Cleaning Products Found to be as Bad as Cigarette Smoking
"Regular use of cleaning sprays has an impact on lung health comparable with smoking a pack of cigarettes every day, according to a new study. The research followed more than 6,000 people over a 20 year period and found women in particular suffered significant health problems after long-term use of these products. Lung function decline in women working as cleaners or regularly using cleaning products at home was comparable to smoking 20 cigarettes a day over 10 to 20 years."
The research was published in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.
"While the short-term effects of cleaning chemicals on asthma are becoming increasingly well documented, we lack knowledge of the long-term impact," said Professor Cecile Svanes, a medic at the University of Bergen and the senior author of the study.
"We feared that such chemicals, by steadily causing a little damage to the airways day after day, year after year, might accelerate the rate of lung function decline that occurs with age."
It all begs the question of the value and urgency to adopt Green cleaning as a health concern. Cleaning should not be a contest between health of workers and building appearance. We are trading short-term convenience for long-term disabilities. Too often, Green cleaning advertising is little more than a marketing ploy with superficial accommodations. Workers are first-hand to these issue and pay the price years after a solution is implemented.
The Green Clean Institute promotes the adoption of a true Green cleaning agenda by training all workers with the GCI Green Cleaning Technician course, including the purchasing agent and management. Once the facts are understood, a Green program is gradually phased in as old products and equipment are replaced by a better choice.