Roughly six out of every 100 janitors are injured annually by exposure to harsh cleaning chemicals, according to the Janitorial Products Pollution Prevention Project, sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In an effort to increase the safety of these workers, as well as that of building occupants and the environment, the Minneapolis City Council committee is expected to pass a resolution requiring janitors to use less-toxic, or green, cleaning products when cleaning the cities buildings.

According to the Downtown Journal, city employees are already very close to implementing safer, less toxic cleaning alternatives that get the job done and also have less impact on the health of employees and the environment. The City Council is expected to meet on this topic on Friday and if the resolution is passed, all city departments would be required to switch to "greener" cleaners no later than January 1, 2007.

The decision to implement green cleaning products has been going on for years. According to the article, " a group of health and environmental organizations approached the city a couple years ago about investigating the use of less-toxic cleaning solutions." As a result of those meetings, the city's Property Services Division began working with the Minneapolis Convention Center on experimenting with safer products, and has seen great success.

To read more about the steps Minneapolis has taken, click here.