Did You Know?
The IICRC Carpet-related workshop October 3-6, 2006, being held during ISSA/INTERCLEAN® USA at McCormick Place South in Chicago, will cover the IICRC Carpet Cleaning Technician Certification. To find out more, or to register, visit or call ISSA’s Customer Service Department at 800-225-4772.

Analyzing Green Cleaning
Managers, owners and stakeholders are interested in the many benefits that a facility can experience when going green. The journey toward launching such a cleaning program begins with an assessment of products, procedures and worker training.

All products must be evaluated to determine their impact on the indoor environment and on worker safety. Chemicals and disposables need to be analyzed for harmful ingredients and recycled content, while equipment must have the ability to capture and contain soil. Low moisture cleaning systems, preventative matting and products with extended life cycles all contribute to a sustainable green program.

The second component that impacts the facility is best practice and cleaning frequency. Areas are divided into high and low risk. High-risk areas require increased cleaning frequency, and a higher level of cleaning science must be applied to ensure proper hygiene and sanitation. Task time and cleaning frequency are defined so that adequate labor hours can be assigned to meet the increased cleaning standards.

Finally, workers who are skilled in general cleaning techniques often need additional training in green cleaning methods. These are techniques that reduce bacteria and contaminants while increasing hygiene on surfaces and high-use contact areas. Educating workers and supervisors increases the technical knowledge of personnel and improves the work environment for everyone.

Once managers identify the products and procedures they are interested in, the next step is to document the savings or increases that will directly impact their budgets. Managers not only need to analyze the unit price, but should also look at variables in the product that could affect the final investment, such as bulk chemical versus dispensing systems, or roll towels versus C-fold. When those factors are included, a product that might have a higher unit price still could come out to be less expensive than a current product.

ISSA now offers a new program, EcoSmart, to help better document the financial gains of green cleaning. This easy-to-use application covers chemicals, equipment, paper products and even training costs. It offers quick reports and presentation-ready graphs to explain results to upper management or customers. The program also comes with a free bonus workloading application to calculate annual labor costs. Visit to learn more or call ISSA at 800-225-4772.

Green Seal Revises Cleaning Services Standard
The latest version of Green Seal’s draft Cleaning Services Standard, released for a second round of balloting on July 4 with final votes received by July 14, contains a substantial revision to its approach to define environmentally preferable cleaning products.

Green Seal announced in mid-June that the first round of balloting did not result in a consensus, and that it would revise the draft standard further for the purpose of achieving greater consensus. Consequently, Green Seal made several revisions to the standard in response to stakeholder comments.

Most notably, Green Seal has adopted an alternative approach to the Environmentally Preferable Purchasing guidelines and has significantly revised its definition of environmentally preferable cleaning products.

The draft standard now defines environmentally preferable cleaning products to include not only products certified by Green Seal and Environmental Choice, but also includes products recognized by the U.S. EPA Design for the Environment Formulator Initiative, thereby allowing for more products to qualify as green.

Throughout the standard development process, ISSA has advocated that Green Seal adopt such a multi-faceted approach to define green products. Such an approach ensures that under the standard, cleaning service providers would be assured a robust supply of reasonably priced, effective, and environmentally preferable cleaning products.

The draft Cleaning Services Standard’s Environmentally Preferable Purchasing guidelines have been revised by replacing a requirement that 50 percent of all products meet the environmentally preferable criteria, in favor of specific categories of products that must be considered environmentally preferable under the standard.

These changes should greatly simplify the environmentally preferable product requirements while allowing for more green products in general. To obtain a copy of the revised Green Seal Cleaning Services Standard, e-mail ISSA’s Bill Balek, (Place “GS Revised Standard” in the subject line of your e-mail).

ISSA Launches Safety Web Site
ISSA has created a one-of-a-kind Web network dedicated exclusively to the protection of the health and safety of workers in the cleaning industry, the latest step in the association’s ongoing alliance with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The site offers five topics pages focusing on: Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens; Cleaning Chemicals in the Workplace (Hazard Communication); Injury & Illness Recordkeeping; Personal Protective Equipment (PPE); and Slips, Trips and Falls in the Workplace.

Each page provides detailed information on regulatory compliance obligations, plus tips and resources for creating and maintaining a safe and healthy environment for employees in that area. Visit to view the site.

Regulatory News
Federal Agencies Step up Immigration Enforcement

While Congress continues to debate immigration reform, Federal agencies have stepped up their enforcement of immigration laws and regulations currently on the books, including those that require employers to verify that immigrants they hire are legally eligible to work in the United States.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a proposed rule in the Federal Register that specifies “safe harbor” procedures that an employer can take in response to a “no match” letter it receives from the Social Security Administration (SSA) or the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. This verification method will eliminate the possibility that DHS will claim an employer had constructive knowledge that it was employing an alien not authorized to work in the U.S., in violation of federal immigration laws.

For a recap of the regulations, Employers Get Guidance on Response to SSA “No Match” Letters, please visit

Source: National Association of Wholesalers-Distributors

Welcome New ISSA Members!

A AA1st Choice, LLC
Palisades Park, NJ

A.C.P. Cleaning, Inc.
Woburn, MA

AAA Motors
Highland, CA

Alpha & Omega Building Service
Kettering, OH

The Arc of San Antonio
San Antonio, TX

Ottawa, Ontario

California Lutheran University
Thousand Oaks, CA

Capitol Hill Building Maintenance, Inc.
Landover, MD

Chimes District of Columbia
Baltimore, MD

Columbia Vantage House
Columbia, MD

Goodwill Solutions/Industries
Des Moines, IA

LMC Office Cleaning
Clarks Summit, PA

Maid to Perfection Corp.
Hagerstown, MD

The Op Shop
Fairmont, WV

Perfect Polish
Norris, TN

Quality Maintenance
Grants, NM

Reach, Inc.
Juneau, AK

Regal Maintenance
Manchester, NH

Servpro of Western Lake County
Griffith, IN

Southern Utah University
Cedar City, UT

Trimax Cleaning Systems
Dublin, OH

Individual ISP Members:

Michael Humphreys, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Mark Williams, Clayton County Public Schools,
dba Wortech
Jonesboror, GA


The following workshops will be held during ISSA/INTERCLEAN® USA 2006, October 4-7, McCormick Place South, Chicago, IL.

October 4
Slips, Trips and Falls Workshop • Gain a better understanding on how to best promote floor safety by
controlling and reducing slips, trips and falls.

October 5
Maintaining Quality While Reducing Costs • featuring Steve Spencer • Discover tangible ways to reduce costs in your facility while improving the conditions within it.

October 5
Staffing & Workloading for the Bottom Line • featuring Jim Peduto • Learn how to build a zero-based staffing plan with modern workloading tools to consider numerous real-life variables such as customer expectations, service requirements, building soil levels, operating costs, and quality.

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