ECSU Environmental Services

Going Green Cleaning Policy

Elizabeth City State University Building Environmental Services Department acknowledges that many cleaning products contain chemicals that pose a hazard to human health and the environment. Elizabeth City State University Building Environmental Services Department is committed to reducing the negative impacts associated with the storage, handling, and use of cleaning chemicals through the implementation of a the purchase and use of "green" cleaning products, proper storage and dilution procedures that limit or prevent contact with chemicals, and training for building environmental services staff.

Mat System
In an effort to reduce the amount of debris, soil, and other contaminants entering the building from the outside, an entryway mat system will be used at all high-volume building entrances. An effective mat system and maintenance program will dramatically reduce the amount of soil and moisture that gets tracked into the building and the related costs of removing them.

Cleaning Equipment Criteria
Vacuum cleaners will meet the requirements of the Carpet & Rug Institute "Green Label" Testing Program - Vacuum Cleaner Criteria and are capable of capturing 96% of particulates 0.3 microns in size and operate with a sound level less than 70 A-weighted decibels (dBA).

Powered maintenance equipment including floor buffers, burnishes, and automatic scrubbers are equipped with vacuums, guards, and/or other devices for capturing fine particulates, and shall operate with a sound level less than 70 dBA.

Water extraction equipment for deep-cleaning carpets is capable of removing sufficient moisture so that carpets can dry in less than 24 hours.

Equipment has rubber bumpers to reduce potential damage to building surfaces.

Storage: Cleaning products will be purchased in concentrated form (where available) and stored in a locked steel cabinet accessible only to trained maintenance personnel. As needed, the chemicals will be moved from the locked storage area to the appropriate janitorial closets located throughout the building, where they will be dispensed through the Automatic Dispensing Unit. This unit eliminates leaks, spills, and inaccuracies in dilution, therefore lowering personnel exposure to, and waste of, the chemical concentrates. Only trained personnel will have access to the Automatic Dispensing Units.

General Guidelines

  1. Obtain all tools, supplies, and cleaning solutions needed for each task from janitorial closet before beginning each cleaning task.
  2. Restock janitorial closets at the end of each work week (Friday, done by day or night shift)
  3. Refilling of the Automatic Dispensing Units will be done as needed. Only trained individuals will refill the Units. Units will remain locked after bottle change.
  4. Proper gloves and safety glasses must be worn when using cleaning solutions.
  5. Gloves also must be worn when handling trash.

The Facilities Department will maintain records on all cleaning chemicals and janitorial products purchased and stored within the building. A copy of the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs) on all cleaning chemicals will be maintained in the Building Environmental Services office and in the MSDS Book across from the storeroom.