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How to Clean & Disinfect Your Workplace Using Safe Disinfectants

Posted by Barry Greenberg on Sun, Jan 26, 2014 @ 16:01 PM

95 Flu deaths - H1N1 (Swine Flu) is the prevalent strain this season (January 26, 2014)

Eight Flu deaths have been reported in Orange County, due to the resurgence of the H1N1 virus. 95 people throughout California have also died this season, with 50 new laboratory-confirmed influenza deaths reported, just last week.

Public health officials are urging people to become vaccinated. “So far, from what we’re seeing, it looks like a fairly severe flu season” said Dr. Matt Zahn, the Orange County medical director for epidemiology.

Zahn also said that the most serious illness has hit younger people. The likely reason the strain was less deadly for older adults is because they had greater immunity from previous exposure. (Between 1918 and 1957, all flu viruses that circulated, were in the H1N1 category.

In addition to vaccination, appropriate knowledge in sanitation is critical. Understand how to inhibit the growth of bacteria. The following will outline: How to Clean and Disinfect Your Work Place in Order to Help Slow the Spread of Flu.

Chemex Industries, Inc. offers the “Clean & Healthy Seminar”, to amplify these procedures.

Improper measures lead to cross-contamination, unnecessary infection, waste, additional labor, expense & much more.

Understanding How to Clean and Disinfect Your Work Place, In Order to Help Slow the Spread of Flu

Cleaning and disinfecting are part of a broad approach to preventing infectious diseases in the workplace. To help slow the spread of influenza (flu), the first line of defense is getting vaccinated. Other measures include covering coughs and sneezes, washing hands, and keeping sick people away from others. Below are tips on how to slow the spread of flu, specifically through cleaning and disinfecting.

1. Know the difference between cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing

Cleaning removes germs, dirt, and impurities from surfaces or objects. Cleaning works by using soap (or detergent) and water to physically remove germs from surfaces. This process does not necessarily kill germs, but by removing them, it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.

Disinfecting kills germs on surfaces or objects. Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces or touch points. You must be able to pre-clean the area prior to disinfecting, unless you utilize a product that incorporates both actions. By killing and removing germs (pathogens) on a surface, you can further lower the risk of spreading infection.

Sanitizing lowers the number of germs on surfaces or objects to a safe level, as judged by public health standards or requirements. This process works by either cleaning or disinfecting surfaces or objects to lower the risk of spreading infection.

2. Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are touched often

Follow your standard procedures, for routine cleaning and disinfecting. Typically, this means daily sanitizing surfaces and objects that are touched often, such as desks, countertops, doorknobs, computer keyboards, hands-on learning items, faucet handles, phones, etc. Many industries also require daily disinfecting these items. Standard procedures often call for disinfecting specific areas of the building, e.g. Bathrooms.

Immediately clean surfaces and objects that are visibly soiled. If surfaces or objects are soiled with body fluids or blood, use gloves and other standard precautions to avoid coming into contact with the fluid. Remove the spill, according to OSHA specifics and then clean and disinfect the surface. (The Chemex “Clean & Healthy Seminar” provides annual certification, as required by OSHA for Bloodborne pathogens)

3. Simply do routine cleaning and disinfecting

It’s important to match your cleaning and disinfecting activities to the types of germs you want to remove or kill. Most studies have shown that the flu virus can live and potentially infect a person for only 2 to 8 hours after being deposited on a surface. Therefore, it is not necessary to close a business to clean or disinfect every surface in the building, to slow the spread of flu. Also, if employees are dismissed because the business cannot function normally (e.g., high absenteeism during a flu outbreak), it is not necessary to do extra cleaning and disinfecting.

Flu viruses are relatively fragile, so standard cleaning and disinfecting practices are sufficient to remove or kill them. Special cleaning and disinfecting processes, including wiping down walls and ceilings, frequently using room air deodorizers, and fumigating, are not necessary or recommended. These processes can irritate eyes, noses, throats, and skin; aggravate asthma; and cause other serious side effects.

4. Clean and disinfect correctly

Always follow label directions on cleaning products and disinfectants. The ideal procedure is to utilize a safe disinfectant, which will clean & disinfect in one-step. “RX-44 ACE” is such a product and does not require a rinse. Read the label to make sure it states that EPA has approved the product for its effectiveness against influenza “A” virus.                              RX 44 ACE, kills canine parvo, kills ca mrsa,

If the surface is visibly dirty, you must repeat the process, using an EPA-registered product that both cleans (removes germs) and disinfects (kills germs). Please be aware that disinfection usually requires the product to remain on the surface for a certain period of time.

Use disinfecting wipes on electronic items that are touched often, such as phones and computers. Pay close attention to the directions for using disinfecting wipes. It may be necessary to use more than one wipe to keep the surface wet for the stated length of contact time. Make sure that the electronics can withstand the use of liquids for cleaning and disinfecting.

Routinely wash eating utensils in a dishwasher or by hand with soap and water. Wash and dry bed sheets, towels, and other linens as you normally do with household laundry soap, according to the fabric labels. Eating utensils, dishes, and linens used by sick persons do not need to be cleaned separately, but they should not be shared unless they've been washed thoroughly. Wash your hands with soap and water after handling soiled dishes and laundry items.

5. Use products safely

Pay close attention to hazard warnings and directions on product labels. Cleaning products and disinfectants often call for the use of gloves or eye protection. For example, gloves should always be worn to protect your hands when working with any bleach solution.

Do not mix cleaners and disinfectants unless the labels indicate it is safe to do so. Combining certain products (such as chlorine bleach and ammonia cleaners) can result in serious injury or death.

Ensure that custodial staff and other employees, who use cleaners and disinfectants, read and understand all instruction labels and understand safe and appropriate use. This might require that instructional materials and training be provided.

6. Handle waste properly

Follow your building’s standard procedures for handling waste, which should include wearing gloves. Place no-touch waste baskets where they are easy to use. Throw disposable items used to clean surfaces and items in the trash immediately after use. Avoid touching used tissues and other waste when emptying waste baskets. Wash your hands with soap and water after emptying waste baskets and touching used tissues and similar waste.

The material listed is also appropriate for Cleaning & Disinfecting Schools & Classrooms, as outlined by CDC.

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Safe Disinfectant to Combat a New SARS-Type Virus

Posted by Barry Greenberg on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 @ 18:09 PM
From Reuters Health Information- By Kate Kelland

Sep 24 - A Qatari man struck down with a previously unknown coronavirus related to the virus associated with the SARS outbreak of 2002 is critically ill in hospital in Britain, the World Health Organisation said on Monday.

The U.N. health body put out a global alert on Sunday about the 49-year-old man who had recently travelled to Saudi Arabia - where it said a second patient with an almost identical virus had already died.

A senior British health official said there was no immediate cause for concern although experts were watching out for any signs of the virus spreading.

Any suggestions of a link between the virus and Saudi Arabia will cause particular concern in the build-up to next month's Muslim haj pilgrimage, when millions of people arrive in the kingdom from across the world, then return to their homes.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that includes causes of the common cold but can also include more severe illness such as the virus responsible for SARS, or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, which appeared in China in 2002 and infected more than 8,000 people worldwide, killing around 800 of them before being brought under control.

"This is now an international issue because we have a case in the UK and one in Saudi," WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said.

"The (Qatari) patient is still alive but, as we understand, in critical condition," he said.

The Qatari man first showed symptoms of an acute respiratory infection and kidney failure while he was in Qatar, the WHO said.

He spent some time in intensive case in Qatar and was later flown to the UK where he was being treated in a London hospital, said authorities, declining to say which one.

Laboratory tests on the Qatari man showed his virus was almost identical to one that killed a Saudi patient earlier this year, the WHO said. The Saudi man's virus was not identified as a new kind of infection at the time of his death.


The WHO said it was in touch with health authorities in Britain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and at the Stockholm-based European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

"We're asking for information from whoever might have seen such cases, but as of the moment we haven't had any more notifications of cases," said Hartl.

Britain's Health Protection Agency (HPA) said it had conducted lab testing on Qatari case and found a 99.5% match to a virus that killed a 60-year-old Saudi national earlier this year.

"This new virus ... is different from any that have previously been identified in humans," the HPA said.

John Watson, head of the HPA's respiratory diseases department, added there was no evidence of ongoing transmission.

"In the light of the severity of the illness that has been identified in the two confirmed cases, immediate steps have been taken to ensure that people who have been in contact with the UK case have not been infected, and there is no evidence to suggest they have," added Watson

Peter Openshaw, director of the Centre for Respiratory Infection at Imperial College London said virus was unlikely to prove a major concern and experts hoped the two cases would turn out to be "just a highly unusual presentation of a generally mild infection".

The HPA is not recommending any specific action for members of the public or tourists and travellers, but said it would issue further advice as more information became available.


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MRSA & Treatment - Skin Infections – (CA MRSA)

Posted by Barry Greenberg on Wed, Sep 19, 2012 @ 22:09 PM

The truth about methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) may surprise you. MRSA is a type of bacteria that causes skin and other kinds of infections. Sometimes called “the superbug,” MRSA is resistant to certain antibiotics, but several antibiotics still work. And many times, antibiotics aren’t even needed -- doctors are often able to treat MRSA skin infections by simply draining them.

Because skin infections caused by MRSA are increasing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched a new campaign to educate families about MRSA. Although most of these skin infections are mild, some infections may become life-threatening. There are a few simple steps you can take to protect yourself and your family from MRSA skin infections.

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Step 1: Know the signs and symptoms of MRSA and get treatment early

A staph skin infection, including one caused by MRSA, usually appears as a bump or infected area on the skin that may be red, swollen, painful, warm to the touch or full of pus or other drainage. It is especially important to contact your health care provider if these signs and symptoms are accompanied by a fever.

Step 2: Keep cuts and scrapes clean and covered

Keeping cuts and scrapes covered will help prevent spreading bacteria to others. If you think the area is infected, contact your healthcare provider and follow their instructions about proper care of the infection. Be sure to discard used bandages in the trash.

Step3: Encourage good hygiene such as cleaning hands regularly

Bacteria and other germs are often spread from person to person by direct contact – mostly by our hands. Clean your hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub, especially after changing a bandage or touching infected skin.

Step 4: Disinfect, Disinfect, Disinfect…

Maintain an ongoing protocol of disinfection with a product such as “RX 44 ACE” that has the MRSA claim, among many others. Diluting 2 oz. per gallon of “RX 44 ACE” and applying it to floors, walls and other surfaces will help eradicate this superbug. A Ready-to Use disinfectant such as “RX-75” allows quick and easy spray and wipe on sinks, tubs, desk and tables, as well as “touch points”: light switches, door handles, wheels on carts, mop buckets and other equipment that travels throughout the facility. Always read technical data on these products to know the kill claims offered by the disinfectant and the dwell time necessary, usually found on the efficacy sheets.

Step 4: Discourage sharing of personal items such as towels and razors

Avoid sharing personal items such as towels, washcloths, razors, or clothing that may have had contact with infected skin or soiled bandages. Wash sheets, towels, and clothes with water and laundry detergent. Water temperatures for household laundry depend on the type of fiber or fabric of the clothing. In general, wash and dry in the warmest temperatures recommended on the clothing label. Use a clothes dryer to dry clothes completely.

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Preventing the Spread of Infection in the Health Care Industry

Posted by Barry Greenberg on Wed, Sep 12, 2012 @ 17:09 PM
Preventing infection is of primary concern in the healthcare industry. With frequent cases such as the whooping cough, skin infections, MRSA and countless others, hospitals and health care clinics must find ways to prevent the spread of infection. One solution to help solve the problem of spreading bacteria (cross-contamination) is applying an anti microbial coating to surfaces and other areas, which commonly come in contact with the public. This protective coating comprises microscopic spikes, that help mechanically destroy microbes that are a threat to human health.

When microbes spread, people try to combat these germs by applying chemicals or poison on surfaces, that will hopefully kill the bacteria. While this may work for the time being, it may not be as effective as the anti microbial coating offered in products such as BioProtect. Poison may kill some microbes but over time, these germs become “superbugs.” Superbugs advance and mutate when microbes have grown accustomed to a poison, so that the toxicity of the poison no longer affects them. The best solution in preventing the intensification of superbugs, is to mechanically fight them with these microscopic spikes. As terrifying infections such as the whooping cough are becoming more prevalent, combating these germs is vital to our health.

With BioProtect, medical and healthcare facilities can protect patients and personnel,  from the spread of infections. The last place an individual wants to catch an infection in is at a hospital. Applying BioProtect on areas where people constantly traverse and to "touch points"—door knobs, counter tops, medical equipment, etc.—can kill the microbes that come into contact with it. BioProtect has microscopic spikes that can help eliminate pathogens, by piercing through the cell walls of the microbe. Instead of poison which microbes can develop a resistance to, BioProtect uses a chain of tiny spikes that will kill these germs.

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Unlike other products, BioProtect forms a bond with the surface. This anti microbial coating will fight off unwanted germs that can easily spread the whooping cough, skin infections, malodors and other bacteria. By applying BioProtect on porous or non-porous surfaces, the active ingredients in the solution work to fight off microorganisms that come into contact with the surface. The product is odorless and colorless, allowing it to be invisible to the human eye but deadly to microbes.

 Fight off health-threatening infections, such as the whooping cough and the E.Coli virus, by applying BioProtect to the areas where human are subject to contamination. The anti microbial coating this product offers can help prevent future infections, while keeping the health industry environment free of germs. Hospitals and health care clinics are primary areas where hygiene is the number one priority; this can only be realized if microbes are destroyed and eliminated.

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Biostatic Surface Protectant -"BioProtect" AntiMicrobial Protectant

Posted by Barry Greenberg on Tue, Sep 11, 2012 @ 23:09 PM

"BioProtect" is an EPA registered antimicrobial protection for use in medical, schools, offices, animal care and other areas where odor causing bacteria, mold, E. coli, Salmonella & other bacteria is of concern.

BioProtect is a water based product that coats surfaces, both porous and non porous, to provide a long-lasting, highly durable, antimicrobial protection.

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BioProtect will protect a wide array of bacteria including: mold, mildew, algae, and yeast.

BioProtect acts like a bed of microscopic spikes that pierce the cell walls of microbes. BioProtect is a totally new approach to providing long lasting Antimicrobial Protection. BioProtect is unique. One end of its molecule creates a strong bond with a multitude of surfaces, both porous and non-porous, forming a highly durable protective coating. The other end of the molecule forms a microscopic bed of spikes that punctures microbes like a bed of nails. BioProtect physically ruptures the cell walls of these microbes, without the use of poisons. Since BioProtect’s methodology is mechanical instead of a poison, it does not create “superbugs”, which are microbes that build up a resistance to treatment.

BioProtect molecular spikes are long chains of atoms that are large enough to pierce the cell walls of various microbes. Being only about one thousandth the diameter of a human hair,

they are too small to harm large cells in mammals. These chains of atoms carry a strong positive charge that attracts negatively charged bacteria. BioProtect has been found in independent

testing to be effective against a wide array of microbes, including Staphylococcus aureus, E. coli, various Salmonella strains, black mold, athlete’s foot, Influenza A, skin infections, and others.  See more information at:


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When applied to a surface or incorporated into a material, Bio-Protect creates a Micro-biostatic Antimicrobial Coating on the surface that inhibits odor causing bacteria, mold and mildew.

The Micro-biostatic Antimicrobial Coating forms a protective surface protectant by forming a nano bed of spikes that disrupts the microorganism's membrane resulting in the loss of energy in the microbe and its demise.  This new technology provides a perfect approach to inhibiting microorganisms without the use of unsafe heavy metals or poisons.  This mode of action is entirely distinctive, compared to other antimicrobials.

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C. Diff Infections Reach All-Time High

Posted by Barry Greenberg on Mon, Jul 30, 2012 @ 13:07 PM

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has reported that Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infections have reached an all-time high. In fact C. diff is linked to roughly 14,000 deaths between 2006 and 2007, up from the 3,000 deaths between 1999 and 2000.

"C. diff", is a species of Gram-positive bacteria of the genus Clostridium that causes severe diarrhea and other intestinal disease when competing bacteria in the gut flora have been wiped out by antibiotics.

Clostridia are anaerobic, spore-forming rods (bacilli).C. difficile is the most serious cause of antibiotic-associated diarrhea (AAD) and can lead to pseudo membranous colitis, a severe inflammation of the colon, often resulting from eradication of the normal gut flora by antibiotics.

Patients in medical facilities are at the most risk for infection. According to the CDC, 25% of C. diff infections first appear in hospitalized patients, while 75 % occur either in nursing homes residents or in people recently treated in doctors offices or clinics.

C. difff spreads in two ways. Sometimes doctors use broad-spectrum antibiotics when they're not necessary, killing not only the bacteria they target but healthy bacteria in the intestines that keep C. diff at bay. The second route is the easy spread of C. diff spores from infected patients through fecal contamination. The hard-to-kill spores are carried, often by hospital personnel, from bathroom fixtures to light switches, doorknobs, bedrails and other high-touch surfaces.

Effective cleaning is a key solution. The use of disinfectants that kill C. diff spores and new cleaning methods, such as ultraviolet lights or vaporized chemicals, can prevent its spread. At the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., daily cleaning of all high touch surfaces in rooms with disinfectant wipes cut infection rates by more than 30% in two units with the highest incidence of C. diff.

What's particularly problematic, is that hand washing and many disinfectants and sanitizers being used, including hand sanitizers, do NOT kill C. diff.

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Eco Friendly Cleaning. Some pertinent info.

Posted by Barry Greenberg on Thu, Jul 19, 2012 @ 13:07 PM


It is quite confusing to determine what constitutes “green” these days…
Questions emerge like:
What criteria do we need to follow?
What constitutes “green”?
When are we required to implement these programs?
Who sets the standards?

In October 1993 President Clinton issued Executive Order 12873, known as Federal Acquisition, Recycling, and Waste Prevention. The purpose of this order was to more effectively utilize the vast purchasing power of the government to procure products that are environmentally preferable. By acting "as an enlightened, environmentally conscious and concerned consumer," the federal government would be able to maximize recycling and encourage development of markets for environmentally friendly products which would benefit the economy and the environment.
In short, Executive Order 12783 required federal agencies to identify and purchase products that had reduced human health and safety impacts, as well as products preferable for the environment.

Nearly 20 years later, we are still fumbling to comprehend the green standard.


There are many agencies that certify products based on their set of criteria/standards.
“Green Seal” is one well-known name. “GS-37” is Green Seal’s environmental standard for cleaning and degreasing agents. 
EPA's "DfE" (Design for the Environment) program uses their chemical assessment tools and expertise to inform substitution to safer chemistries. "DfE" focuses on industries that combine the potential for chemical risk reduction and improvements in energy efficiency with a strong motivation to make lasting, positive changes.
Eco Logo is another widely recognized and respected certification of environmental leadership. By setting standards and certifying products in more than 120 categories, EcoLogo helps identify, environmentally preferable (“green”) goods and services
Greenstar is an independent not-for-profit organization.  Its purpose is to achieve a cleaner, healthier and sustainable world through the identification and promotion of products that are produced and used in an environmentally sound manner. 

The CRI, “Carpet & Rug Institute”, also has a certification process.
Confusing, right??

There's even more confusion, when using 100% renewable & bio-degradable products, and you're eligible for LEED-EB certification, and attempting to comprehend the point system.

Our goal at Chemex is to offer products which are superior from an environmental and health & safety perspective.
These are products that:
            Will compete with conventional products on both performance and price
            Are safer for both the user and the workplace environment
            Will clean our world without harming Nature’s balance

Green Cleaning in Schools & the Workplace:

With large groups of children, confined to areas, including classrooms, cafeterias and auditoriums, the likelihood of spreading disease is much greater. Hard surfaces including floors, walls, desks, tables, door knobs, light switches, and carpeted areas, become a breeding ground for bacteria & viruses. The extent to which disease can spread is directly related to the level of cleanliness. Both schools and the workplace, with their focus on creating a healthier environment, are successfully employing "green" cleaning chemicals along with proven procedures, to maintain a high degree of hygiene and to eliminate cross contamination.

This endeavor has been shown to reduce absenteeism both on the job and in the classroom.

Training is instrumental in the development of a green program and Chemex has the most complete product listing and training seminars in place. Call us for more information or to schedule a seminar.


Some newer areas of green cleaning products include: safe disinfectants, carpet stain removers, grout cleaning, upholstery cleaners, odor removal and cooling water chemicals.

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Disinfect for Flu Season - Pandemic Flu Preparation

Posted by Barry Greenberg on Sat, Feb 11, 2012 @ 22:02 PM
With the flu season upon us, it is important for all healthcare and public facilities, to be prepared to deal with the issues of cross contamination. Chemex Industries, Inc. offers a number of disinfectants to solve a variety of potential health care issues. Protecting against disease is not just a matter of using a “general” disinfectant. It involves a complete maintenance protocol, using the proper surface disinfectants for floors, walls, countertops, equipment and all washable surfaces harboring bacteria, viruses, fungus & mold. Additionally, procedural knowledge is critical in order to maintain a safe and healthy environment.

Please contact Chemex, at 714-832-8441 to learn more about disinfecting and protection against cross contamination. We provide onsite seminars.

Our disinfectants are the safest, the most modern and most effective.

Insist on the following kill claims when you choose your disinfectant products:

  • Acinetobacter Baumannii

  • ESBL

  • E-COLI

  • Salmonella

  • Staph

  • VRE


  • HIV

  • Avian Influenza

  • Canine Parvo Virus

  • Avian Influenza

  • Hepatitis B (HBV) & Hepatitis  C (HCV)

For optimum Safety, Select a Neutral Disinfectant Cleaner, with a minimum dilution of 2 oz. per gallon, to ensure proper cleaning efficacy.

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Safe Disinfectants. Are You Really Disinfecting?

Posted by Barry Greenberg on Thu, Feb 2, 2012 @ 23:02 PM
Regrettably, many people placed in charge of safely disinfecting hospitals, schools, nursing homes, office and commercial buildings are missing the mark. Resulting cross-contamination causes chronic illness and even death.
Its everyone's intention to provide a safe and healthy environment. The challenge is to receive, understand and utilize proper training in disinfecting our surfaces; unfortunately, there's rampant misinformation and an absence of  skilled instruction, regarding disinfectants and disinfecting. -Are buyers procuring the appropriate product? Do custodial people appreciate and understand dwell times necessary to completely eradicate pathogenic bacteria? Most systems currently in place are not working!
How else can you account for the rate of nosocomial (secondary infections) incidents in our hospitals. Improper mopping methods/procedures are considered a leading source of CA MRSA.
Use Safe Disinfectants  Combined with sloppy and inappropriate execution, its no wonder that a health care facility is no place for a sick individual.
(Have you ever seen the inside of a janitors closet.)
Using the best product available with improper procedures will result in a failure to disinfect. Using correct tools and procedures and the wrong disinfectant for the application, will also result in failure...
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Shades of Green - Part 3 - Green Cleaning Chemicals

Posted by Barry Greenberg on Fri, Dec 23, 2011 @ 16:12 PM

Is there a difference between "green" and "biobased"?

We’ve evolved from an extensive period, utilizing chlorinated solvents to strip away grease, tar, fats, grime etc. from surfaces. I can recall maintenance personnel, washing their hands in the parts dip tank. No wonder there was a discoloration of their skin, the area of their arm, from their biceps down through their fingers, that were submerged in the solvent.

These solvents contributed to poor and dangerous indoor air quality as well as damaging the ozone level. Needless to say it was harmful to skin, respiratory (inhalation toxicity) and to many surfaces.

Our “Shades of Green” Report details the confusion end users face while trying to comply with the mandated legislation, related to green cleaning. This portion of our report will explain “Green” and “Biobased”.

Understanding the term “GREEN”:

A green chemical is a product that has a lesser or reduced impact on human health and the environment when compared with competing products that serve the same purpose. Be aware of the VOC's (volatile organic compounds) contained in the product. The EPA regulates VOC's in the air, water and land. OSHA regulates VOC exposure in the workplace. Volatile organic compounds that are considered hazardous material, would be regulated by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration while being transported. In California, the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) provides a list of CAS (Clean Air Solvents), by manufacturer. Chemex Industries, Inc. is proud to be included in this listing of safe products, based on low our levels of VOC's.

As outlined in Part 1 of this communication, third party certifications, such as DfE and Green Seal, test and evaluate skin and inhalation toxicity levles for product use.

Understanding the term "BIOBASED":

The term ‘‘biobased product’’ means a product determined by the Secretary of Agriculture to be a commercial or industrial product (other than food or feed) that is composed, in whole or in significant part, of biological products or renewable domestic agricultural materials (including plant, animal, and marine materials) or forestry materials OR an intermediate feedstock. Some examples of agricultural resources that make up many biobased products include: soybeans, corn, kenaf, flax, jute, and numerous other types of crops that are harvested. Current applications of these agricultural resources create products such as ethanol (corn-based), soy candles, soy-based lubricants, kenaf office paper, and bioplastics to name a few. These ingredients are environmentally safer, increase rural economic development, foster domestic production of resources and reduce U.S. dependency on imported products, such as foreign oil. This helps alleviate the consumption of resources that harm the environment in terms of biodegrability, toxicity, and pollution.

Please recognize that biobased products are benficial because they use renewable resources in place of the limited supply of oil. BUT, biobased is not necessarily green. Unlike green chemicals, biobased chemicals do not currently qualify for LEED certification points.

The USDA Bio Preferred Program program is in place to promote the increased purchase and use of biobased products.

Not all green chemicals are biobased, nor are all biobased chemicals considered green. But there is an ovelap between the two. Choosing a product that meets both criteria sound like your best bet.

For more help and for reference materials, please contact Barry Greenberg, at Chemex Industries, Inc.


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