EPA-sponsored Webinar: Green Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting in Early Care and Education (ECE) Settings

7/23/2013 from 1 – 2:30 ET

Child care professionals know how important regular cleaning is for maintaining attractive and healthful conditions in early learning environments. Cleaning has obvious aesthetic benefits. But it also has health benefits since cleaning, along with sanitizing and disinfecting, removes dust, allergens, toxic contaminants and infectious agents.

What you may not realize is that some cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting products pose significant health and environmental concerns and that some chemicals in these products are associated with eye, skin, and respiratory irritation, as well as other health issues. Concentrated forms of some commercial cleaning products are classified as hazardous, creating potential handling, storage, and disposal issues for users and exposure risk for children and staff.

Small children are particularly vulnerable to health effects from exposure to chemicals in cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting products because of their size, stage of development and behaviors.  But there are easy steps you can take to maintain a clean, sanitary and healthy child care while at the same time reducing exposure to harmful chemicals.

Please join us for a webinar on Green Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting in Early Care and Education Settings on July 23 at 1:00 – 2:30 Eastern. Reserve your spot now by visiting:https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/175606600 so you can learn how to implement a green cleaning program in your child care facility.

This webinar is sponsored by EPA’s Office of Children’s Health Protection and features three national experts who will provide information you can use to institute a green cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting program in early care and education centers you manage or oversee.

The panel discussion will include results of research on exposure to chemicals in child care settings and how these exposures can affect the health of staff and children.  It will also provide practical tips for instituting a green cleaning program in your ECE center drawing upon information contained in the soon-to-be  released Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting: A Toolkit for Early Care and Education” co-authored by the speakers. The Toolkit will be available online this summer at:

http://cerch.org/greencleaningtoolkit/

http://www.informedgreensolutions.org/?q=publications/green-cleaning-toolkit

Speakers:

Carol Westinghouse:  President of Informed Green Solutions and a nationally recognized specialist in green cleaning.   Ms. Westinghouse developed and manages a Cleaning for Health program that has provided technical assistance to hundreds of schools across New England as well as early care and education centers, colleges and universities, health care facilities, state agencies and businesses.  She has served as an advisor and consultant for numerous projects relating to green cleaning, including projects for the States of Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Maine and Rhode Island.  She has authored and co-authored numerous fact sheets and other guidance documents on green cleaning for schools and early care and education programs.

Vickie Leonard: Dr. Leonard is a nurse practitioner and is also a child care health consultant with a particular interest in environmental health in ECE. She worked for the California Childcare Health Program for 5 years until funding was cut in 2010. While at CCHP, Dr. Leonard developed the first Toolkit, Integrated Pest Management: A Toolkit for Early Care and Education. She now works for the University of California, San Francisco’s Institute on Health and Aging where she is the lead author of the new Green Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting Toolkit for Early Care and Education.

Asa Bradman:  Dr. Bradman is an environmental health scientist who focuses on exposures to pregnant women and children. He is a co-founder of the Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health (CERCH) at the University of California’s Berkeley campus and helps direct biomonitoring and exposure studies as part of the CHAMACOS partnership in the Salinas Valley, California. He leads the CERCH initiative to improve environmental health in California child care facilities. He was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to the Scientific Guidance Panel for the California Environmental Contaminant Biomonitoring Program and is a scientific advisor to the National Center for Healthy Homes, the California Child Care Health Program, the Children’s Environmental Health Network, and the US EPA Pesticide Program Dialogue Committee (PPDC)/21st Century Toxicology workgroup.

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