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HFI issues asthma prevention recommendations

February 22, 2011
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BOISE, ID — A clean facility is a healthy facility — most of the time — but it''s ironic that some products designed to make our buildings cleaner and healthier may contribute to asthma, according to a press release.

"Cleaning products contain a diverse group of chemicals … Their potential to cause or aggravate asthma has recently been recognized," said K.D. Rosenman, MD, Department of Medicine, Michigan State University.

The Healthy Facilities Institute (HFI) therefore recommends limiting or targeting the use of products containing ingredients such as bleach, quaternary ammonium compounds, or "quats," phthalates and harmful volatile organic compounds (VOC), and considering appropriate alternative chemistries or non-chemical options, the release stated.

"That is not to say that products containing these ingredients are inherently bad; it''s important to recognize that these chemistries do serve a useful purpose," said Allen Rathey, founder and president of The Health Facilities Institute (HFI).

"However, it''s equally important to recognize the need for caution, to target these chemistries to proper applications and to consider alternative and more benign methods where effective and practical," Rathey added.

Click here to read the complete release.

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