Meeting a Critical Need for Healthier Spaces
Protecting public health amid the COVID-19 pandemic has precipitated stringent new routines in hand hygiene and facility care. Stakeholders in Green Seal’s community, including cleaning product manufacturers, cleaning service providers, and facility managers, have been working diligently in unprecedented conditions to aid the response to the COVID-19 global health emergency.
Green Seal recognizes that hand sanitizers are a critical tool for health protection. To support the production of healthier hand sanitizers and to support simple purchasing choices for building managers, cleaning service providers, purchasers, and consumers seeking products that have undergone a third-party review based on health and performance criteria, Green Seal is developing requirements to allow hand sanitizers to achieve Green Seal certification.
As of May 18, 2020, Green Seal has initiated standard development for hand sanitizers within two categories: (1) alcohol-based hand sanitizers for household use and (2) alcohol-based hand sanitizers for professional use.
Green Seal will incorporate these requirements into its existing standards for hand cleaners and soaps.
The hand sanitizer criteria will prioritize public health protections by setting meaningful requirements around safer, healthier product ingredients. As with all Green Seal standards, the criteria will include performance requirements to provide purchasers and consumers with confidence that the product works as expected.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
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- Share Your Expertise: Book a meeting with us to provide technical or market input.
- Get Your Product Certified: Submit your expression of interest in getting your hand sanitizer Green Seal certified once the criteria are finalized. We will also keep you updated on the project’s progress.
Green Seal Certified Hand Sanitizers
Green Seal currently certifies more than 450 products for healthy green buildings, including hand hygiene products. Developing requirements for hand sanitizers has been on Green Seal’s docket and is now our highest priority due to the important role these products play in protecting public health and preventing the spread of pathogens.
Green Seal has heard and observed strong interest from consumers, institutional purchasers, and building managers in hand sanitizers to protect spaces such as schools, childcare centers, workplaces, and grocery stores. As buildings re-open and hand hygiene remains essential to combat the spread of COVID-19, Green Seal certification will provide a simple way to identify healthier and high-performance hand hygiene products.
Green Seal implements best practices in standard development, including an open, transparent process that includes rigorous and extensive stakeholder engagement of manufacturers, product users, and public interest.
To promote the rapid entry of certified hand sanitizers into the market in response to the COVID-19 health emergency, Green Seal is implementing a condensed criteria development process that is firmly grounded in standard development best practices. We will conduct outreach to stakeholders throughout June and anticipate publishing the Proposed Criteria for Hand Sanitizers for a 15-day public comment period in July. As always, Green Seal is committed to maintaining an open dialogue with all stakeholders in regard to the development of the requirements for hand sanitizers, in line with our principle of continuous improvement.
DRAFT CRITERIA UNDER CONSIDERATION
The requirement categories under consideration for hand sanitizers already are incorporated in Green Seal’s Foundational Criteria, which have undergone extensive public comment during other Green Seal standard development projects over the past decade.
Examples of these requirements include the prohibitions and restrictions on carcinogens, mutagens, reproductive toxins, asthmagens, skin irritants and sensitizers, as well as requirements for biodegradability and packaging.