Standards And Certifications
Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS) certification applies to management, operations, performance systems and processes. Compliance with the Standard demonstrates an organization is structured to deliver consistent, quality services that are designed to meet the customer's needs and expectations.
Green Seal Inc. has 30 issued standards that cover over 337 product and service categories.
The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute, part of UL Environment, was founded in 2001 with the mission of protecting human health and quality of life by improving indoor air quality and reducing chemical exposure.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Design for the Environment program helps consumers, businesses and institutional buyers identify cleaning and other products that perform well, are cost-effective and are safer for the environment.
The EcoLogo Program, which is managed by TerraChoice Environmental Marketing, provides customers – public, corporate and consumer – with assurance that the products and services bearing the logo meet stringent standards of environmental leadership through rigorous research and comparison of scientifically relevant criteria that reflect the entire lifecycle of the product.
The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) is a certification and standard-setting nonprofit organization for the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries. In partnership with regional and international trade associates, the IICRC serves more than 25 countries with offices in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) BioPreferred program has the purpose of promoting the increased purchase and use of bio-based products. The program is expected to promote economic development, create new jobs and provide new markets for farm commodities.
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) develops standards to ensure that products and services are safe, reliable and of good quality. For business, they are strategic tools that reduce costs by minimizing waste and errors and increasing productivity.
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) has the mission of promoting an environmentally sound, socially beneficial and economically prosperous management of the world's forests. FSC believes that we can meet our current needs for forest products without compromising the health of the world's forests for future generations.
The Cleaning Management Institute (CMI) is a professional society dedicated to education, training and career improvement for the facility maintenance industry.