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Guidance and Training on Greening Your Janitorial Business




  • INTRODUCTION

    • About This Manual

    • Acknowledgments


  • CHAPTER 1: GREEN CLEANING BASICS

    • What is Green Cleaning?

    • Does Green Cleaning Work?

    • Why is Green Cleaning Important?

    • What Are the Federal Mandates for Green Cleaning?

    • What Green Cleaning Standards Already Exist?

    • Can Green Cleaning Help Reduce Regulatory Burdens?


  • CHAPTER 2: TRADITIONAL VERSUS "GREEN" CLEANING PRODUCTS

    • What Are the Health and Safety Effects of Traditional Cleaning Products?

    • What is Sick Building Syndrome?

    • What Are the Environmental Impacts of Traditional Cleaning Products?

    • What Attributes Should I Consider When Selecting Green Cleaning Products?

    • Sample of Environmental Attributes for Janitorial Supplies.

    • A Sampling of Environmental Attributes for Cleaning Products.

    • How to Evaluate Janitorial Products.


  • CHAPTER 3: GREEN CLEANING PRACTICES

    • How are Cleaning Products Misused and What Injuries Can Result?

    • How to Implement Green Cleaning Practices.
    • Special Issues: Specific Cleaning Practices.

    • Minimizing Product Use.

    • Match the Product with the Need.

    • Personal Protective Equipment.

    • Equipment.

    • Training.

    • Product Application, Handling, Storage, and Disposal.


  • CHAPTER 4: GREEN CLEANING MANAGEMENT APPROACH

    • What Is the Process for Transitioning to Green Cleaning?

    • Tips for Transitioning to Green Cleaning.


  • CHAPTER 5: FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL APPROACHES

    • Department of Interior

    • National Park Service

    • General Services Administration

    • Department of Defense

    • Commonwealth of Massachusetts

    • City of Santa Monica, California

    • Other


  • GLOSSARY/ACRONYMS UPDATED


  • APPENDIX A: CLEANING PRODUCTS AND VENDORS - Updated May 2003

    • Refer to and search EPA's updated vendor database for a list of vendors for:

      • recycled content tissue products (bathroom tissue, facial tissue, toweling, industrial wipes)

      • recycled content plastic trash bags

    • To locate vendors of process-chlorine free janitorial paper products, visit the Chlorine Free Products Association to identify products that have received their certification. http://www.chlorinefreeproducts.org/endorsed.htm


  • APPENDIX C: CHECKLIST GUIDANCE FOR  DEVELOPING A GREEN CLEANING STEWARDSHIP PLAN

    • Building Considerations

    • Adequacy of Current Cleaning Program

    • Cleaning Materials Usage

    • Environmentally Preferable Attributes of Chemical Cleaners

    • Paper and Other Consumable Products

    • Chemical Storage and Dispensing

    • Worker Health and Safety Considerations

    • Equipment Considerations

    • Hazardous Waste Management

    • Training Considerations


  • APPENDIX D: TRANSITION PLANNING, BUILDING MANAGEMENT COMMITMENT, AND WRITING A CLEANING STEWARDSHIP PLAN