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Study: Green cleaning boosts productivity

March 24, 2011

WASHINGTON — Several studies have shown the connection between worker productivity and green cleaning, according to a press release.

Green cleaning, by virtue of using less toxic substances, can greatly reduce absenteeism, thereby boosting worker and student productivity, the release noted.

"Work performance may be improved from a few percent to possibly as much as 10 percent by providing superior indoor environmental quality (IEQ). The economic benefits of the work performance improvements will often far outweigh the costs of providing better IEQ," according to data gathered by researchers at the California-based Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Indoor Air Quality Scientific Findings Resource Bank.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has estimated that poor quality indoor air can cost the nation tens of billions of dollars annually in lost productivity and medical care, the release stated.

According to the release, a 2002 study by the Lawrence Berkley National Design Laboratory found that improving air quality in buildings can lower sick building symptoms by 20 percent to 50 percent, while cold and flu are reduced by nine percent to 20 percent and allergies and asthma drop by eight percent to 25 percent.

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