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Health Care Case Study

September 19, 2010
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Core Products Company Inc.
Identifying Cleaning Needs In Health Care Facilities

All facility managers are charged with cleaning for the benefit of building occupants. Traditional cleaning methods used in many health care facilities, however, may provide a safeguard against infection for patients, but pose risks from harmful side effects to end users and other staff.

Many traditional cleaning products cause hand dermatitis, asthma and other respiratory issues for users, not to mention the same sorts of issues for the occupants.

Until there are recommendations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Design for the Environment (DfE) program regarding the labeling of green disinfectants, the use of some considerably harsh chemicals will continue to be part of controlling infectious diseases in health care facilities.

However, routine general cleaning is the first line of defense against germs. This is the easiest first step to incorporating green cleaning products in a total facility program. Even disinfectant and sanitization products need the proper contact time to work properly, so general cleaning of hard surfaces with multipurpose, green alternatives are a safer component of a total cleaning program that will also optimize the use of disinfectants and sanitizers, while minimizing exposure risks to users and occupants.

Core Products Company Inc. was one of the first manufacturers to develop a multipurpose, Green Seal-certified product with Hydroxi Pro® Concentrate that was directly in response to the U.S. Executive Order 13101 defining environmentally preferable products and services. In addition to the Hydroxi Pro® low-toxicity brand, Core formulates the Green Logic™ brand of products that meets almost every green cleaning challenge.

Shelly Feinman, an International Executive Housekeepers Association (IEHA) trainer, supplies cleaning products to nursing homes and hospitals through his Dallas-based business, Best Supply. Feinman is sold on Hydroxi Pro® Concentrate and so are his professional health care customers.

"The biggest challenge I have when I speak to facility managers is emphasizing the need for a change of product," said Feinman, who recommends Hydroxi Pro® Concentrate to his health care facility customers.

"Many senior care facilities lack storage space to inventory a wide-variety of products. By using a concentrated product such as Hydroxi Pro® in tandem with a wall-mounted dispensing system, it saves storage space and reduces the number of products needed … from an environmental standpoint, there''s less waste from unnecessary packaging on the backend, and the packaging can also be recycled," said Feinman.

"Once they began using Hydroxi Pro®, the low volatile organic compounds (VOCs), pleasant natural orange scent and efficient cleaning changes their minds," said Feinman.

Hydroxi Pro® Concentrate, when used as directed, can remove dirt and dust that negatively impact indoor air quality.

Linda Cain, owner of Superior Supply in Baltimore, says that Hydroxi Pro® Concentrate is the perfect cleaner to use in bathrooms and showers as a degreaser — she uses it in health care facilities to clean out drains and sewage lines in shower and bathroom floors.

"In my 28 years as a business owner, I''ve never found a product that does so much and is so safe," said Cain.

Phil Berringer, owner of Green Seal Products Company Inc. in Sykesville, Maryland, says that for senior residence facilities, Hydroxi Pro® Concentrate is the perfect product as the basis of a total floor care program. Hydroxi Pro® Concentrate has a neutral pH, is hydrogen peroxide-based, can be used for floors, carpets and in restrooms and is registered by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) for kitchen use and listed on the USDA BioPreferred Product List.

Core Products Company Inc. is a logical starting place when researching options for a green cleaning program. Core is committed to formulating for our future by transforming the cleaning industry with innovative, green cleaning solutions.

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