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CDC’s New Indoor Air Policy

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a policy on indoor air policy for all its buildings whether owned, leased or rented.  According to the CDC:  “This policy establishes guidance and procedures to protect and maintain safe indoor environmental quality (IEQ) and guidelines for reporting and investigating complaints. This policy applies to all CDC workers (employees, contractors, guest researchers, etc.) at all CDC facilities, both leased and owned, and all CDC work areas including animal facilities.”

CDC in Atlanta

The CDC Policy further states:  “CDC will ensure that products used in the workplace, such as soaps, cleaning products, paints, etc. are safe and odor-free or emit low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to the fullest extent feasible. Only Green Cleaning Products shall be specified and used within CDC facilities and leased spaces unless otherwise approved by the Office of Health and Safety.”

The CDC Indoor Environmental Quality also has rules for personal fragrances and more.  The policy includes a list of Non-Permissible Products:

“Non-Permissible Products:  Scented or fragranced products are prohibited at all times in all interior space owned, rented, or leased by CDC. This includes the use of: Incense, candles, or reed diffusers; Fragrance-emitting devices of any kind;  Wall-mounted devices, similar to fragrance-emitting devices, that operate automatically or by pushing a button to dispense deodorizers or disinfectants;   Potpourri;  Plug-in or spray air fresheners;  Urinal or toilet blocks;  Other fragranced deodorizer/re-odorizer products.

Personal care products (e.g. colognes, perfumes, essential oils, scented skin and hair products) should not be applied at or near actual workstations, restrooms, or anywhere in CDC owned or leased buildings.

In addition, CDC encourages employees to be as fragrance-free as possible when they arrive in the workplace. Fragrance is not appropriate for a professional work environment, and the use of some products with fragrance may be detrimental to the health of workers with chemical sensitivities, allergies, asthma, and chronic headaches/migraines.”

As you can see, Green Cleaning Products, Natural and Organic Hair Care Products, Shower Gels and Body Lotions, Skin Care Products,  Laundry Products and Daily Personal Products are the options available to comply with the new policy.  The company that was the first Company in the World to be Climate Neutral Certified has the products you need.  Stay Well!  Elise

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