The Janitorial Products P2 Project (“JP4”) is producing a series of commentaries on environmental, health, and safety issues. The commentaries are generally intended for supervisors, EH&S advisors, and agency P2 staff.
The following commentaries are available:
- Adding Labels to Your Containers
- Buying Environmentally Preferable Products
Ideas for setting up an Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Program
- Southern California Janitorial Chemicals Safety Project (pdf)
A description of the outreach project conducted during 2001.
- Cleaning Chemical Injuries (pdf)
A fact sheet about key steps you can take to decrease the health & safety risks from your cleaning products.
- Learn More About Cleaning Products Risks (pdf) Be Healthy – Clean Safely #1
- High Risk Cleaning Products (pdf)
Be Healthy – Clean Safely #2
- City of San Jose Case Study
- Conducting Effective Product Trials
Tips and information on how to test new products.
- How Often Are Janitors Injured?
What chemical injuries do your janitors experience?
- Minimizing Use of Janitorial Products
- Polaris Building Maintenance, Inc.
Clean Up Your Janitorial Products
- Richmond Janitorial Chemicals Project (PowerPoint Presentation)
Presented at Granlibakken Household Hazardous Waste Conference May 19, 1999
- Safe Storage and Mixing
- Selecting Protective Equipment
Always wear gloves and goggles!
- Stanford University Housing Case Study
- What’s Needed Next
Three things the janitorial professional needs.
Permission is granted to freely copy, distribute, and use any of these materials that we have originated provided that JP4 and the authors are credited.
The following commentaries and websites are from other environmentally preferable purchasing projects.
- Cape Cod National Seashore
The National Park Service is changing to environmentally preferable janitorial products
- City of Austin Green Buildings Project
Guidelines for Green Building
Housekeeping and Maintenance
- King County, Washington Environmental Purchasing Program
County policy to purchase products manufactured with recycled and environmentally preferable products.
- City of Saint Paul
“Green” Cleaners Get The Job Done
- City of Santa Monica
Custodial Products Bid Specifications
EPA Case Study (pdf)
- Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Purchasing Specifications and Product Evaluations
EPA Case Study
- OSHA Label Requirements
OSHA requirements for janitorial product labels are listed in this abstract taken from 29CFR 1910.1200 (f).
- OSHA MSDS Requirements
OSHA requirements for what a MSDS must contain are listed in this abstract from 29CFR 1910.1200 (g).
- State of Minnesota
“Minnesota adds environmental requirements to the state cleaning supplies contract.”
- US Department of Interior Turns to Green Cleaners
In November 1998 the Department of Interior embarked on a quest to initiate a contract for custodial services using environmentally preferable cleaning products and supplies.
- US EPA Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics
- Washington Dept. of Ecology
Specifications developed by the State of Washington for purchasing environmentally friendly janitorial products
Please obtain permission directly from other projects for use of their materials.
Janitorial Products Pollution Prevention Project – Sponsored by US EPA, State of California, Santa Clara County, the City of Richmond, and the Local Government Commission. Written by Thomas Barron, Carol Berg, and Linda Bookman.