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Introducing ECOgent: Cleaning without Harming
Simple effective cleaning: one product for all daily cleaning tasks and for all carpet cleaning Safe to use on all building surfaces Low volatiles for maximum Indoor Air Quality Mild formula for worker health and safety Environmentally compatible and sustainable; all-natural ingredients Cleaning without Harming
Most cleaning products are hazardous by OSHA and WHMIS criteria. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s studies of human exposure to air pollutants indicate that indoor air levels of many pollutants may be two to five times, and occasionally, more than 100 times higher than outdoor levels. Cleaning products emit Volatile Organic Compounds which contribute to this problem. Occupational Health and Safety Perspective
Each year about six out of every 100 professional custodians are injured by the chemicals they use. Burns to eyes and skin are the most common injuries, followed closely by breathing toxic fumes. Building occupant exposure to hazardous chemical residues on surfaces and the added contaminants to indoor air are effecting many individuals, increasing the demand for non-hazardous products. Occupational Health and Safety Perspective
Many institutions and corporations are introducing Scent-Free Policies. Scent-Free Policies should include: using cleaning products without added perfumes. replacement of cleaning products containing Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) Scent-Free Policies
ECOgent exceeds all existing and new product rules, standards and guidelines for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs): ECP33 (Environmental Choice M ) GS37 (Green Seal) PRC-097 (Environmental Choice M ) Envirodesic™ Certification Program State rules for CA, DE, NY, PA & MD VOC Product Rules
ECP33 — Environment Canada’s Environmental Choice M Program Mission: To encourage the supply of products and services that are more environmentally responsible, and to help consumers and organizations buy "green". ECP33 requirement: VOC’s less than 10% by weight before dilution
GS37 — Green Seal: (an independent, non-profit organization) Mission: “To achieve a more sustainable world by promoting environmentally responsible production, purchasing, and products” GS37 requirement: VOC’s less than 1% by weight after dilution VOC Product Rules
GS37 — Green Seal: (continued) ECOgent meets the requirements of Green Seal standard GS37 as reviewed by Green Seal under the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Contract #GR016 GS37 requirement: VOC’s less than 1% by weight after dilution VOC Product Rules
“Cleaning Products with Low Potential for Environmental Illness and Endocrine Disruption” PRC-097 requirement: VOC’s less than 0.05% by weight before dilution PRC-097 — Environment Canada’s Environmental Choice M Program VOC Product Rules
Mission: “To achieve Maximum Indoor Air Quality™ and to be suitable for use with chemically hypersensitive individuals” Envirodesic™ requirement: net VOC’s under use conditions less than 0.16 mg/m 3 VOC Product Rules Envirodesic™ Certification Program (independent body)
Under new regulations in several U.S. states, companies will be prohibited from selling, supplying, offering for sale, or manufacturing a regulated product which contains VOCs in excess of the limits specified in the regulations (measured after dilution). The new regulations have been adopted in Delaware, New York and Pennsylvania, and are under consideration in Maryland. They are modeled after and identical in substance to VOC Consumer Product Rules in California. The new regulations apply to products sold to both retail consumers and institutional / industrial customers. New VOC Consumer Product Rules in US States
ECOgent meets and exceeds the requirements of all existing and new VOC Product Rules & Standards 4% 4% 4% 4% 4% (after dilution) 1% (after dilution) 0.1% 0.1% 0.1% 0.1% 0.1% (after dilution) 0.05% (before dilution)
ECOgent is a sustainable solution …
… something that can be made, used, and recycled continuously...
…without negative effects, for hundreds of years. …without negative effects, for hundreds of years.
For years mankind has been adding harmful chemicals and wastes to our waterways.
Toxic residues in the aquatic environment include detergent surfactants.
Cleaning products contribute to pollution in our environment: One gallon of oil can pollute 2,000,000 gallons of water. One gallon of concentrated chemical based cleaner can pollute 2,000,000 gallons of water.
It’s time to join the movement to protect our environment …
ECOgent: ECOgent: is a bio-based productis a bio-based product contains only ingredients from renewable or regrowable resourcescontains only ingredients from renewable or regrowable resources
ECOgent: ECOgent: does not contain pesticides, preservatives, petrochemicals, phosphates, EDTA, NTA or dyes.does not contain pesticides, preservatives, petrochemicals, phosphates, EDTA, NTA or dyes.
ECOgent: ECOgent: biodegrades under both aerobic and anaerobic conditions.biodegrades under both aerobic and anaerobic conditions. is not toxic to aquatic life at levels likely to enter the environment.is not toxic to aquatic life at levels likely to enter the environment.
ECOgent: ECOgent: does not contribute to the contamination of indoor air.does not contribute to the contamination of indoor air. contains less than 0.05% VOCs.contains less than 0.05% VOCs. leaves no powder residue to add airborne contaminants.leaves no powder residue to add airborne contaminants.
How to use ECOgent in healthcare…
Health Care Without Harm & The Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care Address cleaning chemicals in their annual “Clean Med” conference. Health care professionals need to realize that while they are trying to clean well to protect patients, they may be actually putting themselves and patients at risk.
ECOgent’s Good Cleaning is the Key to Good Disinfection Use ECOgent’s safe and effective cleaning routine to reduce: - soil load - pathogen load - residues of interfering chemicals - amounts of disinfecting chemicals
ECOgent’s Good Cleaning is the Key to Good Disinfection Follow proper cleaning practices. Keep cleaning solutions uncontaminated.
ECOgent’s Good Cleaning is the Key to Good Disinfection Cleaning environmental surfaces with a disinfectant cleaner. Does not insure surfaces cleaned are disinfected.
ECOgent’s Good Cleaning is the Key to Good Disinfection Never ignore your own safety during cleaning. Avoid undue exposure to disinfecting and sanitizing chemicals.
ECOgent’s Good Cleaning is the Key to Good Disinfection Disinfectants are most effective: - when applied to pre-cleaned surfaces - when there are no interfering chemical residues - when limited to applications requiring disinfection
Using Disinfectants (Specialized information services - U.S. National Library of Medicine) Disinfectants are also called “germicides” or “biocides”. Similar chemicals are also used on human skin and mucous membranes (antiseptics) and for the preservation of food and drugs,and other domestic and industrial products. Many of these chemicals are skin and respiratory sensitizers.
Using Disinfectants (Specialized information services - U.S. National Library of Medicine) The following can cause occupational asthma: glutaraldehyde, formaldehyde, sodium bisulfite, chloramine T, hexachlorophene, chlorohexidine, benzalkonium chloride (Quats), isononanoyl oxybenzene sulfonate, laural dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride, and isothiazolinones.
Patient Room Maintenance Cleaning patient rooms is extremely important. Follow Hospital Procedure for Cleaning Patient Rooms. The following ECOgent cleaning method is provided as a service to assist in CLEANING WITHOUT HARMING.
Patient Room Maintenance Remove trash. Dust mop floors Damp mop floors Change water frequently. Isolation rooms - after cleaning room discard mops and cleaning solution
Patient Room Maintenance Materials Required: white microfiber cloth or regular cleaning cloth and bucket light duty spray bottle diluted ECOgent
Patient Room Maintenance Dip white micro- cloth or regular cleaning cloth into bucket and wring as dry as possible.
Patient Room Maintenance Wipe down all hand contact points first (e.g. bed rail).
Patient Room Maintenance Spray light duty dilution of ECOgent on cloth and continue to clean patient room.
Patient Room Maintenance ECOgent works well on all surfaces, including windows, mirrors, walls, tabletops, shelving and floors.
Patient Room Maintenance Clean sink and area around sink last.
Patient Room Maintenance Wipe any hand soap residue from sink and rinse from cleaning cloth.
Patient Room Maintenance Launder the cloths when necessary.
Patient Bathroom Maintenance A separate blue microfiber cloth or regular cloth is used to clean the patient bathroom.
Patient Bathroom Maintenance Materials Required: blue microfiber cloth or regular cleaning cloth bucket light duty spray bottle diluted ECOgent for general cleaning bowl swab bowl cleaner dilution of ECOgent in a bowl swab container
Patient Bathroom Maintenance First flush the toilet. Take the bowl swab from the bowl cleaner container and swab inside of toilet, rim and under seat ONLY. Allow to soak while proceeding to clean the rest of the bathroom.
Patient Bathroom Maintenance Spray any visible dry soils with light duty ECOgent and allow to soak.
Patient Bathroom Maintenance Dip cleaning cloth into bucket and wring as dry as possible.
Patient Bathroom Maintenance Spray cloth with light duty ECOgent and wipe all hand contact points. Rinse cloth frequently.
Patient Bathroom Maintenance Always clean toilet last. Wipe sides, top, and handle first.
Patient Bathroom Maintenance Finish by wiping top, side, seat, then underside of seat and rim
Patient Bathroom Maintenance Discard cleaning cloth after every bathroom.
Patient Bathroom Maintenance Change cleaning solution as needed For isolation rooms discard cleaning cloths and cleaning solution after use.
So why join the movement to Clean without So why join the movement to Clean without Harming? Harming?. Because it makes sense.
Simpler and saves money Better indoor air quality Safe for all building surfaces Safer for staff & clients
Better for the environment Reduces exposure to hazardous chemicals including disinfecting and sanitizing chemicals
ECOgent meets and exceeds: existing VOC standards for cleaners, including Green Seal GS37 new State VOC requirements new sustainable purchasing standards* Environmental Choice M Criteria PRC-097 Envirodesic™ Certification Program
*only one product meets all existing and new VOC standards: ECOgent General Purpose Cleaner
ECOgent offers : ECOgent offers : outstanding cleaning propertiesoutstanding cleaning properties occupational health and safetyoccupational health and safety ecological compatibilityecological compatibility sustainabilitysustainability
And the bottom line? It costs no more to Clean Without Harming, with ECOgent. It costs no more to Clean Without Harming, with ECOgent.