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Final version of GS-37 to be released

September 19, 2010
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Green Seal will be releasing the final revised version of GS-37 — its environmental standard for institutional and industrial cleaning products — this month.

“The primary goal of the GS-37 revision,” stated Arthur Weissman, Ph.D., president and CEO of Green Seal, “is to ensure that it continues to represent an environmental leadership standard in the marketplace and to incorporate criteria that fully protects human health, including that of children and custodial workers.”

The revision of GS-37 has been managed by Green Seal with the help of an executive committee including: New York State; the Healthy Schools Network Inc.; a pediatric health expert from the Medical University of South Carolina; TerraChoice, administrator of the EcoLogo Program; and ISSA, the trade association of the cleaning industry.

Technical expertise from the University of Tennessee Center for Clean Products and Clean Technologies, GREENGUARD Environmental Institute, Division of Environmental Health Assessment for the New York State Dept. of Health, Occupational Health Surveillance Program for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Division of Respiratory Disease Studies, Southwest Center for Pediatric Environmental Health at the University of Texas Health Center at Tyler, and other expert sources assisted throughout the development of the standard.

Washington, DC-based RESOLVE — a non-profit organization specializing in consensus building processes in public decision making — helped facilitate stakeholder involvement.

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