Dangers of Commercial Cleaning Products
September 03, 2019 Leave a Comment
According to many sources, including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), many of the cleaning products found on store shelves contain harsh chemicals that pose a serious threat to people, pets, and the environment. It's no secret that the public mindset believes the stronger the chemical, the better the cleaning. That's one of the reasons so many consumers overlook the dangers of chemicals found in a majority of the cleaning products we use. As dangerous as some of the home cleaning products are, commercial cleaning products can pose an even greater threat. That's because products made for commercial use (i.e. products used for cleaning office buildings, malls, restaurants, and other commercial establishments) are made at a commercial grade, which means high concentrations of chemicals.
According to the EPA, janitorial can be one of the most dangerous occupations. In addition to physical risks like slipping and falling, the source cites both biological and chemical hazards as a part of the problem. Biological, of course, refers to continuous exposure to infectious pathogens, bacteria, fungi, and mold. Chemical hazards include exposure to the harsh chemicals found in many of the commercial products used by the janitorial and cleaning industry. This exposure comes in the form of accidental splashes on the face and in the eyes, inhalation, and contact with skin. Very often these accidents occur through improper use or mishandling of the products by the cleaning crew. An EPA guide states that "Each year about 6 out of every 100 professional custodians are injured by the chemicals they use to clean, sanitize, and disinfect." The report goes on to cite burns to the eyes and skin as the most common type of injuries, with breathing in toxic mists and vapors coming in at a close second.
But how do you clean, sanitize, and disinfect adequately without using harsh chemical-based products? There is a way. There's no need to rely on harsh chemicals to kill germs and bacteria. In fact, using those products are not only dangerous for the people who use them, they are detrimental to the environment. The EPA states clearly in a report that switching to "green" cleaning is the best way to not only maintain your facility safely while keeping it free of infectious disease, it's also the best way to protect the environment.
The problem with "green cleaning" is that the definition can be interpreted in different ways. Many companies claim to have "green" products that are safe for the environment and for consumers. The Federal Trade Commission has set some guidelines for green marketing based on consumer and advocacy groups. The guidelines are designed to reduce the broad and often ambiguous statements claiming products are "eco-friendly" and "safe" for the environment. A few of the guidelines directed at marketing "green" products include ensuring that all claims of a product being biodegradable need to be qualified. When a company claims a product is biodegradable, they need to offer documented proof that supports the claim a product will decompose within a year. Recycled items that don't decompose within a year do not qualify. The FTC hasn't issued additional guidelines because of the varied interpretation of terms like "sustainable" and "natural." Companies that bring consumers products that are eco-friendly and safe for consumers can do independent testing to verify the validity of their claims, which can offer further assurance of a product's safety.
At GenEon, we stay true to our promise to bring you the absolute best cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting products available anywhere. All of our cleaning products are eco-friendly. We've done extensive testing to ensure our claim is true, and we are always careful to avoid any wording that might mislead consumers. Safety and sustainability are our number one goal. Our mission is to redefine the meaning of safe cleaning. We offer products that are sustainable, renewable, and chemical-free while still being as effective as leading "green" and traditional chemical cleaners. Our goal is to improve the health, safety, and productivity of those who use or are exposed to dangerous commercial cleaning products where they live, work and play.
Our cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting products have all the benefits of traditional cleaners without the dangers associated with chemical cleaners. Consumers make our products using our on-site generation technology. Our cleaners, sanitizers, and disinfectants are made using natural minerals (ours are registered with the EPA), water, and electricity. This lets consumers create the cleaning solutions they need as they need them. This not only saves money, it eliminates the need for keeping harmful commercial cleaners on premise. At GenEon, we don't just claim to be safe and eco-friendly, we live up to the claim. Our first priority is developing products that meet all the requirements for being sustainable, toxic-free, and safer than commercial cleaning products.
In addition to our cleaners, we bring you the most advanced and effective cleaning and on-site genration technology anywhere. The Trio + and Trio Maxx systems
are compact electro-chemical activation systems used with our cleaning catalysts to make GenEon's powerful cleaning and sanitizing products. Other on-site generation products include Immerse-A-Clean Wand
for handheld convenience and the InstaFlow system
for high-volume applications. We also offer advanced delivery systems for our cleaning and sanitizing solutions, ensuring the proper distribution and application of our products. The Mist / bMist delivery systems
are ideal for large, open spaces, schools, medical environments, and other public areas. The powerful misting delivery system ensures safe, even distribution of our proprietary sanitizers and cleaners, even in hard-to-reach places. For a more compact version, we offer the Mist 2.5
, which offers the same power as out other delivery systems in a more compact configuration. Our advanced delivery systems and non-toxic sanitizing and cleaning products save you money, keep you healthy, and are eco-friendly.
To learn more about how to remove health risks for cleaners with our truly safe cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting products, call us at 866.217.0205
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