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Transitioning from traditional to green cleaners: an analysis of custodian and manager focus groups.

Authors
Simcox-N; Wakai-S; Welsh-L; Westinghouse-C; Morse-T
Source
New Solut 2012 Oct; 22(4):449-471
NIOSHTIC No.
20042164
Abstract
Custodians represent one of the largest occupational groups using cleaning agents, and yet their voices are infrequently heard in relation to the introduction of "green" cleaners and the laws regarding environmentally preferable products (EPP). This study reflects worker voices on use and effectiveness of chemicals, as well as incentives and obstacles for green cleaning programs. Sixty-four custodians and staff participated in 10 focus groups. Data were entered into Atlas Ti and the constant comparative method of qualitative data analysis was used to identify themes. Themes included satisfaction in a "well-done" job, more effort required for job, lack of involvement in EPP selection process, EPP's ease of use for workers with English as a Second Language (ESL), misuse of disinfectants, health complaints, and need for training. This study shows that custodians have a voice, and that improved communication and feedback among all the stakeholders are needed to make the transition to green cleaning more effective.
Keywords
Cleaning-compounds; Chemical-composition; Humans; Men; Women; Qualitative-analysis; Workers; Sociological-factors; Author Keywords: green cleaning; custodian; environmentally preferable products; substitution
CODEN
NESLES
Publication Date
20121001
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
nsimcox@u.washington.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2013
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R21-OH-009831
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
1048-2911
Source Name
New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy
State
CT
Performing Organization
University of Conneticut Schools of Medicine
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