Indoor air quality requirements in the health care industry is a delicate matter because the objective for every healthcare facility is to provide a sterile and safe environment for patients. In addition, keep the health and well being of the staff and visitors. Maintaining safe hospital air quality in the entire building involves having a an indoor air quality management plan to reduce air borne particulates. Recently, Healthier Hospitals Initiative shared a press release about Kaiser Permanente Committing in Purchasing Furniture Free from Toxic Flame Retardant Chemicals. Kaiser Permanente is the first health system in the country to do this decision.
Flame retardant furniture is unhealthy,pollutes and does not stop fires. Flame retardants can be found in furniture and the chemicals found in furniture have been linked to dangerous side effects. Kaiser Permanente has made the first step in purchasing furniture that does not contain added fire retardant chemicals. The State of California new updated rule states that manufacturers can meet standards without the use of fire retardant chemicals. Kaiser Permanente is known to be a leader in choosing safer alternatives to create healthy environments. This change will begin through out several Kaiser hospitals through out the next year and extend through the next three years. This might be a next step for hospitals and even schools to purchase furniture that has no flame retardants. This is a great solution that will help the indoor air quality and the health of many who work for this organization.