BIFMA Healthy Furniture Workshop: An Investigation into Stain-Repellants and Antimicrobials


This invitation-only event brought together participants from academia, government, NGOs, and the commercial furniture and fabric industries to investigate reducing the use of antimicrobials and fluorinated stain repellents in office furniture.

Date: Thursday, December 3, 2015
Time: 8:30AM – 5:00PM
Location: Riverview Center, Grand Rapids, MI

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9:00am Morning Session:
An investigation into stain-repellants and antimicrobials

01Janan Rabiah and Hardy Poole
Executive Director, Association for Contract Textiles; Vice President, Regulatory & Technical Affairs, National Council of Textile Organizations
A history of the use of stain-repellants and antimicrobials in furniture textiles

02Arlene Blum, PhD
Visiting Scholar, University of California, Berkeley and Executive Director, Green Science Policy Institute
Healthier Furniture: Classes of Chemical Concern

03Christopher Lau, PhD and Andrew Lindstrom, PhD
Lead Research Biologist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA); Scientist, US EPA
Environmental exposures and health impacts of fluorinated chemicals

04Laura Geer, PhD
Associate Professor, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, State University of New York, Downstate School of Public Health
Health and environmental impacts of antimicrobials

12:45pm Afternoon Session:
Ideas for solutions

05Jennifer MacDaniel
Project Principal, Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente’s Health and Wellness Strategy: Avoiding Chemicals of Concern

06Robin Guenther
Principal, Perkins + Will
What designers need: A restorative material economy

07Karen Burbano
Healthy Materials Program Lead, Google
Purchasing to protect health and environment

08Machell Apple
Director, New Development Initiatives, Victor Group
Technical solutions: What’s needed now and possible future alternatives

09David Andrews
Senior Scientist, Environmental Working Group
EWG action on stain-repellants and antimicrobials

10Tracey Easthope
Environmental Health Director, Health Care Without Harm
Healthier Hospitals

11Meredith Williams
Deputy Director, California Department of Toxic Substances Control
California Safer Consumer Products Regulatory Framework and the Six Classes Approach