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  • 18 Jan 2019 7:35 AM | Roxanne Crockett

      Our company is honored and privileged to be IJCSA Green Cleaning Certified.  We can now be productive in our environment by becoming eco-friendly.  Our customers will benefit from better environmental and air quality as well as productivity.  

      We use only green cleaning products!  Our company use several green sealed certified products. For window cleaning, we use a product called "bio-renewable".   We use a foam hand soap that is green certified.  We also use "Spartan Xcelente" as a floor care disinfectant. These products will be used in all of our accounts. 

      We plan on ensuring that all of our employees are green certified and implementing the processes efficiently and effectively.   

    Find Green Cleaning Certified Companies Here

  • 17 Jan 2019 7:03 PM | Rosana Constantino

    In today's world, we are constantly surrounded by toxic contaminants. The most dangerous are known as Volatile Organic Compounds and Persistent Organic Pollutants. The EPA reports that VOCs are emitted by a wide range of consumer and industrial products, among them, everyday cleaning products.

    These everyday cleaners are meant to facilitate our lives, but are, in fact, harming us. Unfortunately, we the consumers are the reason they are being manufactured. Organic chemicals are inexpensive to produce and are very effective, something very appealing to the mass production process.

    Please note that VOCs are not ingredients themselves, rather, they are gases that are constantly being released from organic chemicals used in the manufacturing process. EPA studies indicate that people who clean using products containing organic chemicals can expose themselves and others to high pollutant levels. Even after you're done cleaning, elevated concentrations can persist in the air for hours.

    The novelty of POPs is that they are highly stable organic compounds often used as disinfectants. POPs are a real problem because they persist in the environment, accumulate in human and animal fatty tissues, and are toxic to most forms of life.

    Most everyday cleaning products contain POPs as their main ingredient and are found in household insecticides and moth repellants. According to the EPA, nearly every person on earth can be shown to have detectable levels of POPs.

    There are also variants such as Persistent, Bio-accumulative, and Toxic pollutants that pose a risk to humans and wildlife ecosystems that make them horribly destructive to our planet and our health.

    Overexposure to VOCs can cause adverse health conditions such as coughing, fever, muscle aches, and allergies. High levels of VOCs and POPs have been shown to cause cancer, birth defects, and even death. The use of products that emit VOCs and POPs is also at least in part responsible for many conditions such as Sick Building Syndrome, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, and Asthma.

    Why then are they still being manufactured and sold to the public? The truth is that there are few regulations of these chemicals. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) only tests prescription drugs and consumable products. The EPA only investigates after there have been many complaints reported. Basically, if a product ever gets to a point where it warrants an investigation, it's likely too late. Interestingly enough, the EPA already lists most VOCs and POPs as Extremely Hazardous Substances (EHS), but unfortunately, chemical production continues largely unregulated.

    To protect ourselves, we need to reduce or eliminate our exposure to these substances. Some of the most toxic are found in everyday products like all-purpose cleaners, oven cleaners, and fabric softeners.

    These environmental poisons need to be replaced with non-toxic and environmentally safe counterparts, if not by the government, then by each and every one of us. For daily cleaning, baking soda and vinegar are wonderful natural alternatives that do a great job keeping things clean.

    For an ongoing green solution, you can seek out a green cleaning service provider at www.ijcsa.org/Green-Cleaning-Services 


    Sources:

    VOC Information: http://www.epa.gov/iaq/voc.html

    POP Information: http://www.epa.gov/international/toxics/pop.htm

    PBT Information: http://www.epa.gov/pbt

    Extremely Hazardous Substances: http://www.scdhec.gov/environment/baq/docs/ehsalpha.pdf

    Effects of POPs: http://www.childenvironment.org/position.htm


  • 17 Jan 2019 6:25 PM | kieron scott

    For my business, Simply Superb, I plan to use my Green Cleaning Certification in many ways. One way would be showing my future costumers not only am I aiming to be Eco-Friendly, but I took the necessary steps in becoming certified as a professional Eco-Friendly Cleaning Service

    Also, I feel as though it will increase my potential  customer gain due to the knowledge and awareness of hazardous chemicals used in the Cleaning Industry today. I will use my knowledge to promote a well-known clean and hygienic  cleaning service. 

    Find A IJCSA Green Cleaning Service Here

  • 16 Jan 2019 5:32 PM | FARRALEE OUELLETTE

    I am starting to implement a green cleaning program by using only environmentally safe chemicals.  There is no point in damaging an already damaged ecosystem.   I will not only be using environmentally safe chemicals on my contracts, but I will be using them at home as well.  It is a good habit to get into.  I will offer a discount if someone personally requests that I use environmentally friendly cleaning chemicals. 

    I will be proud to represent a green cleaning company.   As an owner of two cats, I do not want toxic chemicals laying around.  Animals are like children, they get into whatever they want, whenever they want.   Toxic chemicals are dangerous not just for animals, but for people.  Being an IJCSA Green Cleaning Company will be a very good decision for me to continue forward with my business goals.

    Representing an IJCSA Green Cleaning Company makes me look and feel like a more responsible business owner.  It shows my beliefs in ensuring there is no additional damage done to the ecosystem.  All it takes is one person to put their foot down and stand up against additional damage to the environment.  If there is a way to fix the ecosystem, it would be to recycle and use green cleaning solutions.  I believe Green Cleaning is the way to go, less pollution and less dangerous chemicals.


  • 16 Jan 2019 5:15 PM | FARRALEE OUELLETTE

    We as consumers expect one thing when we buy commercial cleaning products, we expect them to clean.  Some people prefer a wide array of scents, soaps, detergents, bleaching agents, softeners and other cleaning products.  Personal health has been proven to be at risk when using toxic cleaning chemicals.  Not only are they toxic to the touch, but they are toxic if ingested, toxic if inhaled or swallowed, add to indoor air pollution.    A study showed that in the year 2000, cleaning products were responsible for nearly 10% of all toxic exposures reported to U.S. Poison Control.  Of the 206,636 calls, 120,434 exposures involved children under six years of age.

    Health hazards vary depending on the type of cleaning ingredients.  Some cause minor hazards where as others cause major ranging from skin irritation to chemical burns.  Others go as far as to cause cancer.  The most acutely dangerous products are corrosive drain cleaners, oven cleaners, and acidic bowl cleaners. Mixing chemicals that contain chlorine and ammonia or ammonia and lye produce chloramine gases.  Mixing chlorine with acids creates toxic chlorine gas.

    Looking for safer solutions can mean making your own which is easily done.  For instance, soap, water, baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice and borax added to some elbow grease and a scrubbing sponge can take care of many household cleaning needs.  These solutions are not only environmentally friendly but they can save money as well.  If a stronger chemical is needed, look for chemical packaging that says “Biodegradable in 3 to 5 days”.  Choosing products made with plant-based ingredients is also a wise move. 

    When buying chemicals look for EPA approved chemicals as that is the safest way to go when shopping for chemicals.   Searching the IJCSA Green Cleaning Directory one will find multiple Green Cleaning Certified companies. 


  • 16 Jan 2019 9:34 AM | Kyle Hunter


    Looking for a Green Cleaning Service? Over the past few decades drastic discoveries about the impact we have on the earth in regards to pollution have surfaced and these discoveries and responsibilities are continually increasing. This has sparked a growing trend of environmental awareness. Consumers expect businesses to be more environmentally responsible in both their products and business culture. Recycling and sourcing ingredients/materials that leave less of a negative environmental impact. As a business it makes sense to adopt these expectations into your business culture through and through, which is why it is important to work with a janitorial service that feels the same way.

    So when looking for a janitorial service, not only is the scope of work important, but the methods and products used as well. To ensure environmental-friendliness, seek out a Green Cleaning service. Preferably, a certified Green Cleaning service. Many varieties of Green Cleaning services exist so I would recommend looking through the IJCSA (International Janitorial Cleaning Services Association) Directory of Green Cleaning Services located here http://www.ijcsa.org/Green-Cleaning-Services

    IJCSA provides members with an extensive Green Cleaning Certification Program among many other certification programs. IJCSA members have access to the proper resources to educate themselves on operating a green cleaning service and the proper procedures to tackle the responsibilities of being environmentally friendly. IJCSA members are the qualified experts in True Green Cleaning services!

    Find IJCSA Certified Green Cleaning Companies Here

  • 15 Jan 2019 8:40 PM | michael jones

    It is vital to be aware of anything that is potentially dangerous at home or at work. If your job comes with anything that puts you at a greater risk, Knowledge is truly power, especially when it is something so simple to over look.

    we have all had cuts, scrapes or shots and bled at some point in our lives, we become accustom to what blood is, it is a very simple thing to over look, just like using electricity in our every day lives. We can for get how dangerous it is. it is easy to not shake hands with someone when you see they are sick, but easy to forget that we can not see blood born pathogens, so not washing your hands after cleaning could put other at risk as well. 

    Knowing how to clean and dispose of blood or any body fluids is the first line of defense to prevent you or anyone else from preventable danger. Just like driving a car can be dangerous, there are many ways to prevent unnecessary accidents, We should Always pay attention to what you are doing. We should never just become complacent. When we do we may inadvertently hurt ourselves or others. 

  • 15 Jan 2019 10:09 AM | Joe Isenberg

      Knowing about the risks of bloodborne pathogens is critical in the cleaning industry. Bloodborne pathogens can be easily spread if protective procedures are not followed properly.

      Blood, vomit, saliva and other bodily fluids may be infected with bloodborne pathogens that can cause HIV and Hepatitis B and it is for this reason that specific guidelines must be followed in cleaning and removal. Splashing with a mop can spread the pathogens about the area and enter the mucus membrane through the nose, mouth, eyes or skin. 

      Needle bins, trash receptacles and hazardous waste must be handled with care in order to prevent injury and exposure as well. International guidelines, if followed, may prevent or reduce infectious waste exposure. Wearing disposable gloves and eye protection play a strong role in prevention.

    More Info On Bloodborne Pathogens

  • 13 Jan 2019 5:33 PM | Yanira Morales

    Yanan Eco-Friendly will provide our clients with safe and environmentally responsible green cleaning solutions. Our cleaning services will use environmentally friendly products while working to reduce contaminants that may threaten our health and pollute the Earth.

    Find Us In The IJCSA Green Cleaning Directory

  • 13 Jan 2019 9:04 AM | RAVEN SCOTT

    Being green clean certified provides many benefits for my company.  I will be able to protect my clients from the harsh chemicals found in toxic cleaning products.  Knowing that I will be reducing or eliminating respiratory and skin problems brings me satisfaction. 

    There will be less harm done to the environment by the use of non-toxic and biodegradable products. The overall air quality will improve. 

    We are able to show our dedication to protect human health and the environment.  We care about our clients and the people in the world.  

    Being listed on the IJCSA Green Cleaning Service Directory will help our prospective clients find us. They will be confident in knowing they're receiving cleaning services from a certified green cleaning company. 

      

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