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Healthier Hospitals Initiative: What is it and How Does NBF Support It?

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Feb 15 2017

The goal of the Healthier Hospitals Healthy Interiors initiative is to ensure that 30% of the annual volume of furniture and furniture purchases eliminate the use of formaldehyde, perfluorinated compounds, polyvinyl chloride (PVC), antimicrobials, and all flame retardants. In its effort to help provide a healthy and safe environment for all healthcare providers, patients and guests, NBF supports HH Healthy Interiors in a few different ways.


NBF Specifically Selects Healthcare Furniture to Meet HHI Requirements

In compliance with Healthier Hospital's Safer Chemicals Initiative, our furniture experts have worked hard to incorporate healthcare furniture into our product offering that is free from chemical additives such as antimicrobials, flame retardants and more. Furniture made using these types of chemicals may be hazardous to consumers and communities via prolonged exposure, making them especially harmful in a healthcare setting wherein users are more susceptible to the negative effects of certain chemicals. Some chemicals in furnishings known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can vaporize into the air, allowing them to be inhaled by humans. These compounds can be toxic to people and are believed to play a role in the increase in conditions such as birth defects, asthma, cancer and more. To learn more about the negative effects of chemical additives, read the Healthier Hospitals Healthy Interiors fact sheet.


We Work with Our Manufacturers to Produce Furniture That is Safe and Free From Offgassing

In order to offer healthcare furniture that meets these strict requirements, we work closely with our manufacturers to ensure materials are produced in a safe manner that prevents harmful offgassing. We offer HHI compliant healthcare furniture from the following partners:


Haworth

KI

La-Z-Boy

National

Stance

Allseating

Hon


We Offer HHI Compliant Versions of All Furniture Listed as "Anti-Microbial"

See healthcare furniture on our website but notice that it has antimicrobial properties? Not to worry. We offer non-antimicrobial versions of every piece of antimicrobial furniture offered on www.nbf.com. If you would like to purchase non-antimicrobial versions of any of these furnishings, please call our furniture experts at (800) 558-1010 and we'll be happy to handle your request.


Learn more about the Healthier Hospital Initiative and call NBF for assistance finding HHI compliant furniture for your healthcare facility.


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