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Identifying the Feasibility for Hospitals to Adopt Green Cleaning Practices

Health care facilities are duty-bound to treat the sick, and this requires an environment that is both pathogen free and aesthetically pleasing. To achieve this, hospitals have strict cleaning policies and procedures; however, it is now known that many common cleaners contain compounds that threaten the health and safety of patients, staff and visitors. Considering health care's ethical responsibilities, institutions in this sector should be leading the way on the use of sustainable, toxic-free cleaning solutions.

The Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care is looking to gain insights into what hospitals are doing in terms of buying green cleaning products. As partnership director for the Coalition, My Sustainable Canada is surveying health care facilities in Ontario and across Canada to gain insight into what is currently being done, and what can be done to reduce the presence of toxic compounds in hospital cleaning products. The results will help identify the opportunities for hospitals to switch to green cleaning products.