Health and safety
Ernestomeda kitchens are 'Leed Compliant'
What is Leed?
LEED (acronym of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), http://www.gbcitalia.org/web/guest/home developed in the United States by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is an international certification system that assesses the environmental, social and economic sustainability of both commercial and residential buildings, considering their entire life-cycle from design to construction and also focusing on the safety of the materials used for their furnishings.
When furniture products such as fitted kitchens conform to the requirements of the LEED regulations, they are known as "LEED Compliant", meaning that they are manufactured with materials with low emissions of VOCS, or Volatile Organic Compounds.
These are compounds harmful to human health, such as benzene, styrene, acetaldehyde and formaldehyde.
Ernestomeda kitchens comply with the LEED prerequisite for indoor pollution (Commercial Interior - IEQ Credit 4.5 "Low-emitting materials - systems furniture and seating"), a guarantee for all those who design and build to eco-sustainable principles.
Under COSMOB Qualitas Praemium Indoor Hi-Quality certification, the COSMOB international technology centre has verified and certified that Ernestomeda kitchens comply with the standards required by the ANSI/BIFMA M7.1-2011 norm, since all the VOC values measured are in COSMOB emission label class A++, the very highest standard in terms of low indoor pollutant emissions.
The emissions label therefore provides certification and information relating to the level of VOCs emitted by a specific product. VOCs, often present at higher levels in the air of confined spaces, may adversely affect people's health, especially that of children and the elderly, who generally spend more time indoors and come into contact with a large number of potential emitter products, such as paints, adhesives, furniture, fabrics, printers, cleaning products, tobacco smoke, insecticides, building materials, etc.
For Ernestomeda, being Leed Compliant is a major achievement for the safety of the kitchen and the people who live in it.
Quality raw materials
A product's quality also depends on the choice of raw materials: for the carcases of its kitchens, Ernestomeda uses the Idroleb ecological panel (made from 100% post-consumer wood) with excellent water-repellency characteristics and low formaldehyde emissions, with values below the limits set by the Japanese F**** standard.
What's more, the wood-based components of Ernestomeda kitchens are checked regularly by means of the tests required for COSMOB Qualitas Praemium Formaldeide certification, which verifies and certifies their low emissions of formaldehyde, classified as carcinogenic for man.
Ernestomeda chooses the technological state of the art and is committed to protecting the environment and safeguarding people's health.
Keeping foods healthy
Another user-focused solution is the creation of the "AIR" door of the Icon project by Giuseppe Bavuso; it is a patented solution that involved a conceptual rethink of the conventional kitchen storage unit: the door is equipped with a ventilation filter concealed in the panel, which aids exchange of the air trapped inside, ensuring optimal food conservation. Thanks to the installation of the ventilation filter in the concealed side and holes in the inner door panel, the air entering the interior will be cleaner. What's more, the door performs even better close to heat sources (such as an oven) or close to zones with variations in air pressure (like the hood), because it increases the air exchange inside the unit. The perimeter seal provides airtight door closure, keeping dust and dirt out.
In terms of Safety, minor features can protect us from unpleasant household accidents.
If ovens are installed not visible but concealed inside cupboard systems, the exclusive "Ernestomeda Safety Oven Switch Off" safety system can come to our aid. This is an electronic device fitted when appliances are built into cupboards, which monitors power draw-down when the unit door is closed. Once electricity consumption exceeds 100 W, if the cupboard door is not opened within 90 seconds of the warning buzzer sounding, the system automatically switches the appliance off for complete safety.
Socket strips: high safety standard.
The socket strip is a safe, convenient accessory fitted with adapter-sockets which are activated by simply turning them to operate the electrical device required. Unlike standard, fixed-position sockets, they can be removed, repositioned and added exactly as required, easily and very safely.
OHSAS 18001 CERTIFICATION
In December 2008 the company achieved prestige certification for its Occupational Health and Safety Management System under BS OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series). The OHSAS 18001 standard was published by the British Standards Institution on 1st July 2007. It is internationally recognised as the official benchmark with regard to health and safety at work and is important because it covers the procedures by which a company identifies and monitors risks and all hazards which may arise from its operations, to manage them effectively and optimise its performance.