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Green Cleaning Focus On Health

So much has been said about green cleaning. Too often the green cleaning focus is simply grabbing a products with a green claim. If this is what your green cleaning program consists of, you may be making a big mistake.

To understand what it really means to clean green, you must first understand what it means to clean. When we go through the process of cleaning, we are doing more than just removing dirt. Cleaning has 3 main focuses, preventing long term damage, improving the appearance and most importantly, keeping the facility healthy.

Preventing Damage

When you clean a surface, you are stopping the build up of contaminates. If left unchecked, dirt, residues and minerals will deteriorate the surface. Long term damage will occur from not maintaining the cleanliness of a facility.

Green cleaning should look to not only stop the damage to a facility, but to aid in lengthening the life of the materials within a building. Reducing the need to remodel and replace, prevents the use of raw materials to create replacements.

Improving Appearance

It is often said in the cleaning industry that we shouldn’t clean for appearance. While this is true, if it looks dirty, it usually is. Appearance isn’t not something that should be overlooked but used as a measuring tool. It shouldn’t be the only factor used, but it is the one thing we are constantly being graded on. So keeping things looking good should always be important

Green Cleaning Focus on Health

Health should always be the goal of any cleaning program. When we reduce and remove germs from a building, those that work and live there benefit. Because green cleaning focus is on using safer practices and products, everyone wins. Keeping building safe and healthy for everyone should be included in everyone’s mindset. From educating the cleaning staff on the best ways to reduce contaminates, to the build occupants understanding the need to reduce use. Green cleaning focus is what will make the biggest difference when going green!

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Who Is In Charge Of School Health?

School health, when I was a kid, was either a little room with a very cold vinyl bed or it was a class you had to take with classmates of the same gender that taught students the basic functions of the human body. The only person that was in charge of school health was the nurse, who was only part time. Well that has all changed now.

With the media’s attention focused on flu out breaks, and school administrators having to submit real-time reports that dissect health trends in a district, state and region, school health is at the forefront of many people’s minds.  There is also the fact that many school district budgets are tied to attendance in one way or another. Money strapped schools are paying attention to every dollar, incoming and outgoing.

So this raises the question, who is really in charge of the school health?

School Health Isn’t What You Think

Most don’t realize it but the school custodian is. In a lot of cases, the custodial staff doesn’t even know how important their role is.

From the beginning of modern civilization, cleanliness (or the lack there of) has been directly tied to the spread of illness. From the Bubonic Plagues of the late 1300’s and early 1400’s up to today, the fact is that keeping a society healthy begins with cleanliness. Then, why is the school custodian often not viewed (or educated) to be focus of healthy schools?

The Impact Of School Health

Having worked with many schools at all levels over the years, I have seen the impact cleanliness has on health in schools. Trying to convince a school superintendent, principal or even a school board that their cleaning staff, whom in many cases, has no formal sanitation training and at the very bottom of the pay scale, is one of their most important employees, is a tough sell. After all, none of the other school employees are relevant if the students aren’t there due to illness.

Every parent should be asking, “Who is in charge of school health?”