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University to make green cleaning policy official

February 11, 2010
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MISSOULA, MT — After unofficially introducing non-toxic cleaning products over the past few years, several separate custodial departments at the University of Montana (UM) have come together in favor of an official green cleaning policy, according to the Montana Kaimin.

According to the story, in addition to the environmental benefits, the policy will help limit custodial worker exposure to dangerous chemicals.

Campus custodian Bruce Davis said: "Working janitorial, we come across more hazardous chemicals than just about any other workplace."

The university has appointed a Green Cleaning Work Group that will, in part, determine which products the custodial staff should use, and will focus on those approved by third-party organizations like Green Seal and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the story stated.

UM Dining Services Director Mark LoParco said: "We have to determine the size of the elephant we''re going to have to eat here. We discovered there aren''t as many green cleaning compounds being used now as we had hoped."

Environmental science students will also be involved in the selection process, the story added.

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