NEW TOOLS IN THE BATTLE AGAINST
ASTHMA AND ALLERGIES
Certification Program Launches New Interactive Website to Help Make Consumers' Homes More "Friendly"
The asthma & allergy friendly™
Certification Program has announced the launch of its new website, www.asthmaandallergyfriendly.ca. In addition to information on its Certification Standards and certified products, the new site offers consumers interactive tips, tools and downloadable materials to help make their homes more suitable for people suffering from asthma and allergies.
Asthma and allergies strike nearly one in four Canadians. Both conditions cause adults to miss work, children to miss school and are leading causes of emergency room visits across the country. Reducing the sources of asthma and allergy triggers and avoiding exposure to allergens is called "environmental control", and it is a cornerstone of the modern care guidelines for these chronic diseases. Learning how to find, remove and prevent exposure to allergens and irritants in the home is a very important part of daily life for patients and their families.
The asthma & allergy friendly™
Certification Program's website, www.asthmaandallergyfriendly.ca, now offers users an easy-to-navigate interface, featuring tools to help asthma and allergy patients with their allergen avoidance and environmental control plans. New features include:
- A full list of Certification Standards, certified products and the features that make each product suitable for asthma and allergy patients.
- Multi-media videos, hyper links and informational downloads about asthma, allergy, environmental control and allergen avoidance throughout the site.
- Convenient quick reference tabs for informaiton and searches on the top of every page.
- A Product Registration are where consumers can now register their certified products and request email reminders for when it is time to wash and care for the prodcuts according to the recommended instructions.
Asthma and allergy care is best when patients work with their doctors to develop a comprehensive action plan that includes proper instructions for daily treatment, emergency care and prevention. To learn more about the Certification Program, the Certification Standards and Certified asthma & allergy friendly™ products, please visit www.asthmaandallergyfriendly.ca.
About the Certification Program
The asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program is administered by the Asthma Society of Canada (ASC) in partnership with the international research organization, Allergy Standards Limited (ASL). It is an independent certification program created to scientifically test and identify consumer products that are more suitable for people with asthma and allergies.
Current companies that have certified asthma & allergy friendly™ products include Dyson, LG Electronics, Hollander Home Fashions, Forbo, Amway Corporation and SmartSilk.
Allergy Standards Limited (ASL) is a physician led global certification company that prepares independent standards for testing a wide range of products to determine their suitability for asthma and allergy patients. ASL's management team possess specialist skills in a variety of medical fields including asthma and other allergic diseases. www.allergystandards.com