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Custodial Green Cleaning

Products and practices used in traditional cleaning increase environmental and health impacts, health care costs, liability and insurance cost for the company.

Six out of hundred custodians file time loss or injury claims. With more than two million custodians in the US, that amounts to a total cost of more than $85 million. Green cleaning products and practices can result in up to 70% reduction in exposure to employees.

Whether you are a custodian or you manage a team of custodians, the resources below provide helpful tips for cleaning green.

Videos

San Francisco’s multilingual Green Cleaning Videos cover the benefits of green cleaning, green cleaning products and procedures, and proper disposal of waste

Factsheets

Training Modules

“Tools for Training” series created by green cleaning expert Stephen Ashkin, with reference notes and quizzes. 10-minute minimodules for training custodians. Customization encouraged.

  • Notes – Notes for all training modules (PPT) (PDF)
  • Quizzes – Quizzes for all training modules (PPT) (PDF)
  • 1A - Organizing Closets (PPT) (PDF)
  • 1B - Pest Management (PPT) (PDF)
  • 1C - Problems Hiding in the Open (PPT) (PDF)
  • 2A - Ergonomics (PPT) (PDF)
  • 2B - Safe Workplace (PPT) (PDF)
  • 3A - Touch Points (PPT) (PDF)
  • 3B - Vulnerable Occupants (PPT) (PDF)
  • 3C - Disinfectants (PPT) (PDF)
  • 3D - Slips and Falls (PPT) (PDF)
  • 4A - Green Products (PPT) (PDF)
  • 4B - Energy and Water (PPT) (PDF)
  • 4C - Solid Waste (PPT) (PDF)

Safer Products

SF Approved directory of green products and specifications. Created for City Departments, but useful for others as well.

Want to do more?

Green your custodial company and get recognized for it by the City by becoming a San Francisco Green Business. Enroll in the Green Business Program and learn how to save on energy, water, and refuse bills, and reduce your exposure to hazardous substances. To learn more, call 415.355.3700.


Related Content

Green Business Guide to Pollution Prevention (video)
San Francisco Green Business Program - businesses meeting high environmental standards
SF Approved - green products catalog, specifications, products on City contracts, and vendors, for City Departments


Additional Resources

The Real Costs of Institutional Green Cleaning
Safer Products & Practices for Disinfecting & Sanitizing Surfaces
Bureau of Labor Statistics on Custodial Jobs in 2012
The Right to Know: School Custodial Maintenance Workers
California Department of Public Health’s Occupational Health Branch Statistics

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