Lowell, MA—The Activeion electrolyzed or activated water sprayer has been recognized by the International Executive Housekeepers Association (IEHA) as a High Performance Cleaning Product (HPCP) under IEHA’s voluntary fee-based program which tests product performance on real-world soils. Activated water proved to clean as well as or better than common chemical-based glass and all-purpose cleaners, and also rated well in several other performance categories. The Activeion test report summary was published in the April 2010 issue of Executive Housekeeping Today.
According to Beth Risinger, CEO and Executive Director of IEHA: “IEHA is now engaged in a product performance-testing program with UMass Lowell’s Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) Laboratory to verify and validate the cleaning efficacy of greener products; also known as the High Performance Cleaning Product (HPCP) testing program. This is not a green certification program, instead it will build on existing green product certification and recognition systems by providing comprehensive performance testing. The HPCP program promotes the value of performance testing and the TURI lab’s testing, then publishes the results of tests (at IEHA’s, the client’s, and TURI’s discretion) to provide solid science-based information to the cleaning industry.”
“Manufacturers who want their product performance verified and validated via this program - and to market the test results to current and prospective customers – should contact us immediately, since we expect the list of participants for the remainder of 2010 will fill quickly. A volume discount is available for multi-product tests,” Risinger added.
Under this partnership program, TURI’s laboratory provides the independent testing of products, and IEHA recognizes the products that pass established performance standards as “High Performance Cleaning Products.” Disclaimer: The University of Massachusetts Lowell (UMass Lowell), the Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) Lab, and IEHA, do not endorse products. This release is provided solely for information purposes, and does not constitute a product recommendation by UMass Lowell, TURI or IEHA.
Early adoption of the Activeion sprayer - a hand-held, integrated alkaline/acidic activated-water production and delivery system - has been largely fueled by the innovation and “coolness factor”, but the technology also has solid performance, sanitizing and “green” credentials, with a growing list of 3rd party research and credible scientists backing claims. The University of Massachusetts Lowell TURI Lab and others have evaluated device performance, concluding that it removes soil as well or better than conventional glass and multi-purpose cleaners, without creating known airborne toxics and chemical-residue byproducts. Independent microbiology tests demonstrate Activeion’s pathogen log reduction as equivalent to EPA-registered sanitizers without the liabilities associated with chemical germicides (it now has an EPA Establishment Number as a sanitizing device). Field use has anecdotally - and in some cases systematically - corroborated performance, and product durability (even during drop-testing) seems quite good (the company provides a two-year warranty). Lastly, since the system eliminates the need for many cleaning chemicals and related costs, it provides a Return on Investment (ROI) of less than one year in many cases.
About the International Executive Housekeepers Association (IEHA)
The International Executive Housekeepers Association (IEHA), is a 3,500-plus professional member organization for persons who direct housekeeping programs in commercial, industrial or institutional facilities. The organization was founded in 1930 in New York City, and is now located in Westerville, Ohio, a suburb of the State’s capitol, Columbus. IEHA provides its members with an array of professional development, educational, and certification opportunities. For more information, visit www.ieha.org.
About the University of Massachusetts Lowell - Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI)
The Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell provides research, training, technical support, laboratory services and grant programs to reduce the use of toxic chemicals while enhancing the economic competitiveness of local businesses. The TURI Laboratory tests the performance of both industrial and janitorial cleaning products to encourage companies, institutions, and product formulators, to choose and develop safer substitutes. To learn more, visit www.turi.org/laboratory.
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