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India Marked as Hot Bed for Air Pollution

How can the cleaning industry help curb this increasing problem for cities across the globe?

March 12, 2019

A 2018 analysis by AirVisual, a provider of air quality data, shows 15 of the 20 most polluted cities across the globe reside in a single country—India.

The analysis, CNN reported, measured 3,000 cities, with 64 percent of them exceeding the World Health Organization’s annual exposure guidelines for certain pollutants. The percentage of total cities throughout the world exceeding these limits could be even higher, as many cities don’t have access to current air quality information.

While the impact of these numbers may appear detached from the cleaning industry, there is a direct correlation to the labor force that keeps industries like ours going. “In addition to human lives lost, there’s an estimated global cost of US$225 billion in lost labor and trillions in medical costs. This has enormous impacts, on our health and on our wallets,” said Yeb Sano, executive director of Greenpeace South East Asia. “We want this report to make people think about the air we breathe, because when we understand the impacts of air quality on our lives, we will act to protect what’s most important.”

Leaders in the cleaning and facilities management industries have the power to help mitigate contributions to air pollution with the business decisions they make. Some considerations include the production and manufacturing processes for cleaning products, supplies, and equipment; the chemicals and products selected to maintain facilities; or even disposal of chemicals like aerosols or other hazardous materials.

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Proposed EPA Budget Highlights Acceleration of Toxic Chemical Evaluations

March 12, 2019

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a budget for its 2020 fiscal year with an emphasis on chemical review and toxic chemical reduction.

“The Toxic Substances Control Act, as amended, requires the EPA to evaluate whether existing chemicals may pose unreasonable risks and, if so, take immediate steps to protect human health and the environment,” the EPA published in a press release. “The EPA must also affirm that new chemicals entering the market are safe and that appropriate measures are taken to address risks. In FY 2020, this work will accelerate as the agency reaches statutory deadlines to complete the first set of risk evaluations for existing chemicals and begins the next phase of work.”

The proposed budget would also “supplement fees paid by chemical manufacturers and processors,” the release stated.

Other highlights from the budget include focuses on hazardous waste site cleanup, investments in water infrastructure to support drinking and waste water efforts, and support to remove environmental hazards from education facilities.

 

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ISSA Teams With Marquette University for Online Education Program

March 12, 2019

ISSA’s Cleaning Management Institute (CMI) has partnered with Marquette University to develop an online training course that introduces the seven critical areas of supply chain management.

A need for the widespread cleaning industry to understand supply chain management was a prerequisite in the partnership between the two organizations.

Marko Bastl, assistant professor of supply chain management at Marquette University’s College of Business Administration, said lessons from the program can help organizations to gain a competitive edge. “You will gain insights into how we can take an integrated view of the various supply chain-related functions—such as customer service, logistics and distribution, purchasing, and supply chain planning—and in doing so maximize our levels of customer service.”

More information about the partnership and course benefits is available here in a complete press release.

Registration information through ISSA is available here.

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Ohio Cintas Facility Certifies for Zero Waste

March 12, 2019

Cintas Corp.’s distribution center in Mason, OH, has received Platinum status under the Total Resource Use and Efficiency (TRUE) Zero Waste certification system administered by Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI).

The Mason facility, which had previously achieved Gold status in 2017, was recognized for meeting GBCI’s TRUE Zero Waste certification requirements for 12 consecutive months. The Mason distribution center is the seventh Cintas facility to achieve TRUE certification in the past five years.

Headquartered in Cincinnati, OH, Cintas Corp. provides uniforms and apparel, restroom supplies, and mats as well as first aid, document management, and fire protection services.

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