GSF Program Earns Green Seal Certification
GSF, a global cleaning services company, has earned Green Seal certification for its use of responsible cleaning practices that are among the healthiest and most sustainable in the nation. The company, which services 25 million-square-feet a day, will immediately begin servicing the Chicago-area Aptakisic-Tripp School District with its Green Seal-certified Ecologique program and soon plans to expand the service to additional school districts and commercial office locations.
To earn certification, GSF met Green Seal’s stringent Cleaning Services Standard (GS-42) requirements for cleaning equipment and procedures, chemicals, employee training, product labeling, and communication. Green Seal conducts rigorous on-site inspections to verify each requirement before awarding a prestigious certification mark.
"GSF recognizes that a greener approach to cleaning has a positive effect on people and the planet," said the company in a press release. "For 12 years, GSF has implemented greener chemicals, tools, and equipment that save water, energy, and waste while consistently reviewing its cleaning processes to ensure they meet the highest standard of sustainability. Offering its Green Seal-certified Ecologique cleaning program further solidifies GSF’s commitment to cleaning in a healthier, more environmentally friendly way"
GSF-USA’s Green Seal-certified Ecologique cleaning program includes:
Sustainable cleaning chemicals
GSF cleans and disinfects with safe and sustainable electrochemically activated solutions (ECAS) made with just salt, water, and electricity.
GSF uses the most advanced equipment possible, including robotic technologies, to minimize water and energy consumption while prolonging the lifespan of flooring assets.
Environmentally sourced consumables
GSF uses products such as microfiber towels, soap and paper products that align with the most progressive environmental standards.
Documented training & procedures
Every employee completes a minimum of 24 hours of training to ensure they’re well-versed in cleaning best practices.
Leadership development through GSF University
GSF offers leadership training that teaches cleaning professionals how to increase efficiency, cleaning quality and sustainability.
“In today’s environment, cleaning well has never mattered more. Cleaning service providers who meet Green Seal’s rigorous health and environmental criteria are uniquely qualified to provide exceptional cleaning and disinfection while also protecting indoor air quality and respiratory health for the building occupants. This is more critical in schools than anywhere else” said Doug Gatlin, CEO of Green Seal. “GSF didn’t just commit to green cleaning – they sought out rigorous third-party certification to verify that they are leaving no stone unturned in their mission to protect the health of their customers.”
Green Seal certified companies are among the most highly trained cleaning teams in the nation, using healthier cleaning products and practices that actively improve indoor air quality and the health and productivity of students and staff. Importantly, these products and practices also protect custodial staff, who in general are twice as likely to experience occupational asthma compared to other workers.
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