Cleaning & Maintenance Management Online

Human health top priority

June 27, 2012

MARIETTA, GA — UL Environment has launched its revised third-party environmental standard for odor control products: UL 2796, according to a press release.

This multi-attribute standard will serve as the basis of a UL certification that recognizes environmentally preferable ambient and biologically-based odor control products, the release stated.

"The use of hazardous chemicals in the indoor environment is of growing concern," said Angela Griffiths, head of operations at UL Environment.

"The new version of this standard will help protect personal and environmental health, while still ensuring effective odor control. The combined criteria for product efficacy and environmental health set UL''s sustainability standards apart and demonstrate our commitment to environmentally preferable, high-performance products," Griffiths added.

According to the release, new to the UL 2796 standard is the inclusion of non-biologically based odor control products, which expands the types of products eligible for certification.

The revised UL 2796 standard also includes strict volatile organic compound (VOC) and fragrance limits; bans on the use of antibacterial ingredients, certain solvents, listed carcinogens and reproductive toxins or endocrine disruptors during the manufacturing process; non-toxicity requirements for humans; and new packaging measures (see the standard for details) as part of the new section on ambient odor control products, the release noted.

Click here to read the complete release.