Environment

Ajax Promotes "Green Cleaning"

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Green Janitorial Products and Services
On average, Americans spend about 90 percent of their days indoors. EPA studies indicate that human exposure to air pollutants indoors can be 2-5 times, and occasionally up to 100 times, higher than outdoor levels.

Poor quality indoor air can produce health effects ranging from headaches and dry eyes to nausea, dizziness, and fatigue. We all want to work in an environment that is comfortable, clean and safe. An important part of ensuring good indoor air quality is choosing cleaning products that have a reduced impact on human health and the environment. We call these green cleaners.

Why convert to green cleaners?

  • Helps you meet green purchasing mandates
  • Promotes a healthier working environment
  • Improves safety for janitorial workers
  • Reduces your agency's environmental footprint
  • Green purchasing is an important element of an Environmental Management System (EMS) now required for all federal facilities
  • Helps create a more sizable market for cost effective high performance green products
  • Helps position your agency as a leader in the use of sustainable business practices

Many Federal agencies have made the switch from the use of conventional cleaning products to green cleaning products and services. To learn more about these pioneers in greening janitorial services contract, visit the following web sites:

Department of the Interior Greening the Janitorial Business
http://greeninginterior.doi.gov/sustain/ch5.html

Cleaning Products Pilot Project (co-sponsored by EPA and GSA)
http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/epp/pubs/cleaner.pdf

Note: The federal government does not certify green products. However, many government contracts for green cleaning services reference the Green Seal Standard for Industrial and Institutional Cleaners
(GS-37).

GS-37 is applicable for all purpose, bathroom, and glass cleaners. It establishes criteria for 13 factors, such as toxic compounds, carcinogens, skin and eye irritants, and combustibility. Green Seal has certified more than 5 dozen products to the GS-37 standard.