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Title: IMPLEMENTING USE OF CLEANING CHEMICALS SAFER PEOPLE AND THE ENVIRONMENT


1

Implementing Use Of Cleaning Chemicals Safer
For People And The Environment www.ENVIRO-SOLUT
ION.com Resource Center Presentations
Reports Other Helpful Sites
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OUTLINE
  1. Did You Know?
  2. Overview Of Current Situation
  3. To Be Proven More Environmentally Sound
  4. To Be Proven Safer For People
  5. Key Criteria of Green Seal and Environmental
    Choice
  6. Commonly Used Hazardous Chemicals
  7. Cleaning Tenders/Bids Product Guidelines
  8. Qs As

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DID YOU KNOW?
  • In a recent survey of 32 facilities in Richmond
    California, of 250 janitorial products, the
    findings were
  • 7 should not be used as they could cause
    cancer or were very damaging to
  • the environment.
  • 56 require extreme care as the ingredients can
    cause blindness, severe
  • skin damage, interfere with the endocrine
    system, or be absorbed through
  • the skin or inhaled and subsequently cause
    damage to the blood, liver,
  • kidneys, nervous system, or a developing
    fetus.
  • 37 require routine care as they may irritate
    the eyes and skin, can evaporate
  • and affect indoor air quality, or may exceed
    a buildings allowable sewer
  • discharge limits for certain ingredients.

Source Cleaning For Health Products and
Practices for a Safer Indoor Environment Alicia
Culver, Senior Research
Associate INFORM, Inc.
4
DID YOU KNOW?
HAZARDS OF CLEANERS
7 Cause Cancer, Ozone Depletion, or Global
Warning
56 Contain Ingredients that can Cause Blindness,
Severe Skin Damage, or Damage to Organs Through
Skin
Source Cleaning For Health Products and
Practices for a Safer Indoor Environment Alicia
Culver, Senior Research
Associate INFORM, Inc.
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DID YOU KNOW?
  • A fetus may come into contact with an
    endocrine-disrupting chemical while still in the
    womb, but problems, such as birth defects,
    infertility and leaning disabilities may not show
    up until much later. Often the timing is
    critical. For example, sexual organs develop at
    day 56 of gestation. Exposure at this stage
    could be a factor in the later development of
    testicular cancer.
  • 2-butoxyethanol, a common ingredient in cleaning
    products, is a toxin suspected of causing
    learning disabilities in children as well as
    liver and kidney damage. This chemical can be
    absorbed directly through the skin.
  • The World Health Organization estimates that 80
    percent of all cancers are environmentally
    related.

Source LEAS www.leas.ca
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DID YOU KNOW?
  • Health Hazards of Janitorial Cleaning Chemicals
  • Janitorial workers experience relatively high
    injury rates, many of which are due to the toxic
    chemicals found in cleaning products,
    particularly floor and carpet maintenance
    products, disinfectants and specialty cleaners.
  • These chemicals can cause headaches, asthma,
    burns, permanent eye damage, major organ damage
    and even cancer.
  • There are 100,000 commercial chemicals in use in
    North America perhaps 500 or less than 1,000
    have ever really been studied.

Source - Cleaning For Health Products and
Practices for a Safer Indoor Environment Alicia
Culver, Senior Research
Associate INFORM, Inc. - Dr.
Bruce Fowler, University of Maryland.
7
DID YOU KNOW?
  • Health Hazards of Janitorial Cleaning Chemicals
  • 6 out of every 100 janitors are injured on the
    job, at an average cost of 725 in medical and
    lost time per reported injury.
  • 40 percent of these injuries involve eye
    irritations or burns.
  • 36 percent of these injuries involve skin
    irritations or burns.
  • 20 percent of these injuries are severe chemical
    burns to the eyes and skin.
  • 12 percent of these injuries involve breathing
    chemical fumes.
  • Some disinfectants (e.g. quats) can cause
    occupational asthma.

Source Cleaning For Health Products and
Practices for a Safer Indoor Environment Alicia
Culver, Senior Research
Associate INFORM, Inc.
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DID YOU KNOW?
  • Health Hazards of Janitorial Cleaning Chemicals
  • 127 janitors died in the US between 1993 and 2001
    as a result of the cleaning products they were
    using.
  • A health care worker complained of respiratory
    irritation from using a bathtub cleaner and
    disinfectant in the course of her work in a
    British Columbia health care institution.
    Despite her symptoms, she continued to do the
    work as directed by her employer. One day, after
    she had completed her shift, she went home,
    feeling ill. She later collapsed and died. Her
    union took the case to the Workers Compensation
    Board and did extensive research on the
    ingredients in the cleaning solutions. It was
    found that she had been exposed to excessive
    levels of quats, which were probably the cause
    of her death.
  • The numbers are growing for human health and
    environmental hazards linked with traditional
    cleaning products.

Source US Bureau of Labour Statistics.
Leas www.leas.ca
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DID YOU KNOW?
  • That poor quality indoor air can produce health
    effects in occupants ranging from headaches and
    dry eyes to nausea, dizziness and fatigue.
  • These health effects contribute to increased
    absenteeism/sick days, low moral and decreased
    worker productivity.
  • A study of school districts in the greater
    Washington, D.C. area found that there was a
    direct correlation between Indoor Air Quality and
    both attendance and performance of their
    students.

Source Cleaning For Health Products and
Practices for a Safer Indoor Environment Alicia
Culver, Senior Research
Associate INFORM, Inc.
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DID YOU KNOW?
  • Indoor air quality is ranked among the nations
    top 5 environmental risks. IAQ can be 2 to 100
    times as worse than the outdoors.
  • The World Health Organization estimates that 30
    of all buildings experience IAQ problems.
  • Improving IAQ can improve worker production by
    0.5 to 5 percent, an annual production given of
    30 billion to 150 billion annually.

Source Cleaning For Health Products and
Practices for a Safer Indoor Environment Alicia
Culver, Senior Research
Associate INFORM, Inc.
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DID YOU KNOW?
  • Improved cleaning methods and safer cleaning
    chemicals can very positively affect indoor air
    quality, worker health, and the environment.
  • Clearly, eliminating the toxic ingredients from
    cleaning products would bring tremendous benefits
    to society in reduced occupational diseases and
    cancer, and cleaner air and water (LEAS).
  • The main reason for going green is for the
    health of yourself, your staff, the people who
    work in your buildings and the visitors to your
    facilities. In addition, you should go green
    for the environment air, water and land.

NOTE LEAS Labour Environmental Alliance
Society www.leas.ca
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DID YOU KNOW?
Equity
Environment
Promotes people health safety
Products overall burden and impact on the
environment is minimized
Economics Encourage true product innovation and
differentiation
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  1. DID YOU KNOW?

Source The Natural Step. See
Http//www.naturalstep.org (as mentioned
inSustainability, Green Chemistry and the
Unified Green Cleaning Alliance ISSA
Legislative and Regulatory Forum Dr. Lauren
Heine Zero Waste Alliance).
14
  1. DID YOU KNOW?
  • WOW Did You Know?

15
  1. DID YOU KNOW?
  • It is a fact traditional cleaning, floor care,
    carpet care, washroom care and odour control
    products are hazardous to people and the
    environment. While the degree of hazard varies,
    the fact of the matter is that by going green,
    you can very quickly, easily and profoundly make
    a difference with out impacting performance as
    well as labour and product cost.
  • The key is to understand what green is what are
    the variables, considerations, and criteria of
    green and how to know a product is green given
    all the misinformation and spin being
    disseminated by many manufacturers, both large
    and small.

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OVERVIEW OF CURRENT SITUATION
  • Green safer claims and products have been
    around for approximately 10 years.
  • Until recently, not grown in significant use.
  • Why?

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OVERVIEW OF CURRENT SITUATION
  • NOT GROWN FOR VARIOUS REASONS
  • Poor product performance
  • Price premium
  • Unclear standards/Lack of consistent standards
  • Unproven Claims/Mis-information/False Claims
  • Complacency and resistance to change
  • Lack of understanding by cleaning professionals
  • Lack of acceptance by the major manufacturers of
    cleaning chemicals

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OVERVIEW OF CURRENT SITUATION
  • RECENTLY, GREATER ACTIVITY

SCHOOLS CITIES/STATES COMPANIES HEALTHCARE
McGill University Brampton Ontario Hydro/Ontario Power Generation 2 of the largest hospitals in Quebec
Laval University Toronto 2 IBM Plants 2 large nursing homes in Quebec
Acadia University British Columbia Building Corp. Dupont Various other hospitals health care institutions to a varying degree
Largest College in Quebec Santa Monica Shell
Various School Boards to a varying degree Massachusettes Alcan
Vermont Dofasco
Minnesota Husky Injection Molding
Washington
Unified Green Cleaning Alliance
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  1. TO BE PROVEN MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND
  • What are the key criteria to review/consider in
    order to have safer products for the environment?

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TO BE PROVEN MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND
  • BIODEGRADABILITY
  • It is the decomposition of organic substances
    into carbon dioxide, water and other
    harmless substances.
  • Must state
  • Definition/Standard used
  • At use dilution under load and simulated real
    life situations
  • OECD 301-D is one of the highest standards.
  • BOD over COD being 60 or greater in a 10 day
    window over a 28 day limit.

BOD Biochemical Oxygen Demand is the oxygen
consumed by the microorganism in the test. COD
Chemical Oxygen Demand also known as the
Theoretical Oxygen Demand (TOD) is the
theoretical oxygen demand to
completely mineralize thechemical.
NOTE
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TO BE PROVEN MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND
  • DOSAGE LEVELS
  • Must be at least equal to standard products.

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TO BE PROVEN MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND
  • AQUATIC TOXICITY
  • Must meet or exceed acute toxicity at standard
    use dilution for
  • Fish
  • Daphnia magna
  • Algae

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TO BE PROVEN MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND
  • TESTS/CLAIMS
  • Conducted and/or verified by 3rd Party,
    Independent, Recognized Labs.
  • Should be both
  • Ingredients
  • Whole Formulation

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TO BE PROVEN MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND
  • SURFACTANTS
  • Must be carefully selected so as to have the
    least negative effect on the environment
    biodegrade readily to components with low
    toxicity.
  • For example Use - Linear Alcohol
    Ethoxylates
  • - Linear Alkyl Sulfonates
  • Do Not Use - NPE
  • - APE
  • - OPE
  • - LAS
  • - DBSA

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  1. TO BE PROVEN MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND
  • BUILDERS
  • Must be carefully selected to biodegrade readily
    to compounds with low environmental
  • concerns and mild pH.
  • For example
  • Use - Sodium Citrate
  • - Silicates
  • - Zeolites
  • - Maleic Anhydride Derivatives
    (iminodisuccinate and polyaspartic acid)
  • Do Not Use - Inorganic phosphates
  • - Caustics (sodium metasilicate)
  • - NTA
  • - EDTA
  • - MEA

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  1. TO BE PROVEN MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND
  • SOLVENTS
  • Must be carefully selected to be low in
    toxicity to the environment and to humans.
  • For example
  • Use - Propylene
    Glycol Ethers
  • - Methyl Soyate
  • - Ethyle Lactate
  • Do Not Use - Ethylene Glycol
  • - Butyl Cellusolve
  • - DLimonene

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TO BE PROVEN MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND
  • HAZARDOUS INGREDIENTS
  • Must not contain carcinogens, mutagens or
    teratogens.
  • No cleaning product to contain ingredients found
    on the following lists
  • US Department of Healths Hazardous Substances
    Fact Sheet
  • SARA 313 40 CFR 372 (Toxic Chemicals)
  • CERCLA 102 40 CFR 302 (Hazardous Substances)
  • RCRA CFR 261 D (Hazardous Air Pollutants)
  • Clean Water Act 313 40 CFR 63 (Hazardous Water
    Pollutants)
  • National Pollutant Release Inventory (Canadian
    List)

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  1. TO BE PROVEN MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND
  • LD50S LC50S
  • Compare the LD50s LC50s. The higher the
    number, the better.

LC50 Measures the acute Poisoning strength of a
chemical when it is swallowed or rubbed on the
skin. LD stands for the Lethal Dose. LD50 is
the dose of a chemical (product) at mg/kg on a
single occasion, which causes death in 50 of the
test group. LC50 Measures the acute poisoning
strength of a chemical when it is breathed in
from the air. LC stands for Lethal
Concentration. LC50 is the amount of a chemical
(product) at mg/l concentration in the air, which
causes death in 50 of the test group.
NOTE
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TO BE PROVEN MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND
  • OZONE DEPLETING INGREDIENTS
  • Must not contain these
  • NATURAL RENEWABLE RESOURCES
  • Whenever possible, only naturally-based,
    renewable ingredients such as grains, corn
    oils, palm kernel oil, coconut oil, sugar cane
    juices, glucoses, and corn soy based esters
    replacing petroleum based solvents should be
    used.
  • PACKAGING
  • Subject to availability, bottles/jugs/pails
    should contain post/pre consumer regrind labels
    using vegetable inks or printed on plastic,
    removable sleeves cartons made from pre/post
    recycled cardboard.
  • CONCENTRATES
  • Where possible, concentrates should be used to
    reduce packaging, transportation and at-use
    costs.

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TO BE PROVEN MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND
  • ENDORCEMENTS
  • Eco-Logo/Environmental Choice (Canada) -
    www.terrachoice.com
  • Green Seal (U.S.A.) - www.greenseal.org
  • NOTE Certifies products, not companies, and
    provides a list of certified products on their
    website.

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  1. TO BE PROVEN MORE SAFER FOR PEOPLE
  • What are the key criteria to review/consider in
    order to have safer products for people (users,
    occupants and visitors).

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TO BE PROVEN MORE SAFER FOR PEOPLE
  • PRODUCTS NEED TO BE SAFE FOR
  • The user
  • The workplace environment
  • Obligation to employees, consumers, patrons and
    visitors
  • Limiting liability
  • Reduce absenteeism caused by illness related to
    work
  • Reduce costs related to accidents, workers safety
    and compensation
  • Products that are safer for the environment are
    safer for people.

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TO BE PROVEN MORE SAFER FOR PEOPLE
  • HAZARDOUS INGREDIENTS
  • No cleaning product to contain ingredients found
    on the following lists
  • US Department of Healths Hazardous Substances
    Fact Sheet
  • SARA 313 40 CFR 372 (Toxic Chemicals)
  • CERCLA 102 40 CFR 302 (Hazardous Substances)
  • RCRA CFR 261 D (Hazardous Air Pollutants)
  • Clean Water Act 313 40 CFR 63 Hazardous Water
    Pollutants)
  • National Pollutant Release Inventory Canadian
    List)
  • Must not contain carcinogens, mutagens or
    teratogens.

34
TO BE PROVEN MORE SAFER FOR PEOPLE
  • TOXICITY
  • Must be considered essentially non-toxic (acute
    oral/dermal) according to WHIMIS and OSHA.

35
  1. TO BE PROVEN MORE SAFER FOR PEOPLE

Oral LD50 Dermal LD 50
Very Toxic ?50 mg/kg ?50 U.S. ?200 mg/kg
Toxic gt50 mg/kg ?500 mg/kg gt50 ?5000 U.S. gt20 mg/kg ?1000 mg/kg
Harmful gt500 mg/kg ?2000 mg/kg gt1000 mg/kg ?2000 mg/kg
Inhalation LC50 Gas Vapor Dust, Mist or Fume
Very Toxic ?2,500 mg/m3 ?1,500 mg/m3 ?0.5 mg/L
Toxic gt1,500 mg/m3 ?2,500 mg/m3 gt0.5 mg/L ?2.5 mg/L
Harmful gt2,500 mg/m3 ?5,00 mg/m3 gt2,500 mg/m3 ?10,000 mg/m3 gt2.5 mg/L ?5.0 mg/L
NOTE Greater the LD50 LC50, the less toxic
the product
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  1. TO BE PROVEN MORE SAFER FOR PEOPLE
  • SUBSTANCE OF SPECIAL CONCERN
  • Item Substance of Concern Concentration Su
    b-Category
  • Carbon tetrachloride any concentration Very
    toxic
  • Diethylene glycol 5 or more Harmful
  • Ethyl acetate 5 or more Harmful
  • Ethylene glycol (a) 5 or more but less than
    10 Harmful
  • (b) 10 or more Toxic
  • Hydrocyanic acid or a any concentration Very
    toxic
  • hydrocyanate salt
  • Methyl alcohol 1 or more and a total quantity
    of 5 mL or more Toxic
  • Nitrovenzene 5 mg/kg or more Very toxic
  • 1,1,2,2-tetrachloroethane any concentration Ver
    y toxic
  • 1,2-dichloroethane (a) 5or more but less than
    10 Harmful
  • (b) 10 or more Toxic
  • 1,1,1-trichloroethane 5 or more Harmful
  • __________________________________________________
    __________________________________________________
    ________
  • These substances are of special concern because
    standard animal tests may not reflect the actual
    hazard posed
  • by these substances to humans.

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TO BE PROVEN MORE SAFER FOR PEOPLE
  • NPEs/APEs BLEACH
  • Must not contain these
  • IRRIATIONS
  • Not to cause serious skin irritations,
    respiratory problems, or damage to nasal
    membranes
  • NON FLAMMABLE NON CORROSIVE
  • Must be considered non-flammable and
    non-corrosive at use dilutions

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TO BE PROVEN MORE SAFER FOR PEOPLE
  • VOCs
  • Must meet California standards.
  • LOW FRAGRANCE LEVELS
  • Should be low fragrance levels subject to ease of
    use and safety, product performance, price, and
    the other considerations.
  • No scent is not necessarily safer.

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TO BE PROVEN MORE SAFER FOR PEOPLE
  • FLASH POINT
  • Should be greater than 65C (150F).
  • MSDSs
  • Should be Full/All Ingredients disclosure. Not
    the 1 rule.
  • 16 part format Not 9
  • Ecological Information (Biodegradability
    Aquatic Toxicity)
  • Environment Regulation Information
  • Individual Ingredients, as well as Total Formula
    LD50 information

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PRODUCT INFORMATION SHEET
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MSDS
42
MSDS
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  1. KEY CRITERIA OF GREEN SEAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL
    CHOICE PROGRAMS
  • WOW Unless you have a lot of time and
    expertise, how can you really be sure what you
    are using is relatively safe?
  • USE Green Seal and/or Environmental Choice
    Certified Products, where available. Then you
    know that someone objectively tested the products
    and ingredients to a green criteria. Where
    there are no criteria, use the information in the
    previous sections, as well as the next sections,
    to compare products.
  • Green is a moving target. It is a journey not
    a destination.

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  1. KEY CRITERIA OF GREEN SEAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL
    CHOICE PROGRAMS

December 20, 2002     Dell Tech Laboratories is
a regulatory consulting firm that has been
providing guidance to manufacturers and users of
chemical products for over 22 years, with a focus
on regulatory compliance, product safety and
government registrations. Our services include
product assessments, reviews and classification
of products under the Hazardous Product Act, both
for consumer and industrial workplace
regulations. We are a Canadian General Standards
Board certified testing laboratory under the
requirements of ISO Guide 25. Our clients
include small and medium size manufacturers in
Canada and the United States as well as large
multinational companies. With greater
environmental concerns in today's world, many
different standards and criteria have been
developed. Green Seal Inc. and the Environmental
Choice Program have issued two of the more
popular standards. We have compared the Green
Seal Industrial and Institutional Cleaners
standard GS-37 to the Environmental Choice
Industrial and Commercial Cleaners standard
ECP-57 below            
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In my expert opinion, GS 37 and ECP 57 are very
similar with no material overall
differences/impact regarding safety or protection
for the environment. John Ott Dell Tech
Laboratories Ltd. Senior Business Development
Manager Jott_at_delltech.com (519) 858-5021 ext.
22040
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COMMONLY USED HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS
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LIMITED USE SUBSTANCES
HEALTH WARNING CATEGORY AND CHEMICAL
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Sources NPRI NPRI List The
Green Encyclopedia Irene Frank David
Brownstone CERCLA Comprehensive
Environmental Response, Compensation and
Liability Act Release
of hazardous substances in spills and fro
inactive or abandoned disposal sites
SARA 313 Toxic Chemicals
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COMMONLY USED HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS
  • The aforementioned are hazardous therefore,
    must be limited subject to product performance,
    overall human safety and environmental
    soundness.
  • The preceding lists are not intended to be
    complete, but rather to demonstrate. A good
    resource for the impact of cleaning products is
    www.scorecard.org/chemical-profiles/ - Enter the
    CAS number and a report will be given.
  • You should try to eliminate or at least reduce
    these chemicals. Where not possible, select
    products with the least amount of the ingredients
    by percentage at the product use dilution rate.

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CLEANING TENDERS/BIDS-PRODUCTS GUIDELINES
  • OBJECTIVE
  • Provide guidelines to bidders to promote
    compliance with industry standards with respect
    to the following four areas
  • Product Performance
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Employee Training and Support

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  1. CLEANING TENDERS/BIDS-PRODUCTS GUIDELINES
  • WHY
  • The main reason for going green is for the health
    of yourself, your staff, the people who work in
    your buildings and the visitors to your
    facilities. In addition, you should go green for
    your environment air, water, and land.
  • It is a fact traditional cleaning, floor care,
    carpet care, washroom car and odour control
    products are hazardous to people and the
    environment. While the degree of hazard varies,
    the fact of the matter is the by going green, you
    can very quickly, easily and profoundly make a
    difference without impacting performance as well
    as labour and product cost.

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  1. CLEANING TENDERS/BIDS-PRODUCTS GUIDELINES
  • HOW
  • The key is to understand what green is what are
    the variables, considerations, and criteria of
    green and how to know a product is green given
    all the misinformation and spin being
    disseminated by many manufacturers, both large
    and small.
  • Going green should not be a destination, but
    rather a journey. The key is to start. Do not
    procrastinate. Start with one product or one
    area of cleaning and make a change. Your efforts
    will be rewarded. The choices are yours. Do you
    want safer cleaning products? Do you want to
    just talk the walk or do you want to be a
    positive catalyst and walk the walk.
  • Demonstrate your commitment to helping create a
    greener, cleaner and safer future. Make a
    difference today that will affect tomorrow.
    Choose to be green and clean.

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CLEANING TENDERS/BIDS-PRODUCTS GUIDELINES
  • A SOUND PRINCIPLE
  • The precautionary principle requires authorities
    to take preventive action when there is a risk of
    severe and irreversible damage.
  • Action is required, even in the absence of
    certainty about possible ensuing damage and
    without waiting for full scientific proof of the
    cause-effect relationship.
  • When disagreement exists about the need to take
    action, the burden of proof must be reversed and
    placed on those who contend the activity will not
    have an impact.

Source The National Round Table on the
Enviroment and the Economy Sustainable
Strategies for Oceans. 1998.
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CLEANING TENDERS/BIDS-PRODUCTS GUIDELINES
  • FACTORS
  • Every decision you make for your facility very
    likely takes into account three important
    factors
  • Price
  • Performance
  • Protection

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CLEANING TENDERS/BIDS-PRODUCTS GUIDELINES
  • FACTORS
  • Price Because you have been carefully chosen to
    be entrusted with a portion of your facilitys
    budget and you take this responsibility
    seriously
  • Performance Because you know that the Price is
    only a value as long as the product or service
    delivers the promised benefits to your facility
  • Protection Because the well-being of both your
    cleaning staff and your occupants count on your
    consideration of their safety.

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CLEANING TENDERS/BIDS-PRODUCTS GUIDELINES
  • WEIGHED IN THE BALANCE
  • If Price Performance were the only factors,
    your facility would be using only highly
    aggressive, economical but dangerous chemicals
    like bleach, ammonia and muriatic acid.
  • If any other combination of any tow factors were
    considered alone then you know you would not be
    acting in the best interest of your facility.
  • No, you need all three and people depend on you
    to deliver.

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CLEANING TENDERS/BIDS-PRODUCTS GUIDELINES
  • PRODUCT PERFORMANCE GUIDELINES
  • Products to perform as well or better then their
    traditional counterparts as determined by use and
    testing by the end user.
  • Disinfectants are to have EPA and as/if required,
    Government of Canada, Health Canada approval.
  • Floor finishes are to have Underwriters
    Laboratories (UL) approval or verified by third
    party to meet or exceed American Society for
    Testing and Materials (ASTM) Slip Coefficient
    standard of 0.55.
  • Carpet cleaning products are to pass the Dupont
    Stainmaster Test.
  • Characteristics of necessary anti-static floor
    finishes are to have been confirmed by a
    laboratory approved by a Government Agency or
    equivalent.

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CLEANING TENDERS/BIDS-PRODUCTS GUIDELINES
  • OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY
  • Product claims and effects are to have been
    confirmed by a recognized laboratory approved by
    an agency of the Government or equivalent.
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System
    (WHIMIS) Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are
    to be in the sixteen (16) part format and fully
    list ALL ingredients contained in the products
    (not the less than 1 rule).
  • Cleaning products are to contain no known or
    suspected carcinogens, mutagens, teratogens, NPE
    or any ingredient found on the following lists of
    hazardous products
  • SARA 313
  • CERCLA
  • USA Clean Water, Section 112
  • NRPI


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CLEANING TENDERS/BIDS-PRODUCTS GUIDELINES
  • OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY
  • Products are to be acute non-toxic per
    WHIMIS/OSHA standards as tested by a recognized
    laboratory approved by an agency of the
    Government or equivalent.
  • Product are not to cause serious irritation,
    respiratory problems or damage to nasal membranes
    (as presented in Section 3 of MSDS).
  • Products at-use dilutions are to be non-flammable
    and non-corrosive.
  • Where criteria exist, products are to be Green
    Seal and/or Environmental Choice Certified.

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CLEANING TENDERS/BIDS-PRODUCTS GUIDELINES
  • ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP
  • Product claims and effects are to have been
    confirmed by a recognized laboratory approved by
    an agency of the Government or equivalent.
  • Cleaning products are not to contain Nonyl Phenol
    Ethoxylate (NPE) Alky Phenol Ethoxylate (APE),
    or any ingredient found on the following lists of
    hazardous products
  • SARA 313
  • CERCLA
  • USA Clean Water Act, Section 112
  • NRPI
  • Where criteria exist, products area to be Green
    Seal and/or Environmental Choice Certified.

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CLEANING TENDERS/BIDS-PRODUCTS GUIDELINES
  • PRODUCT SUPPLIER TRAINING AND SUPPORT
  • The product supplier must have a demonstrated
    capacity to provide the
  • following
  • Dilution control systems
  • WHMIS training and support materials (such as
    wall-mounted information charts)
  • Written best practice procedures
  • Ability to train your staff in procedures
  • Trouble-shooting services

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