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EPA Comments on Copper

January 20, 2010

When cleaned regularly, [registered] antimicrobial copper alloy surfaces kill greater than 99.9% of (specific) bacteria within two hours, and continue to kill more than 99% of (these) bacteria even after repeated contamination. The use of a copper alloy surface is a supplement to and not …

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Understanding Particle Pollution

December 27, 2009

Particle pollution (also called particulate matter or PM) is the term for a mixture of solid particles and liquid droplets found in the air. Some particles, such as dust, dirt, soot, or smoke, are large or dark enough to be seen with the naked eye. …

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EPA Guidance for Testing and Labeling Claims against Pandemic 2009 H1N1 Influenza A Virus (Formerly called Swine Flu )

December 3, 2009

In response to the emerging threat posed by the spread of Pandemic 2009 H1N1 influenza A Virus, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is clarifying testing requirements and providing labeling options for pandemic 2009 H1N1. EPA has previously posted information on its Web page regarding this …

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Why Green Your Cleaning Products?

July 21, 2009

The following discussion primarily addresses hazards associated with cleaning product ingredients. The actual risks from these chemicals at typical exposure levels are often uncertain, and in many cases are probably low. Regardless of the expected risk levels, however, reducing the intrinsic hazard of a product …

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Design for the Environment (DfE)

July 21, 2009

EPA allows safer products to carry the Design for the Environment (DfE) label. This mark allows consumers to quickly identify and choose products that can help protect the environment and are safer for people. When you see the DfE logo on a product it means …

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Housekeeping Tips from the EPA I-BEAM Program

August 17, 2008

Sources of dirt and dust can be internal or external. Internal sources include human and animal dander, the breakdown of materials and furnishings, plants, building activities such as cooking and printing, smoking, and cleaning materials such as powders, finishes, and solvents. External sources include dirt …

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Sick Building Syndrome (SBS)

January 13, 2008

The term “sick building syndrome” (SBS) is used to describe situations in which building occupants experience acute health and comfort effects that appear to be linked to time spent in a building, but no specific illness or cause can be identified. The complaints may be …

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EPA on Disinfectants

October 17, 2007

Antimicrobial pesticides are substances or mixtures of substances used to destroy or suppress the growth of harmful microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, or fungi on inanimate objects and surfaces. Antimicrobial products contain about 275 different active ingredients and are marketed in several formulations: sprays, liquids, …