30th December 2014 – Some cleaning products can be flammable and corrosive, others can contain irritants. The effect on health can be sore eyes or throat and headaches.
There are some chemicals that although not harmful in themselves can cause dangerous reactions when mixed or used together. If you insist on using ‘green’ products this does not necessarily mean that they are any safer for you and your employees.
A quote from a recent study in America states – “Investigators from the University of California at Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory measured pollutant concentrations during and after simulated cleaning activities, including mopping and general cleaning, and during use of a plug-in air freshener. The investigators found that chemicals directly emitted from the products, such as terpenes and glycol ethers, generally were below levels of concern, but that indoor chemical reactions of the substances emitted produced some other pollutants at levels of health concern. Specifically, using products that contained terpenes – which are components of pine and citrus oils – in rooms where elevated levels of ozone were present, resulted in the production of formaldehyde and ultrafine particles, both of which can potentially harm human health.”
Having your office cleaned during the evening will give time for cleaning products to clear the air and reduce the risk to health.
There are also a few other tips that can help –
- Limit the use of cleaning products or air fresheners that are pine/lemon-scented or that contain pine or citrus oils – ask your cleaning company what products they use.
- Avoid the use of indoor air cleaning devices such as plug-in air fresheners.
- Do not use more of the cleaning agent than is necessary to complete the job and try not to mix cleaning chemicals.
- Rinse surfaces with water after cleaning. Do not store cleaning products, mops or cloths in the working environment.
- Always use adequate ventilation during cleaning – encourage cleaning contractors to open windows during cleaning.
At Out of Hour our approved cleaners will be happy to talk through the current regulations and chemical handling procedures that they follow.
All of our commercial cleaners are fully vetted and professional.