Sapporo City Schools
Soon after completion of construction at the Sapporo Asahigaoka High School in Japan, several students reported symptoms of nausea, dizziness and headaches. Two were actually admitted to the local hospital. School officials were at first baffled, as they had specified supposedly “environmental” products, but it was soon determined that a significant amount of chemical offgassing was continuing in the classrooms. School officials decided to test several products, including Safecoat, to see if they could avoid this problem in the future. It turned out the affected pupils reacted to all of these products except Safecoat, which was then used to repaint the school. The Japanese television network NHK picked up on the story and interviewed one of the student’s mothers, who said “the school has decided to use the Safecoat product and for that I’m grateful. My son has been attending classes without the fear of reacting to chemicals and is enjoying school again.” Safecoat then became the paint of choice for Sapporo prefecture schools. During the summer, more than 70 schools were painted or repainted with Safecoat, with excellent results. Mr. Masaru Abe, official with the City of Sapporo construction bureau in charge of finding safer products for the schools, commented to AFM that in the past, whenever they would paint, they would receive constant complaints from teachers and students. Since they had started using Safecoat, however, they had not had a single complaint.