Tag: Human Health

Taking a Leadership Position on PFAS in Certified Products

Green Seal now prohibits all approximately 12,000 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in certified cleaning and personal care products, making Green Seal a leader in addressing these harmful “forever chemicals.”  Green Seal’s standards have long prohibited long-chain PFAS formally classified as hazardous. However, a growing body of evidence indicates that short-chain PFAS known as “safer

Prohibiting PFAS Chemicals

Update: On June 23, 2022, Green Seal issued nine standards with updated criteria to prohibit per-and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS). All documents on this criteria revision can be found in the PFAS Prohibition section of Green Seal’s Library of Standards Documents. Green Seal is proposing a new prohibition on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS,

Your Guide to VOCs in Paint and Cleaning Products

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are common indoor air pollutants that are frequently found in household products and can cause adverse health effects. Products certified to Green Seal standards must abide by strict limits to VOCs to protect human health. This post provides a quick overview of VOCs, how to choose healthier, greener products, and other

The Green Seal Compass: Protecting Human Health

This is part of a series of stories about Green Seal’s Compass. Read our introduction to the Compass here. Green Seal’s work follows a compass that focuses on four key targets: protecting human health, minimizing waste, ensuring clean water, and preserving the climate.  This compass keeps us focused on Green Seal’s priority impacts, ensuring that

CDC Confirms: Less is More When it Comes to Disinfecting

Last Summer, I warned of a dangerous trend of over-disinfecting buildings to reassure people about safety amid the pandemic – with minimal effectiveness at reducing virus spread and significant risks to people’s health from toxic chemicals.  Now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its guidance to confirm that regular cleaning is preferable to disinfecting most of the time.   When is disinfecting appropriate? The CDC now says to

Why We’re Certifying Safer Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers

Green Seal is now certifying hand sanitizers that meet the highest standard for safety and performance in the marketplace. With the COVID-19 pandemic spurring many first-time producers to enter the market, the FDA has warned consumers to avoid hundreds of hand sanitizers because of high levels of hazardous ingredients including methanol (wood alcohol) and the contaminant 1-propanol. 

A Trend in COVID-19 Cleaning Is Hazardous to Your Health

COVID-19 has precipitated a worrying cleaning trend that’s getting little airtime – excessive exposure to hazardous cleaning and disinfecting chemicals that itself can endanger health. To reassure people about the safety of indoor spaces during the pandemic, some workplaces are turning to unnecessary or even counterproductive cleaning and disinfection methods – a practice the Atlantic

Safer, Healthier Hand Sanitizers

Green Seal accepted comments on our proposed health-focused requirements for alcohol-based hand sanitizers during a public comment period from July 30 to August 13. Green Seal published final criteria in GS-41 Hand Cleaners and Hand Sanitizers for Industrial and Institutional Use and GS-44 Soaps, Cleaners, Hand Sanitizers and Shower Products.   Our Focus on Health Since entering

Interview from the Front Lines: Cleaning for COVID-19

With cleaning workers on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis, Green Seal caught up with Michael Doherty, president of BMS Building Maintenance Service, to learn how the industry-leading green cleaning company is approaching the challenges of operating during a pandemic.    Certified to Green Seal’s GS-42 commercial cleaning standard since 2014, BMS cleans more

Serving Our Stakeholders During the COVID-19 Health Crisis

Green Seal is closely monitoring developments regarding the novel coronavirus COVID-19, which was declared a national emergency by the White House and a pandemic by the World Health Organization. During this emerging and rapidly changing situation, we rely on the CDC for updated information as it becomes available.  Green Seal is committed to providing trusted