Free Test Kits Available to Detect Potentially Harmful Levels of Ozone from Indoor Air Purifiers

 
WHITTIER, CALIFORNIA, May. 3 -/E-Wire/-- The International Association of Air Cleaner Manufacturers (IAACM) announced today they are making free ozone test kits available to consumers who believe they may have purchased an air purifier that produces harmful levels of ozone. Recently, the IAACM commissioned the testing of ten popular selling home air purifiers. The test results by an independent accredited test laboratory showed that 5 of the 10 air purifiers tested failed the UL 867 section 37 voluntary ozone production limit for air purifiers.

"We are making these test kits available for free to consumers," says Glory Dolphin, Executive Director of the IAACM. "There appears to be a great deal of confusion amongst consumers as to which air purifiers do or do not produce ozone. This situation is made more confusing because many advertisers of ozone producing air purifiers deliberately attempt to deceive consumers about their ozone production."

Ozone, the main component of smog, is a known lung irritant and asthma trigger. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration limits the legal production of ozone in medical devices to 50 ppb. There is currently no regulation to protect consumers from ozone producing air purifiers. The IAACM believes there is no safe level of ozone from indoor air purifiers and that ozone has no place in air cleaning.

"Because of the lack of federal regulation, consumers have been increasingly barraged by advertisements from manufacturers of ozone producing devices," says Dolphin. "Many consumer advocacy groups are likening the manufacturers of ozone producing air purifiers to the Big Tobacco companies of the sixties. The IAACM is among the many organizations calling on the Federal Consumer Product Safety Commission to create guidelines for these devices."

The free ozone tests kits being made available by the IAACM consist of a chemically sensitive test strip that changes color when exposed to ozone. The strips are simply taped to an air purifier for one hour and then matched to a color chart.

To receive a free test kit, consumers need to send a self addressed stamped envelope to:

IAACM P.O. Box 9048 Whittier, CA 90608-9048

Or consumers can request a free test kit online at www.iaacm.org

The International Association of Air Cleaner Manufacturers (IAACM) is a not-for-profit trade association representing manufacturers of air cleaners, suppliers to the industry, retailers, distributors and wholesalers. The members of the IAACM voluntarily agree to maintain high standards of integrity and competence, in order to establish the image of the air cleaning industry as one deserving the respect of consumers and government bodies. The IAACM was formed as an industry organization with the purpose of promoting effective air cleaning for the benefit of the general public. For more information you may visit the IAACM website at www.iaacm.org or email info@iaacm.org.