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First Antimicrobial Product for Air Ducts and Sets New Labeling Standard
BBJ Environmental Technologies, Inc. announced that the United States Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") has granted a registration for BBJ MICROBIOCIDE FOR AIR DUCTS, its new antimicrobial product for use in air duct systems.
This product represents a technological breakthrough that utilizes the patented micro encapsulation process pioneered by BBJ. This technology, which is used in several BBJ products, effectively uses antimicrobial agents to prevent biological contamination (mold, mildew and bacteria) at the source and continue working over extended periods of time.
This registration is the result of almost 10 years of study, research, and working with the EPA to develop testing protocols that address a critical need: managing the biological contamination in HVAC/R duct systems. The industry will now have a product that is easy to apply, economical, long lasting, and, above all, non-intrusive or a concern to building occupants.
"We believe that this technology will revolutionize the Duct Cleaning Industry by providing the HVAC/R industry with an effective product that serves the needs of both technicians and building occupants. We also believe that this first of its kind registration is extremely important, not only to BBJ and the growth of the company but more importantly, to the health and comfort of people who work and live in modern buildings with highly controlled environments," said Bob Baker, Chairman of the Board of BBJ Environmental Technologies, Inc.
To obtain this groundbreaking registration, BBJ, among other things, submitted data on the effect of long-term exposure, indoor product concentrations following use, and the most comprehensive set of instructions ever for such a product. In March 2002, EPA sent a letter to the Heating Ventilating Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) industry expressing concern about products then on the market for use in HVAC/R systems and especially air duct uses. The EPA letter pointed out that existing products had not been reviewed for safety and efficacy when used in air ducts and more information was needed for a proper review. The EPA letter also stated that label directions must be clearer and more detailed.
"BBJ's first-of-its-kind, approved label is so detailed that it is actually a mini air duct maintenance manual. We are committed to prevention of mold and other growth in indoor environments through both improved maintenance products and the best possible training for technicians and other users. The registration of our new product was a very expensive effort and a huge undertaking for the company, but we believe that the industry has desperately been waiting for a product such as this for a long time. Given the tremendous impact on sales, we expect as a result of this registration, BBJ is looking into strategic alternatives to handle its expected growth," said Baker.