As an ISO 17025 accredited testing laboratory, airmid healthgroup has incorporated an overall quality system governing both their management practices and technical competence. The accreditation assures customers that the laboratory can deliver accurate and reliable data through the implementation of this robust quality system.

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airmid healthgroup Approved as an External Inspection Institute for ECARF

ecarf and airmid

The research and testing organisation airmid healthgroup announced today that they have been approved as an external inspection institute by the Berlin-based European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation (ECARF). Specific testing by airmid healthgroup can now be used to prove that products fulfill the criteria for the ECARF Seal of Quality, which is awarded to products and services that have been scientifically proven to be suitable for people with allergies and intolerances. The ECARF Seal of Quality has been granted to a wide range of products and services including air purifiers, vacuum cleaners, wall paint, washing machines, hotels and car interiors. The Seal is used by manufacturers worldwide.

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Natura® paint brand earns asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification in North America.

Benjamin Moore Natura paintThe Natura® paint brand manufactured by Benjamin Moore has been certified asthma & allergy friendly™ by the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America and The Asthma Society of Canada.

The product was independently tested at airmid healthgroup and found to meet the requirements for the asthma & allergy friendly™ ASP:04-01 Certification Standard for Indoor Decorative Coatings. airmid healthgroup assessed the Natura® range to determine whether it contained any agents likely to have an impact on asthma, allergy and human health. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are one of the most important non-biological airway irritants. Studies have shown the adverse impact on the health of asthmatics due to increased VOC exposure immediately after the application of indoor decorative coatings, as well as over a prolonged period of time.

VOC emission testing (to the CDPH/EHLB/Standard Method V1.1, 2010 and EPA Method 24) demonstrated that the indoor air concentration of VOCs emitted from the applied Natura® coating did not exceed Certification thresholds at 24, 36 and 336 hours. To ensure the quality of the product, it was also verified that the product met or exceeded the relevant physical performance standards for a number of characteristics including drying time, scrubbability, cleanability, and adhesion.

Only products that pass rigorous scientific testing and meet strict standards are awarded the asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Mark. For a full list of certified products, retailers that carry them and abstracts of the standards, visit asthmaandallergyfriendly.com or asthmaandallergyfriendly.ca

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