The Hazards of Cleaning
"Exposure to hazardous chemicals is one of the most serious threats facing American workers today."
- U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis.
Cleaning industry employees may be exposed to potentially hazardous chemicals, work with equipment that can present a danger and perform various tasks that may cause an injury or illness if not performed properly. Further, the physical environment in which cleaning services are performed can present hazards.
The quality of indoor air of offices, schools, and other workplaces is important for health. Poor indoor air quality (IAQ) has been tied to symptoms like headaches, fatigue, trouble concentrating, and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat and lungs. Also, some specific diseases have been linked to specific air contaminants or indoor environments, like asthma. In addition, some exposures, such as asbestos and radon, do not cause immediate symptoms but can lead to cancer after many years.
Many factors affect IAQ. These factors include poor ventilation, problems controlling temperature, high or low humidity, recent remodeling, and other activities in or near a building that can affect the fresh air coming into the building. Sometimes, specific contaminants like dust from construction or renovation, mold, cleaning supplies, pesticides, or other airborne chemicals may cause poor IAQ.
The right ventilation and building care can prevent and fix IAQ problems. Although OSHA does not have IAQ standards, it does have standards about ventilation and standards on some of the air contaminants that can be involved in IAQ problems.
Depending on what and where you are cleaning will determine just how potentially hazardous the cleaning operation could be. When working with chemicals a warning is indicated on the product for poorly ventilated spaces and typically cleaning a bathroom is one of the least favorite household cleaning chores.
Historically chemical cleaners have known to be hazardous to humans and the environment in which we live. The industry is presently very dynamic in bringing forward safer chemical processes.
Our business takes a different approach to this problem and we make green cleaners feasible by offering the market a seamless solution that covers walls and floors and makes areas easier to clean than those same areas being served by dissimilar materials where cracks may harbor bacterium, virus, protozoan, fungus, helminthes and require chemical treatment.
Our seamless wall and floor surface can be power washed and occasionally cleaned with dry vapor steam. A power washer is excellent for soil removal and cleaning the critical area under the drain cover where soil accumulates. Neither process requires the use of any chemical and is an important reduction in poorly ventilated spaces like showers.