Yale Study Reports LEED Fails to Protect Health

Yale Environmental StudiesWith a new wave of concern by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Office of Disability Affairs now including chemical sensitivities as a disability they will defend, building owners and managers must consider that we are looking at an growing number of complaints that will radically change the cleaning industry.

Reports, like the one from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies is yet another indication that the standard of "Cleaning for Appearance" is no longer acceptible.  Cleaning for health is more than a token phrase.  It is a proactive, credible, and full-commitment to a health and toxin-free school, workplace, or public building.  Of course, there is never a 100% solution, but there is a lot of room for improvement.

Advice for Hiring a Cleaning Service

The Toxic Workplace and VOCSFor those who are anxious to stay ahead of regulators, the choice of your cleaning service just become far more important.  Why?  Well, Canada is the first of many countries to name "Multiple Chemical Sensitivity" as a disability.  As a results, workplace are required to make all the accommodations they recently made for easy access for wheelchairs.  

The lawsuits are already driving this issue in the U.S., and OSHA is toughening their rules for toxins in the workplace and worker safety.  The next step is to include chemical sensitivity under the scope of the Americans with Disability Act.

Green And Healthy Building Partnership from the Green Clean Institute

Green and Healthy Building PartnershipThe second phase is "Implementation of the Knowledge" as a Green Cleaning firm.  The cleaning operation should improve and apply the "Best Practices of Green Cleaning" rather than making empty boasts on their website.  So, their Green Clean Institute has applied measures to the actual implementation of Green Cleaning service.  When a building is services by a GCI Silver firm, the buildings they service can apply for either the Green & Healthy Building Partnership using a basic ten point measuring system of the most critical Green cleaning practices, or take on the more rigorous requirements fo the GCI Gold Certified Building.

Green Cleaning Basics

Green and Health BuildingsFor those wondering whether Green cleaning has seen better days.  Or, maybe believe that no one cares about Green cleaning any more.  Think again.  The big mistake was thinking that Green was about the environment, energy savings, recycling trash, and building design.  Green has been, and continues to be about the quality of the building environment and the health of the workers in that building.

Could Microfiber Cleaning Replace Sanitizing Products?

Microfiber Tools for CleaningConsider microfiber towels for cleaning.  Just how good are these tools?  Well, if they are used correctly, microfiber products are still one of the best cleaning concept in years.  Compared to the typical cloths used in cleaning services, they capture and hold more dirt and debris that cotton or other fabrics.  In some comparisons, microfiber cloths can hold as much as 400% more debris than other cloths.

Champions for Change

Proud to be a Green Cleaning Team“My crew has done an amazing job embracing these changes,” notes Baidwan. “We’re reaping the benefits not only for ourselves as a crew, but our buildings are in great shape. We get, on average, close to 30 emails a month from building occupants saying thank you for doing such a good job.”