Certified green cleaning products and the alternatives

Many companies are looking for ways to improve employee health in the work place. If you are in a building 5 days a week why not make sure that the environment is actually a healthy one. Are you having any trouble with your allergies when you enter the building? That is a red flag.

Your health matters to you, your employer and your family. People rely on you to be healthy and productive and your environment will make a big difference on the way that you feel during the work day. There are three key areas to focus on: Green Purchasing, Green Buildings Operation & Maintenance, and Green Mail.

This article will touch on Green Building Maintenance and the cleaning products that the Maintenance crews use in your building. Research shows that Certified Green Cleaning products are better for your health and the environment. Certified green products matter to the companies who care about both the environment and the workers health. There is a big difference  between a certified green cleaning product and the alternative.

Building Maintenance workers who handle cleaning chemicals incorrectly can often cause bodily harm to themselves and others. Some side affects of improper chemical exposure are coughing, asthma, and burns. Certain hydrogen peroxide-based products are effective but less toxic disinfectants, and make tuberculosis claims. Please make sure that you check for EPA registration that may meet OSHA requirements for blood-borne pathogen cleanup products.

In order to avoid permanent injury  it is important to consider the benefits of certified green cleaning products. The EPA has a list of Green Certified products if you wish to review them. Not all green products are certified. Keep that in mind when you read the words green on your chemical containers. Only products that have completed the certification process have earned the right to use the Green Seal Certified Mark.

Remember that the Material Safety Data Sheets should be in all of your janitors closet at all times. You should know what products are being used in your building all the time. You should notify occupants about all cleaning products used in the facility. This should include a list of all chemicals that may be used. It also should include the name, address, and phone number of the PHA contact person; a statement that the contact person maintains the product labels and Material Safety Data Sheets  of each product used in the building; and that the labels or MSDS are available for review upon request.

The contact person should be available for additional information and comment. This safety Data sheet can protect you and your cleaning team from harm if read and implemented correctly. Take the time to read the MSD Sheet before you spray any chemicals. The MSD sheet can show you how to treat the injured party correctly through first-aid.

The MSD Sheet will also let you know if you need to be wearing a respirator and goggles before spraying any chemicals. It may sound simple but it can save a life. Never underestimate the power of the Material Safety Data Sheet.

Lastly I want to point out that The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health addresses safety issues and demonstrates preventative measures that enable businesses to prevent hazardous chemical exposure. You can locate more information at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh



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