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  • 28 Oct 2018 8:13 AM | Lee Manseau

    The benefits of having a green cleaning program in place are numerous. The green cleaning practices span such a wide spectrum of environmental concerns such as employee (and client) health and well-being, by virtue of cleaning agents being consciously manufactured to contain low allergens, and being non-caustic, non-toxic, and containing 100% biodegradable cleaning compounds.

    Moreover, there are other practices that will greatly benefit a cleaning services such as, Installing the proper floor mats at every entryway to trap dirt and other pollutants from entering the building, and using only HEPA filtered vacuum cleaners to prevent dust from kicking up and being breathed in.

    In summary, the dirt that is removed must be discarded into a location that is far from the facility you are working on. By using cleaning agents that are 100% biodegradable, you can be assured that you are being a responsible cleaner and steward to the environment, and community by choosing and implementing a green cleaning program.

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  • 27 Oct 2018 7:33 AM | Roger Morgans

    Finding a reputable company to furnish mold remediation services can be a daunting task for any facility. The IJCSA directory located at http://www.ijcsa.org/Flood-Damage-Restoration-Services is the best place to start. You'll find companies like Morgans Cleaning & Property Management of Wilkes-Barre, PA, professionals fully equipped and trained to meet any need.

    IJCSA compiles professionals serious about their work and committed to quality. Flood damage, mold growth, and general cleanliness can pose serious risks for facilities and employees, and you'll want a certified flood damage & restoration company to help.

  • 26 Oct 2018 10:16 AM | Steven Thomas Jr

    Everyone needs to clean something daily. You have a choice to use either harmful chemicals or natural green solutions. Harmful chemicals are in everyday cleaning products and have negative health effects.  Natural green solutions offer a better choice.

    Common household cleaning products contain toxic ingredients that can cause adverse health effects.  Chlorine bleach is in many of household products.  Bleach can irritate your lungs and eyes. Glass cleaners have a chemical in it called isopropyl alcohol and ammonia. These toxic chemicals can cause irritation to your eyes, skin, can cause coughing and wheezing.  Some people think that all-purpose cleaners are safe but they contain 2- butoxyethanol.  These cleaners can cause a person to have headaches, feeling faint and confusion.

    Natural cleaning products are a better choice. Natural cleaning products are better for your health.  Common household products such as baking soda, vinegar, olive oil and lemon juice along are a better choice for the use of cleaning your environment. Due to the fact that you can eat these products, make them a safer choice for cleaning.

    Harmful common household products have effects on people’s health that may not even realize.  When you choose to switch to natural cleaning products, you will feel better and be saving money to.  It is an easy switch because you already have the items in your kitchen cabinet.

    The decision to use common household cleaning products or natural cleaning product is an easy one.  The harmful effects of common household make it easy decision to use natural cleaning products. By using the common household cleaning products, you are hurting your health and may not of every thought about it. Natural cleaning products are better for your health and will make you feel better!

    Find IJCSA Certified Green Cleaning Services Here -> 

    http://www.ijcsa.org/Green-Cleaning-Services.


  • 25 Oct 2018 11:38 AM | Elena Pena

    The dedication of EMP Cleaning Group to green cleaning and certification shows prospective clients our commitment for a healthy environment.

    A company that is green cleaning certified is pretty appealing to those that see the benefit of improving the health of indoor quality using safe, eco-friendly products.

    Being green cleaning certified will give my company and I tremendous satisfaction that we are doing something not only for the environment but the people who inhabit the places that we clean.

    According to the American Lung Association, "many cleaning supplies can irritate the eyes or throat, or cause headaches and other health problems. Some products release dangerous chemicals including volatile organic compounds, VOC'S, into the air." By using sustainable, eco-friendly cleaning products along with applying a good green cleaning program for our clients that is safe for the environment and for the people that inhabit homes and offices, we will be doing our part to protect the population and environment.

    To find a green cleaning service provider near you click on the following link: http://www.ijcsa.org/Green-Cleaning-Services

    Reference: American Lung Association, https://www.lung.org/our-initiatives/healthy-air/indoor/indoor-air-pollutants/cleaning-supplies-household-chem.html

  • 25 Oct 2018 10:58 AM | Elena Pena

    A business that is dedicated to the use of eco-friendly products and equipment is one that shows social responsibility and sets them apart from the competition.

    Finding a green cleaning service for your home or business should ultimately be a priority and one that not only uses green cleaning and janitorial paper products but uses green cleaning equipment as well.

    We at EMP Cleaning Group are committed in making a positive impact on the environment as well as considering the health and welfare of those residing in homes or working in an office by not using harsh chemicals that can adversely affect the air quality and pollute the waterways among other things.

    To find a green cleaning service provider near you click on the following link: http://www.ijcsa.org/Green-Cleaning-Services

  • 25 Oct 2018 10:21 AM | Lisa Perry

     The use of common hazardous household cleaning products contributes to indoor air pollution, is linked to birth defects, dermatitis, poisonings, asthma, cancer and other health effects.  

    There is also a  substantial misuse of household products by way of negligent practices such as reusing bottles, using mislabeled bottles, using common hazardous household chemicals in confined areas without enough ventilation, not donning gloves or masks.  These all-too-common practices, practiced by the majority of us, lead to unknowingly increased and extremely detrimental health risks.   

    Asides from the human health risks, we also contribute to the demise of the planet with our constant use of the chemicals and the irresponsible way in which we use and dispose of them.  We contribute to algae blooms, global warming, ozone depletion, soil nutrient depletion, water contamination, increased antibiotic resistant bacterium and more.  

    Green cleaning is the process of choosing cleaning products that are better for both people and the planet. The switch from hazardous household chemical cleaning to green cleaning is easy, economical and the smart thing to do for you, your family, employees and the environment.   

    For some homes, green cleaning means that they only use substances like baking soda, ​vinegar, and lemons to clean the home surfaces. Some green cleaning products may certify that their items are fair trade, meaning that the product meets certain environmental and labor standards by those who produce the products.  If you or someone you know would like to know more about Green Cleaning or would like to hire a Green Cleaning Company, visit the IJCSA website here or the IJCSA Green Cleaning Service Directory here 


  • 24 Oct 2018 10:17 AM | Deleted user

    Implementing a green cleaning program into our business will definitely give us an advantage against competitors and also show our customers we care about their health and well-being. They will know we understand the value of green cleaning. 

    Being certified also says to customers we are responsible and are taking action to protect the environment for future generation by doing what we can, even the small things to preserve nature.

    We must continue in our efforts to protect the planet which we given charge over, also helping to minimize the illnesses and allergic reaction caused from the use of the chemicals we encounter on a daily in our cleaning tasks.

    Through the International Janitorial Cleaning Services Association cleaning professionals have access to industry leading practices and training and standards that set their members apart. You can find a local Green Clean Certified Specialist near you today. http://www.ijcsa.org/Green-Cleaning-Services 



  • 23 Oct 2018 9:19 AM | Deleted user

    As you walk into your own facility, you may think that there is nothing better than to tell yourself "This place smells amazing". This is exactly what you would expect people to say when you use green products. Not only does your place have a fresh smell, but you are also saving and protecting the environment. 

    We all live in world where pollution exists and chemicals are killing our environment and our bodies. With that being said, it feels so much better knowing that you are helping the environment and saving lives all by just using green products. 

    Green products will do the same thing, if not better than regular chemicals. We should all find a way to implement green products into our services in order to help better the experience of our clients. Take a look at Green Cleaning Service Directory for many different Green Cleaning Options!

  • 23 Oct 2018 8:43 AM | Matthew Bompane

    Any effective and professional commercial cleaning company will depend on a variety of different chemicals and procedures to get the job done. However, some of these chemicals, such as disinfectants, cleansers, and strippers used by these companies have been proven to be toxic and dangerous to both cleaning staff and building occupants. A good janitorial company recognizes the impact of using these chemicals and takes great precaution to avoid and mitigate the dangers associated with each.

    One such danger of the use of cleaning chemicals, strippers, and disinfectants is inhalation. Aerosol is the process when a liquid turns into a gas and goes airborne [1]. An common example of this occurrence in regard to chemical utilization is spray bottles. When a spray bottle is filled with a disinfectant or cleaning material, lets say bleach or ammonia to be sprayed on toilets, the chemical is disbursed into the air, making anyone in the vicinity exposed through breathing it. Inhalation of toxic chemicals can lead to respiratory issues, lower IQ’s, memory problems, thyroid issues, and birth defects [2].

    Another such danger of using toxic chemicals, and by toxic we mean anything containing, phthalates, perchloroethylene, or butoxyethanol [3] among others, is that these chemicals are susceptible to improper mixture. Since most companies must mix solutions manually, it takes a trained professional to properly measure, read the label, and adjust chemical concentration properly. Mixing the wrong type of chemicals together or too strong of a concentration of one chemical or the other, can lead to disastrous results, not only in terms of asset preservation but in terms of staff and occupant health. In most cases, dangerous and toxic chemicals will directly affect indoor air quality.

    On a brighter side, there are many advantages and benefits to utilizing a green cleaning program. Companies today both commercial and janitorial, as well as many mainstream consumers, are waking up to the fact that they want safe, toxic-free, and sustainable environments both for their homes and for their business. The emergence of green clean technology and products on the market in the past 15 years is direct proof of this [4]. With a green cleaning program, there are many benefits to using safer chemicals and cleaning procedures. The biggest is that it will improves health and well being.

    Reducing the exposure to toxic chemicals both for staff and occupants elevates health and well being. Symptoms and problems from the direct and indirect exposure of harmful chemicals is drastically reduced with safer, alternative, and green cleaning products. There are many facility managers today interested in the benefits of increase indoor air quality and the use of green chemicals and procedures helps them accomplish this goal. The use of safer chemicals also has many social impacts as well. Many customers demand a safer, cleaner, and healthier environment and companies want to avoid lawsuits created from mold or inhalation problems [5].

    The use of green cleaning chemicals and technology is a superior method to ensure the health, wellbeing, and safety of all building occupants including janitorial staff. We have come a long way and many of the old methods are unsafe and seriously outdated. Organizations demand green facilities that will help improve their image and sustainability, and occupants demand higher standards in clean such as mold and allergen free environments as well as good air quality. The industry has come a long way and still has much technology and innovation to utilize in the future.

    For a list of green clean service providers, go here: 

    http://www.ijcsa.org/Green-Cleaning-Service


    References:

    [1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aerosol

    [2] https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/chemicals/toxic_substances.htm

    [3] http://safemarkets.org/toxic-chemicals-in-products/cleaning-products/toxic-cleaning-products

    [4] http://www.cleanconscience.com/blog/2015/02/rise-green-cleaning-industry/

    [5] http://corporate.findlaw.com/business-operations/addressing-toxic-mold-risks-in-retail-and-commercial-property.html


  • 21 Oct 2018 8:10 PM | David Han

    The purpose of the Health and Safety policies and procedures is to guide and direct all employees to work safely and prevent injury, to themselves and others. All employees should be encouraged to participate in developing, implementing, and enforcing Health and Safety policies and procedures. 

    The safety and well-being of our employees is our number one priority. Our employees represent us and are the face of our companies. We strive to ensure that our teams have a safe and clean environment in which to work.

    Awareness and education followed by safe operating policies, guidelines, and procedures can ensure that all of us stay safe at work. Following basic safety principles keep us all safe and ensure that we can all work together to ensure our safety and health is not compromised at work.

    Bloodborne pathogens are an ever-present risk. Risk management best practices and risk treatment methodologies guide us to minimize risks by taking precautions to limit our exposure to known risks.

    Bloodborne pathogens are infectious diseases such as Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) that may be present in blood, vomit, or saliva. Blood, vomit, and saliva can transmit infectious diseases. Bloodborne pathogens most commonly enter the human body through the mucus membrane or skin breaks such as cuts or sores.

    By educating and informing employees about the risk and dangers associated with bloodborne pathogens, we increase awareness with the goal of maintaining a safe working environment.

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