Ozium, or Ozium Glycolized Air Sanitizer, is a spray for improving odours and reducing airborne bacteria within a closed area. The spray is intended for use in public buildings, hotels, hospitals and schools. The manufacturer claims that Ozium contains "active ingredients that actually cleanse the air." Once sprayed within a confined space, its lighter-than-air particles linger for up to three or four hours. As opposed to most "sanitisers" or room fragrances, Ozium does not cover up odours, but eliminates them.
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Ozium is manufactured and marketed by MEDO Industries, which is headquartered in Moorpark, California and has over 20 years experience in automotive air fresheners. Its warehouse and manufacturing facility is located in Maryland. It is a subsidiary of Shell Lubricants, Inc.
The Natural Resources Defense Council conducted a study in 2007 of the ingredients of several popular air fresheners. The study was conducted by Sarah Janssen, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.and Gina Solomon, M.D., M.P.H. The NRDC is a non-profit group formed in 1970 with a goal to "protect the world's natural resources, public health, and the environment." The study found that Ozium (along with several other brands) had high concentrations of Di-ethyl Phthalate (DEP). DEP has been shown in animal studies to affect growth and food consumption and had adverse reproductive outcomes in human studies. Ozium contained the third highest amount of phthalates in their study, at 360 parts per million (ppm).
Is it Dangerous?
Certain phthalates are noted by the State of California, Enviromental Protection Agency to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity.They claim that 310 ppm of Di-ethyl Phthalate in a day is considered harmful. The NRDC study does not say conclusively that the amount of phthalates within Ozium is enough to injure a person, but they say their findings to show that further study is needed and it is best for consumers to refrain from using such products until more definite proof can be arrived at.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services lists only the common warnings about Ozium such as to avoid contact with eyes, keep out of the reach of children and avoid prolonged skin contact. They advise that repeated skin contact may result in reddening, chapping and dryness.
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