Could conventional cleaning products pose a health risk?

September 25th, 2012 Category: Office Cleaning

When we think of work-related illnesses, we tend to think of things like repetitive strain injury or maybe something more extreme like asbestos poisoning.

But even the most mundane aspects of your working environment could create health problems. For instance, traditional cleaning products are often filled with chemicals, and it's difficult to know if an employee could react badly to them.

The issue of potentially harmful substances being present in cleaning products that are routinely used in the home has just been flagged up by the Mirror.

Indeed, the newspaper has suggested that only those items that are made from natural ingredients should be used.

It's therefore probably a good idea to consider whether the same principle should apply in the workplace, as you don't want key members of staff suffering health problems because of chemical-based cleaners.

Perhaps the easiest way to avoid this problem is to bring in office cleaners who are known to have a strong environmental focus.

Since they commit to using chemical-free products as part of a wider green agenda, employers can also be confident their staff won't be exposed to harmful toxins and allergens.

The Mirror noted that people in the UK now spend about 90 per cent of their lives indoors. This, it stated, means Britons need to be mindful of anything that could lead to illness or death in an enclosed space.

Readers were advised of a recent study by the University of California, which found a lack of adequate ventilation can lead to problems if cleaning products with toxic pollutants are used.

Air fresheners were also identified as a potential hazard by the Mirror. The publication cited recent comments from Professor Lynn Hildemann of Stanford University to back up this point, as she has noted they can "react with ozone in the air".

This can lead to formaldehyde being formed and "ultra-fine particles" collecting in a person's lungs.

It just goes to show that even those areas you can easily overlook can pose dangers and offer room for improvement.