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Cleaning for Asthma-Safe Schools - Healthy Cleaning & Asthma-Safer Schools Guide and Video

The Healthy Cleaning & Asthma-Safer Schools guide and video help school districts transition to healthier and asthma-safer cleaning products and practices. The Work-Related Asthma Prevention Program’s (WRAPP) CLASS project produced these two resources, primarily for California school districts’ facilities, maintenance, and operations managers. School health advocates can encourage their district to switch to asthma-safer cleaning using simple, manageable steps.  WRAPP is housed in the Occupational Health Branch.

Video: Healthy Cleaning & Asthma-Safer Schools (4:02 minutes)

View Healthy Cleaning & Asthma-Safer Video on YouTube
The video introduces the how-to guide and features a school custodian whose asthma got worse on the job. Custodians and administrators across California also describe their successes using the guide. See below for directions to obtain copies of the video.

Healthy Cleaning & Asthma-Safer Schools: A How-To Guide (PDF, 2.5MB)– full guide with appendices

View the Healthy Cleaning & Asthma-Safer Schools Guidelines
The how-to guide explains how to switch to asthma-safer cleaning in simple, manageable steps. Ready-to-use tools and forms will help districts progress through each step, including publicizing safer cleaning successes within the school community. The guide also offers resources about green cleaning, asthma, and disinfection.

Customizable appendices – links to modifiable documents
Cleaning Product Inventory--Appendix D (Word, 1.92 MB)
Worksheet—Selecting Which Products to Test--Appendix E (Word)
Sample Vendor Letter--Appendix H (Word)
Vendor Evaluation Form--Appendix I (Word)
Asthma-Safer Cleaning Product Evaluation Form, English and Spanish--Appendix J (Word)
School Newsletter--Appendix K (Word)
Press Release for Local Newspaper--Appendix L (Word)
Green, Healthy, and Asthma-Safer Schools Cleaning Model Policy--Appendix M (Word)
Resolution on Asthma-Safer and Greener Cleaning--Appendix N (Word)
Information Sheet—Why Can’t I Bring in Disinfectants or Other Products from Home?--Appendix O (Word)
Certificate for Custodians--Appendix P (Word)
To obtain copies of the video:
download from Vimeo (link below), call 510.620.5762, or e-mail workrelatedasthma@cdph.ca.gov.

Download Video: Healthy Cleaning & Asthma-Safer Schools




Cleaning for Asthma-Safe Schools page 
Work-Related Asthma Prevention Program home page

Occupational Health Surveillance and Evaluation Program (OHSEP) home page

Occupational Health Branch (OHB) home page


Last modified on: 11/17/2014 9:47 AM