It seems everywhere you look today, companies are “going green”. Leed certified buildings are in the news, sustainable utilities and green home cleaning products play a part in all of our lives — hopefully, to stay. There’s one area that’s just as important for “going green” as our homes and that’s our work spaces. Many workers today spend more time at work (8-12 hours a day, sometimes more) than we do at home (8 hours). So, making sure the air we breathe and the surfaces we touch are environmentally safe is just as important at work as it is at home. In this post, we give you four good reasons to hire an environmentally sound janitorial service. Let’s start with a few basics.
What do we mean by “green” janitorial services? Green cleaning in the context of janitorial services means cleaning efficiently in a manner that promotes the health and safety of your employees (and customers), that lessens the impact on the environment, by reducing waste and refraining from the use of harsh chemicals. A green janitorial service uses low-allergenic, non-caustic, non-toxic, and 100% biodegradable cleaning products. In addition, a green janitorial service strives to use energy-efficient and high-performance cleaning equipment.
A few examples of “green” cleaning products are micro-fiber cleaning cloths (including mop heads and dusters) and cleaning products made of recycled materials, like paper products, whenever possible. Also, mats in the entryways can trap dirt and other environmental pollutants that otherwise may lead to the need to use harsher cleaning products.
How does green cleaning promote employee health? Keeping the indoor air clean of harsh chemical fumes and airborne dust/pollutants mean less environmental stress on workers and fewer asthma episodes. Of course, using green practices also means concentrating on those problems areas that breed germs and bacteria to fight the spread of disease with green cleaning disinfectants.
Janitorial services that work with you against cross-contamination of disease. One of the biggest health threats in our workplaces is cross-contamination of disease. People sneeze or cough, sending bacteria-laden droplets into the air we breathe. Sick people also touch door handles, light switches, telephones, or shake hands with us, transferring more bacteria to our bodies. Then, we touch our noses, our mouths, our eyes. It all makes one shudder. Office policies that tell sick workers to stay home help but even seemingly healthy workers bring germs from home and the greater community.
The best partner in your fight against cross-contamination is your janitorial service, consistently using green disinfectants to keep the work place a safe place.
What does ISSA SIMS GB certification mean? ISSA stands for the International Sanitary Supply Association which is a professional organization for building services companies like janitorial services. CIMS is the Cleaning Industry Management Standard certification. The certification means the company has:
- a basic structure for effectiveness and continued improvement,
- procedures and a system that delivers consistent quality,
- best practices in human resource management protocols,
- regulatory compliance, worker safety, health and environmental management as its top goals, and
- a commitment to the values of ISSA.
Appropriately enough, the GB stands for green building. The certification means that the company is able to help its customers attain a higher standard for green clean and helps them earn points toward Leed status. (LEED means Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is a sought-after designation for modern buildings.)
Does green cleaning always cost more? Not always. An experienced and well-trained company that understands a company’s needs can develop a cleaning regime for the customer that saves money over higher cost — but not green — cleaning companies.
To learn more about improving your indoor air quality, read our article entitled “Improve Your Office’s Indoor Air Quality by Tackling These Often Neglected Cleaning Tasks”.
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