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About Shaw

Shaw Industries Group, Inc. supplies carpet, resilient, hardwood, laminate, tile and stone flooring products and synthetic turf to residential and commercial markets worldwide. We are a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. with more than 20,000 associates worldwide. Shaw is headquartered in Dalton, Georgia, with salespeople and/or offices located throughout the US as well as Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, India, Mexico, Singapore, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

Susan Farris
Vice President of Corporate Marketing & Communications

susan.farris@shawinc.com

(706) 532-3562
(706) 218-1659 - cell

Dana Hartline

dana@hlstrategy.com

(770) 823-9717

Airmid Asthma & Allergy Studies

Shaw commissioned a two-part, independent study to better understand the relationship between carpet and indoor air quality. The data – which were presented at the annual meetings of the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology (AAAAI) and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) – add to the existing body of research that suggests that effectively cleaned carpet can maintain indoor air quality, making it a viable choice for families impacted by allergies and asthma. Read more about the study and its findings below.

  • Shaw Phase I Study

    Shaw Phase I Study

    FINAL REPORT- Part 1 & Part 2

    Many medical, educational and patient bodies have arrived at the general conclusion that carpets in the home represent a health hazard to individuals and in particular those with asthma and allergic diseases. The body of work to be performed by ASC intends to provide to Shaw the definitive scientific data to be able to evaluate this standpoint.

    As has been discussed with Shaw, those bodies mentioned above, and the scientific community at large, would require incontrovertible, basic scientific and clinical evidence that properly maintained carpeting in the home of an asthmatic/allergic individual does not represent a risk factor for disease.
     
    This requires that the testing performed is of the highest quality, particularly where test performance, analysis and interpretation are concerned. The commissioning of an environmental test chamber plays a central role in this. The chamber that has been built at ASC’s test facilities is to American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) specifications with upgrades to allow for complete control over all environmental parameters.
     
    Flooring coverings were received from Shaw Industries Group Inc. in 2010 and 2011. Samples were stored as delivered until required for testing. Carpets were cut to size, and prior to installation and testing all carpets were vacuumed as per IEC60312, i.e. to ensure an excess of fibre did not remain on the carpet, they were vacuumed until the fibre being removed was <0.1g/m2.
     
    A further element was agreed with Shaw following review of all data obtained from study of the original six carpets. Given the presence of R2X treatment on some of the carpets, it was felt necessary to determine whether this modality was impacting particle retention by individual carpets. An addendum to the study was agreed to address this question.

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  • Shaw Phase II Study

    Shaw Phase II Study

    Shaw 2 Final Report- Residential Carpets

    This major study confirms that airborne exposure to allergen and microbial particulates from carpets particularly when they are disturbed is surprisingly low. While true for both soiled used carpets and artificially contaminated new carpets, the observation is best demonstrated for the used carpets. Progressive disturbance appears to amplify the effect rather than lead to an increase in airborne levels.
     
    One interpretation of these data is that particulate material is progressively driven toward the base of these carpets. When located at the base, it is likely to be more difficult to render it airborne. The data on sectioned carpets confirms that the majority of the allergen in a used carpet is found at the base and in new carpets with serial dust/allergen introduction a similar pattern becomes established following repeated disturbance.
     
    The study demonstrates that an effective cleaning procedure beneficially impacts on both surface and airborne exposures to allergens and micro-organisms. As in an earlier study, the degree of airborne allergen exposure associated with artificially contaminated new carpets is low and is now demonstrated to be further reduced by the cleaning procedure. In the case of used carpets that are particularly soiled the levels of airborne exposure in the presence of disturbance were likewise low, again cleaning reduces them further. Taken together, these findings reinforce the belief that carpets can act as reservoirs for allergen, rendering it more difficult for these particles to become airborne. The findings also reinforce the desirability of regular carpet maintenance, with frequent vacuum cleaning and intermittent use of steam or
    water-based cleaning systems.
     
    Future research addressing the factors, physical and otherwise, that impact on particle adherence to various carpet fibers will be highly informative, not least in establishing mechanisms that increase the reservoir capacity while at the same time allowing for effective removal during the various elements of a cleaning regime.

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