With the issuance of Executive Order 515, Establishing an Environmental Purchasing Policy for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, a Toxics Reduction Task Force was created to help transition state government cleaning operations from using conventional, more toxic cleaning chemicals to incorporating more environmentally preferable products as specified in the statewide contracts.
FAC59 was issued to offer a broad selection of environmentally preferable cleaning products, intended to replace the harsh chemical cleansers commonly used and includes environmentally preferable janitorial paper goods, entryway systems, equipment, trash liners, and specialty items/technologies.
The contract is a multi-state contract available to Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont.
Third Party Certified: All the green chemicals are required to be “Independently Third-Party Certified;” which means that the environmental claims as well as the product performance have been tested and certified by an established and legitimate, nationally-recognized certification program (the only chemicals without such certification are the disinfectants and various sanitizers, for which no certification is yet available). Contract users do not have to analyze technical data and they can be assured that the product will perform well.
Assistance: Vendors must be capable of assisting customers with the development and implementation of a green cleaning program based on the guidelines drawn from standards generated by both cleaning industry and independent janitorial cleaning certification organizations. Vendors are also prepared to provide guidance, training and relevant materials that will enable their customers to more easily make the transition to green cleaning products and practices and track their progress and success.
- FAC59 Contract User Guide (scroll to FAC59): This guide provides a general summary of the contract, outlines pricing/purchase options, includes a vendor list, and reviews benefits and cost savings associated with the contract.
- Approved Green Products List for FAC59 : This is an Approved List of Green Cleaning Products that contains all the products offered on the Massachusetts multi-state statewide contract FAC59: Green Cleaning Products, Programs, Equipment and Supplies. The purpose of this list is to assist users in finding and comparing green cleaning products, supplies, and equipment. NOTE: If there are any discrepancy in pricing between this list and the pricing indicated for a vendor on www.comm-pass.com, the Comm-PASS file takes precedence.
- FAC59 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) : This document provides answers to frequently asked questions about FAC59.
- Criteria for Disinfectants /Sanitizers (Non-Certified)for FAC59 : The FAC59 project management team identified several products Commonwealth customers may need to purchase, but do not have a third-party certification. The list includes criteria for such products that represent a lesser impact to public health and the environment, while ensuring efficacy and high performance.
Case Studies/Fact Sheets
- Soldiers Home : This case study reviews The Chelsea Soldiers Home success in using green cleaners.
- Cleaning The Bathrooms : This fact sheet was created by the Toxics Reduction Task Force for the purpose of providing clear and simple guidance as well as additional resources on cleaning and disinfecting restroom facilities.
- Cleaning for Healthy Schools: Infection Control Handbook (2010): This Handbook is designed to help develop and implement effective infection-control practices while minimizing the use of, and exposure to, toxic products. It is intended to be used by school personnel, including facility managers, head custodians, administrators, nurses, and purchasing agents, when customizing their school program. The handbook is a deliverable from a TURI Community Grant.
- Toxics Use Reduction Institute Green Cleaning Lab: The TURI Lab manages a diverse database of tested cleaning products and provides alternatives recommendations for safer cleaning.
- MA Department of Public Health: The Occupational Lung Disease Bulletin: Disinfecting Surfaces and Asthma reviews information about cleaning and disinfecting products, the differences between them, and the links to asthma.
- MA Asthma Action Partnership (MAAP): The Massachusetts Asthma Action Partnership (MAAP) is a program of Health Resources in Action (HRiA), whose mission is to reduce asthma health disparities and improve the quality of life for all people with asthma in the Commonwealth by coordinating statewide efforts.
- MA Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH): Through training, technical assistance and building community/labor alliances, MassCOSH mobilizes its members and develops leaders in the movement to end unsafe work conditions.