Cleaning for Health Part One: The Big Picture Name of partner group
Overview of the Challenge <ul><li>The schools challenge: vulnerable people in heavily used, densely occupied spaces </li><...
<ul><li>Schools are heavily used, densely occupied spaces </li></ul><ul><ul><li>20% of population attend nation’s 120,000 ...
Children are at Greater  Risk from Toxic Chemicals <ul><li>They have greater exposures: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Eat more foo...
<ul><li>A single custodial worker uses, on average, 194 pounds of chemicals each year  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>25% of these ...
Health Impacts and  Indoor Environmental Quality   <ul><li>Asthma </li></ul><ul><ul><li>30 million people have suffered --...
  C leaning, IEQ and Health <ul><li>Ingredients in common cleaning products have been linked to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cau...
The Solution: Cleaning for Health <ul><li>Cleaning that protects public health, without harming the health of staff, build...
Benefits of Cleaning for Health <ul><li>Cleaning for Health - deep cleaning at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development C...
Cleaning for Health Principles <ul><li>Keep the dirt out </li></ul><ul><li>Use less-toxic, third-party certified, cleaning...
Key Elements for Successful Cleaning for Health <ul><li>Evaluate current cleaning products/methods </li></ul><ul><li>Educa...
<ul><li>Use low-odor, less-toxic cleaning products </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recommended by US EPA's Tools for Schools </li></...
Cleaning for Health:  More green maintenance products <ul><li>Use greener products that are third-party certified  </li></...
Better Cleaning Equipment <ul><li>Use updated equipment to reduce particulates in the air  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Install d...
Cleaning for Health Best Practices <ul><li>Make classrooms ‘ready to clean’ </li></ul><ul><li>Clean from the top down </li...
Germ Control Hierarchy <ul><li>1. Using a third-party certified all-purpose  cleaner and friction can remove most  germs a...
Implementation Challenges <ul><li>Teachers or children supplying cleaning products from home </li></ul><ul><li>Inappropria...
<ul><li>“ We have saved a substantial amount of money by going to green cleaning.”  </li></ul><ul><li>–  Facilities Manage...
Carol Westinghouse Cleaning for Health Program Director 802-626-8643 [email_address] created by: INSERT LOGOS HERE? Your O...
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    1. 1. Cleaning for Health Part One: The Big Picture Name of partner group
    2. 2. Overview of the Challenge <ul><li>The schools challenge: vulnerable people in heavily used, densely occupied spaces </li></ul><ul><li>One-half of our schools have indoor environmental quality (IEQ) problems </li></ul><ul><li>Children are more vulnerable than adults to toxins </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>Schools are heavily used, densely occupied spaces </li></ul><ul><ul><li>20% of population attend nation’s 120,000 school buildings (54 million children; 6 million adults, more than 70% are women) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Schools are four times as densely occupied as commercial office spaces and used more hours per week </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintenance departments are routinely understaffed </li></ul></ul>The Schools Challenge
    4. 4. Children are at Greater Risk from Toxic Chemicals <ul><li>They have greater exposures: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Eat more food, breathe more air, drink more water </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Play closer to the ground, hand-to-mouth activity </li></ul></ul><ul><li>They cannot detoxify or process toxins as adults do </li></ul><ul><li>Their rapidly developing systems are more sensitive </li></ul><ul><li>Exposures and injuries can affect lifetime health </li></ul>
    5. 5. <ul><li>A single custodial worker uses, on average, 194 pounds of chemicals each year </li></ul><ul><ul><li>25% of these are hazardous substances </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Custodial workers experience one of the highest rates of occupational asthma </li></ul><ul><li>6 out of 100 custodians are injured each year </li></ul><ul><ul><li>20% are serious burns to the eyes or skin </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>12% are a result of inhaling chemical fumes </li></ul></ul>Workers &Toxic Cleaners
    6. 6. Health Impacts and Indoor Environmental Quality <ul><li>Asthma </li></ul><ul><ul><li>30 million people have suffered -- including 9 million children under the age of 18 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The cause of over 15 million missed school days each year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Costs society $16 billion/year in medical and indirect costs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sick Building Syndrome and Building Related Illnesses </li></ul><ul><li>Allergies and sensitivities </li></ul><ul><li>Absenteeism </li></ul><ul><li>Reduced productivity and lower test scores </li></ul>
    7. 7. C leaning, IEQ and Health <ul><li>Ingredients in common cleaning products have been linked to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Causing new cases of asthma and triggering asthma episodes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Harming the brain, nervous system, reproductive organs, kidneys and liver </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Irritating eyes and causing headaches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Breathing problems and illnesses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Disrupting/acting like hormones </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cancer </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. The Solution: Cleaning for Health <ul><li>Cleaning that protects public health, without harming the health of staff, building occupants and the environment. </li></ul><ul><li>Health first! </li></ul>
    9. 9. Benefits of Cleaning for Health <ul><li>Cleaning for Health - deep cleaning at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduced airborne dust by 52% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduced VOCs by 49% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduced bacteria by 40% </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduced total fungi by 61% </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Cleaning for Health Principles <ul><li>Keep the dirt out </li></ul><ul><li>Use less-toxic, third-party certified, cleaning and paper products and hand soaps </li></ul><ul><li>Update and maintain equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Cleaning with detergent removes most germs. Disinfect only in target areas. </li></ul><ul><li>Breathe easier – clean doesn't have an odor </li></ul>
    11. 11. Key Elements for Successful Cleaning for Health <ul><li>Evaluate current cleaning products/methods </li></ul><ul><li>Educate building occupants and broader community </li></ul><ul><li>Work with Environmental Health & Safety Committee </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a pilot project to test 1-2 products </li></ul><ul><li>Train staff with new products/methods </li></ul><ul><li>Phase in more “green” cleaning products </li></ul><ul><li>Track success (school nurse visits, attendance) </li></ul><ul><li>Reward staff for participating </li></ul><ul><li>Public promotion </li></ul><ul><li>Adopt a local district policy </li></ul>
    12. 12. <ul><li>Use low-odor, less-toxic cleaning products </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recommended by US EPA's Tools for Schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increasingly popular </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mandated by New York State (2005) and Illinois (2007) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Recommended in other cities/states </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost-neutral </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Improve IEQ by reducing sources of pollutants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Key to Cleaning for Health program </li></ul></ul>Healthier Cleaning Solutions
    13. 13. Cleaning for Health: More green maintenance products <ul><li>Use greener products that are third-party certified </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hand soaps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Not antibacterial </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paper products </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>post-consumer waste recycled content for boxed facial tissue, toilet paper and dispenser roll or multifold towels </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>tissue & towels on large rolls </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interior maintenance & repair </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>low VOC paints/finishes/glues </li></ul></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Better Cleaning Equipment <ul><li>Use updated equipment to reduce particulates in the air </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Install dirt-grabbing walk-off mats inside and outside entrances, recommended 15’ – 20’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use microfiber cloths and mops that pick up dirt while using a reduced amount of chemicals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Employ high-filtration vacuums or microfiber mops instead of conventional dust mops </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Install high-filtration vacuum attachments on other floor-care equipment </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. Cleaning for Health Best Practices <ul><li>Make classrooms ‘ready to clean’ </li></ul><ul><li>Clean from the top down </li></ul><ul><li>Select durable easy to clean flooring; maintain/replace carpets </li></ul><ul><li>Clean up spills right away </li></ul><ul><li>Cleaning with detergent removes most germs. Disinfect only in target areas. </li></ul><ul><li>Vacuum instead of dust mopping </li></ul>
    16. 16. Germ Control Hierarchy <ul><li>1. Using a third-party certified all-purpose cleaner and friction can remove most germs and is good for most situations </li></ul><ul><li>2. Sanitizing is often sufficient for food prep areas and in day care for diapering areas, etc. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Sanitizers – “reduce, but not necessarily eliminate microorganisms . . . to levels considered safe as determined by public health codes or regulations” (99.9%) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>3. Use disinfectants where required and in high risk areas, know the law and clean first </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Disinfectants – “destroy or irreversibly inactivate all forms of microbial life but not necessarily their spores” (99.99%) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    17. 17. Implementation Challenges <ul><li>Teachers or children supplying cleaning products from home </li></ul><ul><li>Inappropriate demand for ‘disinfection’ </li></ul><ul><li>Classrooms not ready to be cleaned; storage and desk/chair arrangements </li></ul><ul><li>What are the challenges in your school? </li></ul>
    18. 18. <ul><li>“ We have saved a substantial amount of money by going to green cleaning.” </li></ul><ul><li>– Facilities Manager </li></ul><ul><li>“ I don’t have the dry throat and headache anymore from all the odors and chemicals.” </li></ul><ul><li>– Custodian </li></ul><ul><li>“ The use of inhalers has decreased.” </li></ul><ul><li>– Nurse </li></ul><ul><li>“ My child's rashes are gone and she is healthier during the school week.” </li></ul><ul><li>– Parent </li></ul>Green Cleaning Revolution
    19. 19. Carol Westinghouse Cleaning for Health Program Director 802-626-8643 [email_address] created by: INSERT LOGOS HERE? Your Organization
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