Powered by SafeTraces, UL launches first-of-its-kind performance claim mark to verify aerosol removal effectiveness in the built environment

The program offers building owners and operators a breakthrough solution to meet the public’s growing demands for healthy spaces by leveraging cutting-edge science and technology.

PLEASANTON, Calif., March 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — SafeTraces is proud to announce the launch of the UL Verified Ventilation and Filtration program. Leveraging SafeTraces’ patented aerosol tracing technology, this assessment and verification program combines a comprehensive literature review with field verification of ventilation and filtration performance. The UL Verified Ventilation and Filtration program, powered by SafeTraces, is the first of its kind to measure the actual performance of ventilation and filtration for the rate of aerosol removal in the built environment.

Powered by SafeTraces, UL launches first-of-its-kind performance claim mark to verify aerosol removal effectiveness in the built environment (PRNewsfoto/SafeTraces, Inc.)

Infectious aerosols such as SARS-CoV-2, influenza, and the common cold pose a significant threat to public health and safety due to their high transmissibility and ability to remain airborne for hours and hours. to migrate beyond 25 feet in indoor environments. According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, inadequate ventilation is the greatest source of risk to indoor air quality, including airborne pathogens. However, building owners and operators historically could not verify, manage and communicate actual ventilation and filtration performance for aerosol removal in occupied spaces due to limitations of field assessment tools.

To address this need, SafeTraces, with support from the National Institutes of Health, has developed the first diagnostic platform for field verification of ventilation and filtration performance for aerosol removal in shared occupancy spaces. . This program relies on patented DNA-tagged aerosol tracers that safely simulate respiratory emissions and exposure to airborne pathogens.

“The importance of the indoor environment to human health continues to be a major concern as communities return to shared spaces,” said Sean McCrady, director of UL’s Asset and Sustainability, Real Estate and Properties group. “The UL Verified Ventilation and Filtration Mark enables operators and building owners to harness the power of science to clearly and concisely communicate a building’s aerosol removal rate while building trust with building occupants.

“Now more than ever, the public is looking for transparency regarding ventilation, filtration and other engineering controls essential to ensuring a healthy and safe environment, said the CEO of SafeTraces. Erik Malmstrom. “In addition, building owners seek to verify the performance of HVAC systems, build public confidence, confidence and peace of mind, and competitively differentiate properties based on health and well-being. The verification mark is intended to clearly communicate that ventilation and filtration controls in high-density areas of buildings provide similar exposure reduction as N95. Every property owner and operator can benefit from this program very significantly.

The UL Verified Ventilation and Filtration program, powered by SafeTraces, is introduced as health concerns related to the reoccupation of shared spaces remain at an all-time high, with some polls indicating that nearly 90% of the public are concerned about safety at the work. A major impetus for the program came from corporate, commercial and institutional property owners and operators seeking to improve, communicate and differentiate on indoor air quality (IAQ), ventilation and filtration with direct financial implications related to health and safety, capital and operating expenses, and sustainability.

About SafeTraces, Inc.
SafeTraces is committed to ensuring the highest safety standards for the air we breathe and the food we eat by harnessing the power of DNA. The company provides state-of-the-art technology solutions for indoor air quality and safety and food traceability. SafeTraces supports a wide range of Fortune 100, commercial real estate and government clients worldwide. Find out more at www.safetraces.com.

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