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Pinnacle PSG has installed the chemical-free lotus®

The use of chemical cleaning products in schools has increased dramatically over the past 20 years. There is a now a culture amongst facilities managers, cleaners and staff at these institutions that to reach the required standards of attractive, sanitised and healthy conditions, chemical-based cleaning products that have a lasting and perceived ‘clean smell’ are necessary. Yet, the risks for children associated with exposure to the chemicals used in cleaning products are either ignored or unknown.

A 2005 study conducted by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency found that children are 10 times more susceptible to the risks associated with many of the carcinogenic agents found in common chemical cleaning products. Early-life exposure to chemicals used in cleaning products also potentially leads to a multitude of complications ranging from stunted immune system development and hormonal abnormalities to more frequent cell division and unrepaired DNA damage.

These results represent a serious cause for concern for facilities managers and cleaning professionals who use chemical cleaning products in schools. The study highlights how imperative it is to explore alternative chemical free cleaning solutions in order to reduce childhood exposure to potential harmful cleaning chemicals.

One such alternative is Aqueous Ozone, which has been described as nature’s chemical-free cleaner and is created by electrically charging ordinary tap water, transforming the O2

the ability to clean at the same to O3 56 | TOMORROW’S FM . Aqueous ozone has PRO

cleaning solution in 13 Yorkshire schools, to reduce the risks associated with exposing children to cleaning chemicals.

level of chemical cleaning products whilst representing none of the detrimental costs that come with them. It delivers up to a 99.999% pathogen reduction with little contact time thanks to the oxidising force of ozone. As ozone molecules make contact with the pathogen cells they create tiny holes in the cell wall. After only a few seconds, the bacterial wall can no longer maintain its shape and the cell dies, removing harmful and dangerous germs on a wide variety of surfaces.





In addition to its cleaning qualities, Aqueous Ozone is totally chemical- free and is also environmentally risk-free when being disposed of. Once used it safely reverts back into ordinary water and oxygen. The solution that is left can then be poured away. This represents a significant benefit for cleaning professionals when cleaning in schools. With Aqueous Ozone, there is no lasting harmful residue left on the ‘cleaned’

surface as well as no potential harmful chemical solutions being left in mop buckets or spray guns.

Sean Hancock, Contract Manager at Pinnacle PSG, has overseen the introduction of lotus®

PRO cleaning

system that produces stabilised Aqueous Ozone into 13 schools across Yorkshire. “There is evidence that exposure to chemical cleaning products is potentially unsafe for both cleaning professionals and children. By using Aqueous Ozone for our cleaning needs we have increased the safety for not only the children who attend these schools, but also for staff that are using the product every day.”

The delivery of Aqueous Ozone is also economically sustainable. The hard costs will be supplemented by the savings realised as the technology used to create Aqueous Ozoneis adopted at a location. Cleaning operative efficiency would also improve due to the fact that Aqueous Ozone can be used on different materials and negates the need for different chemicals on different surfaces.

Martin Booth, Managing Director at Green World Innovations, said: “Aqueous Ozone technology grants cleaning professionals a proven and powerful chemical free cleaning alternative that is perfectly suited to the cleaning needs of schools. The lotus®

aqueous ozone eliminates the risks associated with chemical cleanings products, improves the quality of work for employees and aids facilities managers to reduce costs and improve productivity.”

PRO technology that stabilises

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