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IEHA continues to prefer high-performance green products

September 14, 2012

WESTERVILLE, OH — IEHA is asking its members to purchase hard surface green cleaning products that have earned High Performance Cleaning Product (HPCP) recognition based on testing performed by the University of Massachusetts at Lowell Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI), according to a press release.

ieha/turi logoIEHA’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 in a high-performance manner, the release stated.

"IEHA’s High Performance Cleaning Product Program (HPCP) tests and validates hard surface cleaning products with green attributes. 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 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.),” said Dr. Jason Marshall, lab director for TURI.

“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," Marshall added.