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Research Shows Antimicrobial Paints Add Extra Cost and Risk With No Benefits
Major paint manufacturers and consequently many painters, currently market paints with claimed antimicrobial properties with a premium price tag. Research shows that these paints not only have no definable benefits, but may also add extra risks.
Marketed to specifiers and painters as products which will 'protect' the health of the occupants of the buildings from nasty bacteria and disease they are often suggested for health care related buildings.
These “healthy” paint products may have metals, such as silver, impregnated into them to provide the antimicrobial properties, others include substances, such as Microban, made from the chemical Triclosan, a chemical of concern because of its acute toxicity.
Research as far back as 2003 from the American Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) concluded with findings in a comprehensive study of infection control practice that “No evidence is available to suggest that use of these [antimicrobial]
In 2006 Kaiser Permanente, well respected health insurer, similarly concluded in a position statement that “[w]e do not recommend environmental surface finishes or fabrics that contain antimicrobials for the purpose of greater infection control and the subsequent prevention of hospital acquired infections... There is no evidence that environmental surface finishes or fabrics containing antimicrobials assist in preventing infections.”
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