Testing Green Cleaning Products for Performance
– IEHA/TURI Program Continues Expansion
Westerville OH – The International Executive Housekeepers Association (IEHA) is pleased to announce the continuing expansion of the High Performance Cleaning Product (HPCP) testing program in conjunction with UMass Lowell’s Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI) Lab. In 2010, IEHA/TURI embarked upon a fee-based program for testing soil removal efficacy of hard-surface green cleaning products, and for recognizing products that perform well when compared to similar products (green or conventional). Test metrics and program scope have expanded and now encompass:
• Soil Removal
• Microbial Elimination
• Field Application
• Equipment (non-chemical product evaluation)
Product tests and/or proposal discussions are currently underway with a number of jansan manufacturers including the following that have given permission for their names to be published:
• Advanced Vapor Technologies
“IEHA salutes these progressive companies and others that have stepped up to have their products’ performance rigorously verified by a science-based, independent third-party,” said Beth Risinger, CEO and Executive Director of IEHA. “We are pleased to be working with the scientists at the University of Massachusetts Lowell’s TURI Lab to make this flexible and innovative program available to forward-thinking industry and corporate leaders who provide green high performance solutions to the marketplace.”
About IEHA’s HPCP Program
IEHA’s High Performance Cleaning Product (HPCP) Program tests, verifies and helps promote hard surface cleaning products with green attributes to enable selection of those that effectively clean a range of building and environmental surfaces. While green certification programs (e.g., Green Seal, EcoLogo, DfE, etc.) do include basic product performance and efficacy criteria as part of an overall environmental review, these organizations, while laudable, emphasize multi-attribute eco-factors more than comprehensive cleaning or usage criteria. To fill this gap, HPCP rigorously targets the cleaning performance of greener products, taking testing to a higher level through application of realistic soils on surface materials likely to be found in actual facilities (e.g., white boards, stainless steel, textured or composite countertops, etc.) This provides end-users with practical test data they can use to improve their specific cleaning situation, and suppliers with lab-based verification of product efficacy under specific, challenging and real-world circumstances. Tests can also be customized to focus on surfaces and soils most likely to be encountered in specific environments such as schools, gymnasiums, theatres, and more.
The International Executive Housekeepers Association (IEHA), is a 3,500-plus professional member organization for persons employed in facility housekeeping at the management level. The organization was founded in 1930 in New York City, and is now located in Westerville, Ohio, a suburb of the State''s capitol, Columbus. Executive Housekeepers are managers who direct housekeeping programs in commercial, industrial or institutional facilities. They supervise staffs ranging from a few to several hundred people and handle budgets from a few thousand dollars to millions. IEHA provides members with an array of channels through which they can achieve personal and professional growth. Some are: leadership opportunities; resource materials; education program designation; employment referral service; a Technical Question Hotline (1-800-200-6342); networking; an annual convention and trade show, including several educational sessions; and a monthly trade publication, Executive Housekeeping Today. Please contact IEHA''s Association office at (800) 200-6342 for more details, or go to IEHA.org.