HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Kids across the state are now all back in school. Another one of the signs of the changing season are the warnings about the cold and flu season ahead and that inevitably causes concern about the cleanliness of schools.
Connecticut is among the first states in the nation to require the use of ‘green cleaners’ in all schools and public buildings.
The law was passed by the General Assembly in 2009, and became effective in 2011 in an effort to protect the environment and the kids. “We’re trying to get across that regular cleaners have problems; like they can cause asthma attacks and they have toxic chemicals in them,” said Judy Prill, an Environmental Analyst at the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
To get the point across the Connecticut Department of Public Health and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection have produced an 8 minute ‘YouTube’ video explaining why the law is important and why no one is allowed to bring in their own cleaning products. Mary Sherwin of DEEP added that the law, “Prohibits teachers, parents, staff, anyone from bringing in non green cleaners, this is one of the main points we want to get across.”
And to assure parents that the green stuff works just as well as the the non green stuff the video shows a test of two products side by side on pieces of bathroom tile at a testing lab in Massachusetts.
Janitors still use disinfectants in the bathrooms and sanitizers in the kitchens. The video emphasizes that washing your hands for at least twenty seconds is always best way to reduce the spread of infections.
Watch the DEEP/DPH video here: