School should always be a safe and welcome place for children to learn. Every school day, more than 60 million students and staff walk into an educational facility where the indoor air quality (IAQ) affects their well being. Although it’s a silent and unseen culprit, poor IAQ results in an average of 14 million missed school days each year in the U.S. It is up to schools to introduce the proper products and procedures to ensure the healthiest and safest environment for those within the facility and minimize the negative impact of IAQ.
Did you know?
- 50 percent of all illnesses are caused or aggravated by poor IAQ
- 20 percent of all schools have problems linked to IAQ
- 3-7 percent of productivity on average is lost due to IAQ
Volatile organic compounds (VOC) are a leading cause of poor IAQ. VOCs evaporate at room temperature, releasing compounds into the air that are inhaled by students and staff. Multiple aspects within a facility can emit VOCs, including your everyday cleaning chemicals. In comparison, green cleaning products and processes are designed to create a healthier and safer environment for students and staff, while some are also designed to help reduce VOC emissions and improve air quality.
Healthy Schools Campaign (HSC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making schools healthier places for all students, including the improvement of IAQ. Diversey Care is proud to be a sponsor of the campaign’s resource website, GreenCleanSchools.org. Using the site, schools can search proper green cleaning products and procedures that can help improve your school’s overall environment and IAQ. Many Diversey products, all Green Seal, EcoLogo and/or GREENGUARD-certified are listed on GreenCleanSchools.org.
Diversey Care looks forward to helping HSC promote green cleaning in schools. In July, we will attend the first Green Clean Leadership Council Summit in Seattle, Wash. The two-day event will feature presentations and panel discussions on the future of green cleaning.
We’ll also be encouraging schools to apply for HSC’s Green Cleaning Award for Schools & Universities, which recognizes facilities for their dedication to environmentally friendly and safe cleaning practices. Many winners of this award have used Diversey Care solutions to enhance their green cleaning programs.
To learn more, visit www.GreenCleanSchools.org.