DD--ECOS Paints Comply With Kaiser's Ban On Antimicrobial Use In Coatings

Coating manufacturers routinely add antimicrobial chemicals to products for improved infection control, although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stated that they have found no evidence to suggest the products offer any enhanced protection from the spread of bacteria and germs, and that proper cleaning and hand washing are the best ways to prevent infection.

Furthermore, industry leading companies like Kaiser Permanente (the nation’s largest integrated health care provider and not-for-profit health plan) have now banned paint treated with “germ-fighting” antimicrobial agents from general use in its hospitals and other buildings - because there is no evidence to suggest that use of products treated with antimicrobial chemicals will make patients healthier, or prevent disease.

Kaiser Permanente’s Banned Antimicrobial List (issued in December 2015) Comprised:-
  • Benzisothiazolin 3-one
  • Didecyldimethylammonium chloride
  • Diiodomethyl p-tolyl sulfone
  • Hexamethylenetetramine
  • Kathon 886 (CIT/MIT mixture)
  • Methylchloroisothiazolinone (CIT, CMIT)
  • Methylisothiazolinone (MIT)
  • N-octadecyldimethyl [3-(trimethyoxsilyl) propyl] ammonium chloride
  • Silver (nano)
  • Silver sodium hydrogen zirconium phosphate
  • Silver zinc zeolites
  • Triclosan
  • Zinc pyrithione

For over twenty five years, ECOS Paints has been aware of the problems of using antimicrobials in coatings, and their potential effects on humans and the environment. Today ECOS Paints remains the only national coatings manufacturer whose entire product line complies with Kaiser Permanente’s ban on antimicrobials. There is simply no science to support the introduction of antimicrobials into general architectural paint for the containment of infection, or disease.

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services to its more than 10 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia.

Back to learn library