GS-
40

Floor-Care Products for Industrial and Institutional Use

The Green Seal Standard for Floor-Care Products for Industrial and Institutional Use, GS-40, establishes environmental requirements for floor strippers and floor finishes.

The standard includes product performance requirements and environmental and health requirements such as reduced human and aquatic toxicity and reduced volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The standard can serve as a tool to help companies begin to take action to improve their products and is available for Green Seal certification.

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standard revisions

Latest version: Edition 2.5, July 31, 2020

Recent Changes: GS-40 underwent corrections and/or clarifications and was re-published on July 26, 2023. For details on the non-substantive changes made to this standard, please see the Standard Documents Library.

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criteria that help preserve the climate
Many of the standards for human health, minimizing waste and ensuring clean water also help preserve the climate:

  • Content limits on volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
  • Prohibition on ozone-depleting compounds
  • Limit on phosphorus
  • Reduced/recycled packaging
Restrictions to prevent adverse health effects
Acute Toxicity (Oral) LD50 > 2,000 mg/kg
Acute Toxicity (Inhalation) LC50 > 20 mg/L
Skin and Eye Damage pH of > 2.0 but less than 11.5; Must not be corrosive to skin or eyes
Skin Sensitization Must not be a skin sensitizer
Ozone Depleting Compounds Cannot be intentionally added at any level
Volatile Organic Compounds VOC Content < level specified in CARB
Carcinogens Prohibited above 100ppm
Mutagens Prohibited above 100ppm
Reproductive Toxins Prohibited above 100ppm
Alkylphenol Ethoxylates Prohibited above 100ppm
Phthalates Prohibited above 100ppm and must not be intentionally added to packaging
Bisphenol A Must not be intentionally added to primary packaging
Chlorinated Materials Prohibited above 100ppm and must not be intentionally added to packaging
Chromium Prohibited above 100ppm and must not be intentionally added to packaging
Lead Prohibited above 100ppm and must not be intentionally added to packaging
Mercury Prohibited above 100ppm and must not be intentionally added to packaging
Cadmium Prohibited above 100ppm and must not be intentionally added to packaging
Arsenic Prohibited above 100ppm
Cobalt Prohibited above 100ppm
Nickel Prohibited above 100ppm
Selenium Prohibited above 100ppm
Zinc Prohibited above 100ppm
Restrictions to prevent adverse environmental effects
Acute Toxicity to Aquatic Life LC50 > 100mg/L for algae, daphnia, or fish
Aquatic Biodegradability Each organic ingredient must readily biodegrade
Eutrophication Sum of total phosphorus restricted to < 0.5%
Optical Brighteners Prohibited above 100ppm
restrictions to prevent packaging waste
Primary Packaging Must be either source-reduced, recyclable, contain at least 25% post-consumer material, or be a refillable package with an effective take-back program
Non-plastic Packaging Primary package must contain at least 25% post-consumer material, or be recyclable
Use Labeling Must have detailed instructions for proper use to minimize waste
Recycling Labeling Plastic packages must be marked with the appropriate Resin Identification Code and have clear instructions for disposal