Australian businesses lose up to $28 billion annually in lost production and wages due to employee ill health, however, what is largely unknown is that toxic ingredients hidden in products used in workplace buildings are a significant culprit of workplace sickness, according to a Brisbane based ecolabel, who this week unveiled a radical certification tool that is finally going to start disclosing risks and hazards in products used in workplaces and, in Australian homes too.
Launching the new Product Health Declaration™ or PhD tool in Sydney at Total Facilities, 2017, Global GreenTag International was joined by sustainability specialist and Sky TV’s Smart Money Host Jon Dee to outline to building industry delegates the importance of the new tool as the first of its kind that will demand transparency of product claims to a level that’s not been seen anywhere in the world.
David Baggs, CEO and Technical Director of Global GreenTag explained how “Product toxicity in buildings is a very real cause behind a range of human health problems – even to unborn babies – including cancer, hormone disruption, asthma, allergies, chronic fatigue and many other toxicity related illnesses … however, it has been proven in a variety of studies including a workplace study by Sustainability Victoria of their own green office refurbishment that offices retrofitted with a range of strategies including low toxicity products, resulted in sick leave reducing by 30% and productivity went up an extraordinary 45%.” A PhD certification, he says:
• Supports product manufacturers “doing the right thing” who are prepared to disclose toxicity information.
• Reduces risks for building professionals to confidently make distinctions between products that are safer for human health and those that are not and, make it easier to communicate health related product decisions to clients/and building occupiers.
• Respects the rise up of conscious consumers, who studies show want healthier choices and greater access to more authentic product information, which they can trust because “Absolute transparency brings total peace of mind”.
For the green building movement, GreenTag’s PhD will be working hand in hand with building rating schemes like the Green Building Council of Australia’s Green Star tools; as well as WELL, LEED, Living Building Challenge , One Planet Living and BREEAM.
Jorge Chapa, Head of Market Transformation at the Green Building Council of Australia said: “When most people spend 90 per cent of their time indoors, there is a huge potential for our buildings – and the products within them – to positively influence the health and wellbeing of occupants. We support innovative approaches, like the PhD Product Heath Declaration, that can accelerate market transformation.”
For more information or to organise an interview with David Baggs, please contact Debra Robertson, firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: 1300 263 586 or mobile: 0437 407 377
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