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MOC Presents Green Cleaning Workshop for Janitorial Companies

Attendees to Learn How to Find and Evaluate Safer Products

Fitchburg, Mass. – The Montachusett Opportunity Council’s green cleaning workshop on Tuesday, November 15, will feature speaker Jason Marshall, director of the Toxics Use Reduction Institute Laboratory at UMass Lowell, an expert on evaluating the performance of safer industrial and janitorial products.

He will discuss the environmental and health impacts of conventional cleaners, how to find safer cleaning products that work and how to get started implementing a green cleaning program.

All cleaning company owners, janitors and people who make decisions about building maintenance are invited to attend this free workshop from 3 to 5pm at the North Center Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce, 860 South Street, in Fitchburg.

“We have a tremendous opportunity to improve the health of our seniors, children and others who spend many hours in our public buildings,” said Donna Wysokenski, Lead Program Coordinator of the Montachusett Opportunity Council. “Plus, the people who do the cleaning will also benefit from not breathing in various toxics, usually in small unventilated spaces.”

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, cleaning products may contain chemicals associated with eye, skin, or respiratory irritation, or other human health issues. Concentrated forms of some commercial cleaning products are classified as hazardous.

The workshop is made possible with a grant from the Toxics Use Reduction Institute at UMass Lowell, www.turi.org.