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Feb 22, 2008
Though rarely seen, does it surprise you to learn that the Census Bureau tells us that there are more than 70,000 janitorial or maintenance services with more than one million janitors in our country? Janitorial services has been an unchanging business for more than a score of years is now in dramatic change and has become apart of the Green revolution. Most of us have paid scant attention to this industry as the workers come and went in the middle of the night leaving a freshly cleaned office for the daytime workers who show up each morning. It could be said that the janitorial worker is the silent and forgotten segment of the American workforce.

Suddenly, the Green revolution has come of age, and there are new rules, mandates, and expectations that our economy will incorporate the principles of environmentally-friendly practices. But who will implement all these new rules, standards, and practices? They will not happen by rhetoric, force of law, or well-wishing. It will take a newly trained workforce to carry out the duties of making homes, schools, offices, and buildings that have determined to be Green?

The janitorial workers have new and more lofty expectations that far exceed the traditional duties of sweeping, dusting, and dumping the trash. These janitors must now understand the concepts of new equipment, new chemicals, and new practices that are Green options. To move up to these new practices, janitors need more training than how to operate a vacuum or clean a toilet bowl. They need certifiable training and guidance in Green practices.

These are the custodians of public health at a different level than the medical world. It could be said that the custodians are the first line of defense in protecting the public health. Obviously, the medical world is the last line of defense in protecting our health.

Cleaning and sanitation is the most simple form of janitorial work. Chemical used in the workplace are an important part that dramatically affects all of us who work in buildings. Disease control, allergies and asthma issues, and chronic health issue are now a part of the cleaning equation.

It is finally time to realize who are the people that "Bring the Green." They are the long-forgotten workers also known as the custodians and janitors of the evening shift. It is a recognition long overdue to appreciate the people who work to keep our buildings clean or our health protected. Our Green theories become practice in the hands of these hard-working custodians.

Admittedly, this all comes at a price, buts it worth the small cost that it will take to empower these group of workers from simple laborers to trained technicians. Someone must take on the duties of making the Green era happen, and it will be the workers who have been previously ignored. I think these workers deserve the New Respect as the workforce that will make our lives better, Greener, and healthier.
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Green Clean Institute offers Green Clean training and certification for cleaning companies. Green Clean is the hot problem of our day and this training program is the only federal trademark for the cleaning industry.
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