Over the years, I have talked a lot about cleaning trends my readers can expect to see moving forward. This year, those cleaning trends are not just possible; they are unavoidable.

For example, facilities that focus on green and sustainable cleaning will begin to see changes in the marketing and labeling of products. To comply with revised “Green Guides” from the Federal Trade Commission, terms such as “green” and “environmentally friendly” will need to be substantiated. Certifications and seals of approval may also need to provide a disclaimer and qualify products’ certifiable attributes.

As a result of these cleaning trends, Housekeeping Solutions readers will see noticeable changes on product labels. It is important that you familiarize yourselves with the changes, as they will outline safe handling procedures for the products. They will also detail the specific environmental attributes associated with that product.

While on the topic of green, expect to see revisions to the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification. Out later this year, changes expected for LEED will impact green cleaning credits. Those departments looking to achieve or maintain their credentialing will need a refresher course on the updates.

In addition to shifts in green initiatives, watch for cleaning trends that stress a heavier focus on safety and health as it relates to custodial operations. Expect to see an emergence of safety data sheets, replacements to the MSDS that you are accustomed to. To prepare for the change, OSHA requires that all departments conduct mandatory training that outlines changes to the SDS. Training is required to take place by Dec. 1. This is all part of OSHA aligning its HazCom standard with the United Nation’s new Globally Harmonized System.

OSHA also expects to release new mandates surrounding Walking/Working Surfaces this year. The requirements are designed to help reduce slip-and-fall accidents and will outline steps readers can take to protect the department from litigation.

Lastly, in an effort to provide cleaner and healthier environments for students in K-12 schools, ISSA and CIRI will debut a standard that benchmarks levels of cleanliness and how they can be achieved.

Of course, we will keep readers informed of these and other emerging cleaning trends as they come to fruition. Look for detailed information on these topics throughout the year in our publications and on CleanLink.