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Green Cleaning & Sanitizing in Rhode Island

Some cleaners and disinfectants can be hazardous to worker health and indoor air quality. However, these hazards can be controlled or even eliminated. The most effective method of control is to substitute a less hazardous material for a hazardous one. This means identifying safe alternatives that can replace conventional hazardous cleaning and disinfecting products that are used in the workplace or home. By eliminating the hazard, the risk is also eliminated. This strategy has been effectively used in many settings and is a cornerstone of P2 and OSHA’s Hierarchy of Controls for all occupational hazards.

NEWMOA and the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) and in partnership with Rhode Island Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (RICOSH) worked on a Project to encourage this approach throughout the janitorial and housekeeping community and schools in Rhode Island and Southeastern New England from 2019-2021. The Project focused on engaging stakeholders and developing training and learning objects to educate people about the health and environmental risks of traditional cleaners and disinfectants and how to assess and identify them in the marketplace.

This Project was funded by an EPA P2 grant.

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Andy Bray