The Healthy Facilities Institute (HFI) Announces Lab Resources Available – TURI, Other Independent Labs Listed
BOISE, ID — The Healthy Facilities Institute (HFI) has announced its new Lab Resources Section for test laboratories seeking to help facilities improve their indoor environments through testing.
“Our goal is to call attention to sources of technical and/or lab services with the aim of creating more healthful, and scientifically-validated, environments for all,” said Allen Rathey, President and Founder of HFI. “While we do not endorse products or services, we believe these credible science and verification channels are deserving of serious consideration on a level playing field.”
One example of an HFI-listed lab is UMass Lowell’s Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) which has worked with IEHA in providing testing of green cleaning products as part of IEHA’s expanding High Performance Cleaning Product (HPCP) testing program; and also to answer the question, “It may be green, but does it clean?” The non-profit TURI Lab has been instrumental in the state of Massachusetts, for example, helping industries reduce their use and release of carcinogens, while meeting fiscal and other goals of business. TURI has further focused on helping the cleaning sector through work with the non-profit Process Cleaning for Healthy Schools (PC4HS) group, and most recently, Dr. Nancy Goodyear, a microbiologist with UMass Lowell has assisted the Renewable Cleaning group with an upcoming webinar on Greener Sanitizing with Renewable Cleaning.
Other Labs listed on HFI include:
• Antimicrobial Test Laboratories - http://www.antimicrobialtestlabs.com
• Indoor Biotechnologies - http://www.inbio.com
• NSF International - http://www.nsf.org/info/labs
The Healthy Facilities Institute (HFI) strives to provide authoritative information for creating and maintaining clean, healthy indoor environments. Since buildings are ecosystems, HFI works to address the many interrelated aspects of built environments — such as air, water, energy, materials and resources, green cleaning, indoor environmental quality, waste management, people and more — as an integrated or holistic system. Inasmuch as “Clean” is a metaphor for healthy indoor spaces, HFI also emphasizes prevention and removal of pollutants or contaminants to help ensure optimum conditions for living, learning and working.