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Q&A on IEHA's High-Performance Cleaning Product (HPCP) testing

October 27, 2009
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WESTERVILLE, OH — In response to interest in the International Executive Housekeepers Association (IEHA) High-Performance Cleaning Product (HPCP) testing program associated with the University of Massachusetts Lowell’s Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI), the following excerpts from a question and answer session were provided, according to a press release.
Q: Is the IEHA High Performance Cleaning Product designation a certification?
A: No – it is merely a recognition program to acknowledge and encourage high-performance products – ideally those certified or recognized by Green Seal, EcoLogo, EcoForm, Design for the Environment (DfE) and other reputable organizations.
Q: How will the HPCP program foster continuous improvement?
A: Products will be designated as "high-performance" only in the specific areas where they perform in a superior manner. For example, a product that is an exceptional glass cleaner, will receive a letter code such as "GC" that will accompany the HPCP logo. If it performs well as a light-duty all-purpose cleaner, it may receive an "APL" designation. There will also be application-specific criteria and recognition codes (e.g., white board cleaning or "WB"). We believe this will provide manufacturers with incentive to continue to improve products and earn additional designations.
Q: How will you prevent the HPCP logo being used for "greenwashing?"
A: The logo will not be permitted to be used in connection with communications or marketing that designate products as HPCP unless the product has also been certified or recognized by Green Seal, EcoLogo, EcoForm, DfE, etc.
Q: What is the cost of testing?
A: Fees start at $2,500, and overall costs depend on the number of tests, contaminants and surfaces involved.
Q: How long after testing is complete will a manufacturer be notified whether or not the tested product qualifies for use of the logo?
A: Optimally, within two weeks, a committee will review the data and decide whether or not the product meets criteria to be designated as HPCP.
For more information on test procedures, performance benchmarks or to apply for testing, please contact Allen P. Rathey, president of InstructionLink/JanTrain Inc. at (208) 938-3137.
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