Tuesday, November 8, 2011

TURI Lab Testing Program in the News

Green Works® Concentrated Cleaners were tested by the International Executive Housekeepers Association's (IEHA) High Performance Cleaning Product (HPCP) Testing Program in conjunction with the University of MA Lowell TURI Lab. Green Works® Concentrated Cleaners met the HPCP program's rigorous standards and proved the product line's efficacy. Read more

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Green Cleaning In Hospitals

Check out this paper on green cleaning in hospitals:

Under the guidance of an expert advisory group, the project team at CHD conducted the study in three steps. Literature review, phone interview and questionnaire survey were the major methods used in the study.

The paper is the ninth paper in the Health Care Research Collaborative’s monograph series providing research and analysis of factors influencing patient, worker and environmental safety and sustainability in the health care sector. The Research Collaborative was initiated by Health Care Without Harm (HCWH), an international nonprofit coalition that promotes environmental responsibility in health care.

Friday, October 7, 2011

CleanerSolutions Usage in FY 2011

Did you know that our lab's testing database was visited 26,873 for July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011. Were you one of them? If so, thanks. If not, please check it out!

TURI Lab Monthly Update of Projects –September 2011

End User Testing
• Metal working facility – met with them. They are going to get smaller degreaser and use nPB in it. Will decrease solvent usage for their one customer who requires it to about 50 gallons or less a year. Got them to commit to working on aqueous solution also. Talked to OTA about going to talk to them about water conservation. Will set a meeting end of October or November.
• Remanufacturing-repair facility – Did research on paint spray gun cleaning and sent them systems and cleaners to look into.
• Microelectronics – Cleaning of pallets on hold there. Thanked us for work and will be in touch.
• Sheriff’s office – Went in with vendor in Sept. They bought a steam unit to clean bathrooms and cells etc. Bought one unit and plan to buy 3 more to reduce chemicals used. Also another vendor is redoing their laundry and cleaning chemicals to decrease toxicity and save them about 40%.
• Plating company - Met with them. Saw their adapted dry cleaning machines that use PCE to clean. Have reduced their TCE use over 90%. They have a trivalent chrome line and a hex line. They helped get me some time on NESF agenda and wasn’t to be involved with supply chain work and CE conferences if we need them.
• Plating company – Helped TURI Lab get on NESF agenda and has invited anyone from TURA to come see their operation. Also willing to work with me on information for case studies, supply chain work and alternatives as well as CE conference.
• Capacitor Mfr - Had one meeting with manufacturing and operations VP. They are committed to switch. Will also need to bring OTA in down there. Setting up a meeting with vendors and them to see the space and operation to start looking at cleaning lines. Researching cleaners and things to do with project.
• Optics Mfr - went into visit to see cleaning system and talk to them about why it isn’t working for one of their optic lines. Have worked with them to indentify problem, was in there with vendor this week. Have new action items for issues. Narrowing project scope down. Going to try a wetting agent in rinses and also work on redesigning racks for their optics used in cleaning.

Small Contract Work
Ongoing or Recently Completed
• Testing equipment for steam vapor cleaning. Evaluating range of applications for cleaning and disinfecting.
• Providing technical support and formulation development/evaluation
• Green product line testing for IEHA HPCP
• Evaluating ways to demonstrate that traditional cleaners can leave behind residues. Determine effect on resoiling
In the Works
• Soil removal testing (and maybe microbial testing) done on a no touch system. Have unit and will be finalizing project scope.
• Met with group about testing and future collaboration for improving housekeeping procedures and products
• General product performance testing (industrial)
• Chemical supplier testing of ingredients for I&I applications

Grants
• SHE seed grant proposal for Cleaning in Home Health Care. – Margaret Quinn, Nancy Goodyear. The proposed project will develop methods and collect pilot data to evaluate the health and environmental impacts of the use of cleaning products in the home healthcare (HHC) setting.
• University Research – disinfection collaboration with Dr. Goodyear. Performance collaboration with Dr. Nagarajan surfactant project
• Providing support/training for TURN Grant - Montachusett Opportunity Council. We have had some calls with them about workshop in November and are working n materials and presentation

Database Web Tool
• DIY site – reworking layout and working on fine tuning content
• Completing work on P2OASys updates.

Disinfection Testing
• Met on 26th with electrolyzed water equipment and Dr. Nancy Goodyear UML. Saw new unit and talked about moving forward with testing.
• Steam Vapor cleaning continues
• “Green” disinfectants to be investigated for performance

Do-it-Yourself Cleaning Recipes
• Student has been working on videos for recipe making and performance testing

Outreach
• Went to Washington DC to State of Green Cleaning conference to present on HPCP program with IEHA. Great reception on presentation. Great visibility for lab and will feed off this at ISSA in October.
• Working on new brochures and posters for lab
• Meeting about NESF and NEFA conferences coming in November and materials needed and information we want together while attending and doing a table at each. Have sent follow up emil on action items from that meeting
• Greening your facility fact sheet being worked on still. Internal review ongoing
• Did educational table at Westford Farmers Market
• Going to Dept of Corrections Visit as part of TUR Task Force initiative
• Asked to speak on toxics in Wenham this spring
• CIRI Conference in November 9-11
• MOC workshop Nov 15
• Article on Green and Clean for October issue of ICS magazine
• IEHA-TURI HPCP flyer for ISSA show

TURI Projects
• TURI Web redesign
• PCE alternatives report ongoing. Trainings for planning coming up
• Working on matching grant possibly with capacitor manufacturer and maybe demo site with them or someone doing alternatives to cad or hexchrome plating
• TUR Planner course assistance on Alternatives Assessment section. Finalizing details for event
• NESF event in November will talk to companies about metal finishing and who is interested in that and supply chain work. Talked to internally at TURI about how to work together to reach large companies how to capitalize with smaller MA companies connections with TURI Lab.

Lab General
• New training docs and SOPS being worked on
• Students
• Getting products in database and put away, updating inventory, database project of checking vendor contact information
• Vendors being contacted for new samples

TURI Lab Monthly Update of Projects – July/August 2011

End User Testing
• Sign manufacturer – Have found a cleaner they think may work on red metals. We will test that here or onsite with them. Also still looking for a low temp clear coat for red metals.
• LED manufacturer – Switching to n butyl acetate. Will visit when done and work on case study
• Electromagnetic Materials – Was asked to come back and help with a cleaning issue. Smell of a cleaner for some of their electronics is bothering worker in next office. Went and did site visit. Cleaned parts and am sending them back for their inspection. Then we will move on with odor testing.
• Metal working facility – connected with them during TCE calls and they have filled out test request form and have invited me to visit and talk about alternatives and work with them. Already talking about nPB. Will try to steer them away.
• Remanufacturing-repair facility – isocyanate painting adopted by company based on customer request. Sent them to a consultant to work on spray booth.
• Microelectronics – Visited with company and picked up pallets. Cleaned them in lab, going back to talk to them about if they are clean enough and work to develop cleaning process.
• Sheriffs office – Visiting again with vendor. If they connect and like product then project for laundry will hand off to vendor. Vendor is on MA EPP list and has worked with other correctional facilities in the state.
• Plating company - going to meet with them to see their cleaning process and see if they can get out of using TCE
•Plating company - invited to visit and see their operation and also invited to work with upcoming NESF conference
• Capacitor Mfr - They are ready to work on nPB to Aqueous. Will be discussing time lines, grants, prices, space, capital and type of cleaning

Small Contract Work
Ongoing or Recently Completed
• Testing equipment for steam vapor cleaning (IEHA connection). Evaluating range of applications for cleaning and disinfecting.
• Providing technical support and formulation development/evaluation
• Green product line testing for IEHA HPCP
• Hand washing evaluation
• GS 34 testing
• Evaluating ways to demonstrate that traditional cleaners can leave behind residues. Determine effect on resoiling
• Vacuum vs. dust mop evaluation results submitted to company
In the Works
• Soil removal testing (and maybe microbial testing) done on a no touch system. Have unit and will be finalizing project scope.
• Green Seal GS 37 testing for natural cleaning products
• Discussion with IEHA and company on floor cleaning process evaluations. Will include ergonomic evaluation. Waiting on approval from front office.
• Discussion on working with lab to create a “consumer report” like partnership where the lab would provide testing evaluations for their products and a place to direct consumers for comparisons to other products via the CleanerSolutions Site

Grants
• SHE seed grant proposal funded for Cleaning in Home Health Care. – Margaret Quinn, Nancy Goodyear. The proposed project will develop methods and collect pilot data to evaluate the health and environmental impacts of the use of cleaning products in the home healthcare (HHC) setting.
• TURI University Research – disinfection collaboration with Dr. Goodyear. Performance collaboration with Dr. Nagarajan surfactant project
• Providing support/training for TURN Grant - Montachusett Opportunity Council

Database Web Tool
• DIY site – reworking layout
• Student completing work on P2OASys updates

Disinfection Testing
• Meeting scheduled for 9-26-11 to discuss status of project with electrolyzed water system
• Steam-vapor testing – underway
• Received two grants for disinfection evaluations

Do-it-Yourself Cleaning Recipes
• Working on videos for recipe making and performance testing

Outreach
• TURI Lab asked to represent IEHA at ISSA State of Green Cleaning conference in September in VA.
• TURI Lab asked to speak at IEHA meeting October 18th
• Working on new Lab and possibly TCE, metal finishing or HHS help brochure
• Working within TURI for cadmium, hex chrome and TCE plans for Fall and for NESF conference. Want to use this conference to help our work with HHS substances, stakeholder work and to get out factsheets.
• Greening your facility fact sheet being worked on

TURI Projects
• TURI Web redesign
• Will review PCE alternatives report and go to meeting this month
• Working on matching grant possibly with Capacitor Mfr and maybe demo site with them or someone doing alternatives to cad or hexchrome plating.
• TUR Planner course assistance on Alternatives Assessment section. Met with other TURI staff to discuss next steps

Lab General
• New training docs and SOPS need to be worked on students
• Getting products in database and put away, updating inventory, database project of checking vendor contact information

Monday, July 11, 2011

TURI Lab Monthly Update of Projects – June 2011

End User Testing
• Sign manufacturer – Project on hold due to space restrictions. For now they have no room to put in new cleaning line. They are still using lab as a resource, asked about green certifications recently.
• LED manufacturer – Trying to get two new engineers up to speed in their new jobs. Will revisit in August.
• Electromagnetic Materials – Met with them. They were interested in using tert-butyl acetate as a cleaner. They like it and saw it was VOC exempt by the EPA. Waiting on the response from DEP.
• Metal working facility – Working on meeting with them on project moving them from nPB to aqueous. They haven’t got back but all indications are that they are willing and ready. Also trying to see if we can do a case study with them, possibly a matching grant and/or a student intern
• Bicycle Manufacturer: - Sent cleaned parts and samples to company. Called this week and Skip was going to check with his welder and see how things were going.
• Remanufacturing-repair facility – they are testing a new cleaner and wanted some guidance and possibly help piloting this summer. They also have an issue with a customer of a distributor of theirs that want their milling machines painted differently. They want the machines “prettier” and to look like other machines they have. They are being asked to use an isocyante based paint system.
• Microelectronics – Still trying to work out a DEP final ok on their cleaning process. Have a call in to the closest DEP regional office.
• Microelectronics – gong to visit Ed Gomes and talk about their pallet cleaning. Working on a visit date.
• Sheriffs office – visiting mid July to look at alternatives to their laundry detergents and possibly some sanitizers. Met them at a MAFMA training.

Grants
• Maid Review project –sent final recommendations in early June. Sent testing proposal for disinfection testing evaluations
• SHE seed grant proposal for Cleaning in Home Health Care. The proposed project will develop methods and collect pilot data to evaluate the health and environmental impacts of the use of cleaning products in the home healthcare (HHC) setting.

Small Contract Work
Ongoing or Completed
• Testing equipment for steam vapor cleaning. Evaluating range of applications for cleaning and disinfecting.
• No Touch cleaning system – soil removal testing (and maybe microbial testing) done on using a no touch system facility unit. Have unit and will be finalizing project scope.
• Vacuum cleaning evaluation- call to discuss next steps of vacuum vs. dust mop comparison.
• Formulation assistance – Provide product formulation assistance to company for cleaning products

In the Works
• Green Seal GS 37 testing for natural cleaning products
• Discussion for floor cleaning process evaluations. Will include ergonomic evaluation.
• Discussion on working with lab to create a “consumer report” like partnership where the lab would provide testing evaluations for their products and a place to direct consumers for comparisons to other products via the CleanerSolutions Site
• All purpose, glass and bathroom commercial line testing

Database Web Tool
• DIY site – reworking layout to make focus on performance with EHS as lesser focus (currently other way around)
• Collecting data for P2OASys updates. Researching ways to update programming

Disinfection Testing
• Activated water – still ongoing
• Steam vapor evaluations started
• Working on summer plan for testing – DIY recipes for disinfection, “greener” disinfectants

Do-it-Yourself Cleaning Recipes
• See Database Web Tool update
• Student has been working on videos for recipe making and performance testing. Working on gathering new recipes

Outreach
• Mass Facilities training in Westfield with Lynn Rose and Marcia Deegler. Reschedule of one in December. Talk of more trainings and working with Tom Tagean at MAFMA on equipment for their “Tool Shed”,
• Working on new Lab and possibly TCE, metal finishing or HHS help brochure
• Connecting with OTA on how to work more closely together, thinking about aligning site visit write ups
• Greening your facility fact sheet wrapping up.
• Webinar for Nebraska Business Development Center (July). 45 minute presentation on solvent substitution and how the CleanerSolutions database can help.
• Asked to speak at IEHA meeting October 18th with Allen Rathey

TURI Projects
• TURI Web redesign
• Working on a plan for outreach to a list of companies thought to be using TCE by OTA and TURI LAB
• Reviewed PCE alternatives report

Lab General
• Testing old equipment to check on working order
• Database project of checking vendor contact information

Thursday, June 2, 2011

TURI Lab Monthly Update of Projects – May 2011

End User Testing
LED manufacturer –Set up a meeting to discuss results and next steps and going over reports
Electronics – Meeting on the 10th to talk about test results and best next steps for them
Metal working facility – Arranged for a meeting in June with them about going aqueous and using a student intern or something in the fall on this project.
Bicycle manufacturer - couple of tests done. Sent cleaned parts to company
Remanufacturing-repair facility – arranged for visit in June.
Microelectronics – working with them and DEP to have them ok their cleaning process

Grants
Maid service evaluation – compiling final recommendations to be sent in early June. Putting together testing proposal for disinfection testing evaluations

Small Contract Work
Ongoing or Completed
• Testing equipment for steam vapor cleaning (IEHA connection). Evaluating range of applications for cleaning and disinfecting. Started evaluations
• Kitchen grease trap cleaning, all purpose cleaner.
• No touch cleaning system – soil removal testing (and maybe microbial testing) done on the no touch system. Have unit and will be finalizing project scope.
• Vacuum cleaner evaluation – Starting setting up for comparison of vacuum and dust mop.
• Formulation project –Planning meeting to determine next steps of project

In the Works
Green Seal GS 37 testing for natural cleaning products
• Activated water performance testing – plans for performance testing on latest model – in addition to disinfection testing. Visit from marketing and research planning on coming to UML for a visit end of month. Possibility of lab trip facility to see their set up. More trips to Seattle planned for field testing.
• Floor care cleaning process evaluations – discussion with IEHA and company about floor cleaning process evaluations. Will include ergonomic evaluation. Waiting on approval from front office.
• Discussion on working with lab to create a “consumer report” like partnership where the lab would provide testing evaluations for their products and a place to direct consumers for comparisons to other products via the CleanerSolutions Site

Database Web Tool
• DIY site work getting ready for internal review of content
• Request for assistance with P2OASys from student from the University of Rhode Island - Pollution Prevention department is making a project comparing solvent-based paint and water-based paints from an auto-body shop in RI.

Disinfection Testing
• Progressing with initial disinfection testing protocols for activated water system. Company on-site to discuss results and testing plans
• Steam vapor disinfection – testing system using less than ideal conditions
• Working on summer plan for testing – DIY recipes for disinfection, “greener” disinfectants

Do-it-Yourself Cleaning Recipes
• Student has been working on videos for recipe making and performance testing. Working on gathering new recipes

Outreach
• Mass Facilities annual meeting on May 3rd at Green Star meeting.
• Training for facility management and green cleaning from December rescheduled to May 13th in Springfield
• Webinar for Nebraska Business Development Center (July). 45 minute presentation on solvent substitution and how the CleanerSolutions database can help.

TURI Lab Monthly Update of Projects – April 2011

End User Testing
• Sign manufacturer– still working on environmental tests. They have asked the lab to help them look into equipment for in house environmental testing. They won’t be doing the matching grant due to timing issues. If we have this next fiscal year and they overcome their coating issues, they will reapply
• LED manufacturer – Working on setting up a meeting to discuss results and next steps and going over reports
• Electronics – Meeting on the 10th to talk about test results and best next steps for them
• Metal working facility– working on a prelim meeting in June with them about going aqueous and using a student intern or something in the fall on this project.
• RI testing assistance for MEK– results sent, connected them with vendor. Emailed for an update last week
• Bicycle manufacturer - couple of tests done. Will do parts testing this week and send them to company to work on. Talked with OTA about their progress.
• Remanufacturing-repair facility– called to restart work.
• Microelectronics – working with them and DEP to have them ok their cleaning process

Grants
Maid service evaluation. Attended convention for April 8th and 9th. Had a display at their vendor fair. Presented project updated to over 100 attendees. Waiting for surveys to be returned from franchises. Working on list of products and chemicals to get in for further testing.

Small Contract Work
Ongoing or Completed
• Testing equipment for steam vapor cleaning (IEHA connection). Evaluating range of applications for cleaning and disinfecting. Have agreement in place and will begin evaluating product during summer
• Kitchen grease trap cleaning, all purpose cleaner.
• All purpose testing
• Follow up testing for all purpose and glass testing

In the Works
• Floor care cleaning process evaluations– discussion with IEHA and company on floor cleaning process evaluations. Will include ergonomic evaluation. Waiting on approval from front office.
• Activated water performance testing – plans for performance testing on latest model – in addition to disinfection testing. Visit from marketing and research planning on coming to UML for a visit end of month. Possibility of lab trip to corporate head quarters to see their set up and work. More trips to Seattle planned for field testing.
• Asphalt cleaning from tools
• No touch cleaning system – soil removal testing (and maybe microbial testing) done on a no touch system. Have unit and will be finalizing project scope.
• Vacuum cleaner evaluation - call to discuss next steps of vacuum vs. dust mop comparison.
• Formulation project – possible contract to assist with formulation efforts. Planned call for early May

Database Web Tool
DIY section for CleanerSolutions as separate site. Reviewed preliminary mock up and shared with some from TURI for comment. Moving ahead with content population.

Disinfection Testing
• Progressing with initial testing protocols for activated water. Met with company to discuss next steps
• Steam Vapor – testing system using
• Working on summer plan for testing

Do-it-Yourself Cleaning Recipes
Have student working during summer on videos for recipe making and performance testing. Working on gathering new recipes

Outreach
• University of Washington to discus field testing partnership follow up call set to go again in May. Reps from activated water company coming here to work with us then maybe sending lab staff to corporate head quarters
• Maid Review project conference April 8-9
• Community conference April 14
• CIRI Green Cleaning and Science conference – April 27-29, Georgia Institute of Technology
• Disinfection work part of the SHE event on April 29th.
o Kate receiving internship award from UML
• Mass Facilities annual meeting on May 3rd at Green Start meeting. Also have a table to be manned with OTA and interns
• Training for facility management and green cleaning from December rescheduled to May 13th in Springfield

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Cleaning Questions Answered

Recently we had a company in Massachusetts ask about safer adhesive removers. Using the CleanerSolutions database, we generated a list of products that we had tested for successful removal of adhesives using manual cleaning. In addition, we provided a list vendor recommended products as well.

Do you have a cleaning question you want answered? Email us: sclab@cleanersolutions.org

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

TURI Lab Monthly Update of Projects – March 2011

End User Testing
• Sign manufacturer – Waiting on environmental test results. They are working on the brass and soft metals.
• LED manufacturer–Received materials to begin testing. Report sent, found 2 cleaners that may work. Working on pricing and EHS.
• Electronics– getting new silicone from them to test. Second round of testing being done. Meeting with them week of the 18th of April to go over test and to get more soil. No cleaners found yet. They have option to retrofit tanks too so we are looking into that.

• Metal working facility– They are ready to work on switch to aqueous. Will meet with them one this spring to go over plan, get parts etc then will start full project in summer when have time.
• RI testing assistance for MEK– Sent report and contact information for cleaner to them. Follow up to determine next steps

Grants
• Maid service evaluation. Open mic session for franchisees to provide input to the evaluation process March 3 and 4. Rrepresentatives on site 3/2-3/4. Completed interim report and created materials for convention for April 8th and 9th.

Small Contract Work.
Ongoing or Completed
• Testing equipment for steam vapor cleaning (IEHA connection). Evaluating range of applications for cleaning and disinfecting. Set up call to discus future work plans
• Kitchen grease trap cleaning, all purpose cleaner
• All purpose and kitchen soil evaluation
• Follow up testing for all purpose and glass testing

In the Works
• Floor care cleaning process evaluations
• Activated water performance testing on latest model – in addition to disinfection testing
• Asphalt cleaning from tools
• No touch cleaning system - soil removal testing (and maybe microbial testing)

Database Web Tool
DIY section for CleanerSolutions as separate site. Reviewed preliminary mock up and shared with some from TURI for comment. Moving ahead with content population.

Disinfection Testing
• Progressing with initial testing protocols for activated water. Met with company to discuss next steps
• Steam vapor – testing system using under less then perfect conditions

Do-it-Yourself Cleaning Recipes
Videos being made for how to make the recipes and how well they work. To be part of new web database section

Outreach
• Second visit at University of Washington to discus field testing partnership March 7-9.
DEP meeting and MA EPP office to do a presentation about lab and green cleaning with facility managers and purchasers
Community conference April 14
CIRI Green Cleaning and Science conference – April 27-9, Georgia Institute of Technology
• Mass Facilities annual meeting on May 3rd at Green Start meeting. Also have a table there and will man it with OTA and interns

TURI Projects
Industry matching grants program – hinges on next round of environmental tests
• Helping with TCE implementation plan and alternative assessment
• TURI Web redesign
• Three presentations in two sessions at the Community conference April 14th (Disinfection, Biobased Alternatives, Performance Evaluations)
• Dry Cleaning visit & work on PCE report

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

TURI Lab Monthly Update of Projects – February 2011

End User Testing
• Sign manufacturer – Waiting on environmental test results
• LED manufacturer–Received materials to begin testing
• Electronics– getting new silicone from them to test. Second round of testing to start week of 2/28/11
• Metal working facility– working on schedule for testing, parts
• RI testing assistance for MEK– Adhesive in. Testing to start week of 2/28/11
• Transportation Agency –Waiting on test request form for initial project to work on. Follow up email sent.

Grants
• Maid service evaluation. Reviewed training videos. Gathering chemical and equipment alternatives to assess performance and safety. Open mic session for franchisees to provide input to the evaluation process set for March 3 and 4. Representatives on site 3/2-3/4.

Small Contract Work
Ongoing or Completed
• Testing equipment for steam vapor cleaning. Evaluating range of applications for cleaning and disinfecting. Had conference call to discus future work plans.
• All purpose cleaning for DfE

In the Works
• Company planning on internal testing and then follow up testing with lab for Green Seal, DfE programs
Green Product testing for DfE and/or Green Seal evaluation for all purpose and glass testing. Possible disinfection evaluation as well
• Discussion on floor cleaning process evaluations

Database Web Tool
DIY section for CleanerSolutions site or separate site. Sent contractors content and some structure suggestions for site

Disinfection Testing
Progressing with initial testing protocols.

Do-it-Yourself Cleaning Recipes
See Database Web Tool update

Outreach
• Second visit at University of Washington to discus field testing partnership March 7-9.
• Presented at CII at University of Connecticut Health Center Annual Meeting with Tim Morse and Nancy Simcox – Feb 28th
CIRI Green Cleaning and Science conference – April 27-9, Georgia Institute of Technology

TURI Projects
Industry matching grants program –hinges on next round of environmental tests
• Helping with TCE implementation plan
• TURI Web redesign
• Plan to participate in the community conference set for April 14th
• Dry Cleaning visit

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Lab update for January 2011

End User Testing
• Sign manufacturer – working with consultant to set up more environmental testing. First round has issues with edges on red metals and some hazing. Second round is out for testing. Haven’t heard back yet. Have an email out to them.
• LED manufacturer – waiting on new engineer to get back to us with information. Need to collect more soil from them. Possibly start preliminary testing first week of January.
• Electronics – getting new silicone from them to test. Testing started
• Equipment refurbisher – trying to set up visit to restart work with them. They contacted lab before holidays
• Metal working facility – working on cold solvent regulations. Hoping to start nPB replace in spring 2011
• RI testing assistance for MEK – Working on a NDA
• Transportation Agency – Visit to lab with OTA. Waiting on test request form for initial project to work on.

Grants
• Maid service evaluation. Wrapping up video tape process during TURI homes cleanings Completed travel to Illinois, Texas and Washington in January. Completed initial EHS assessment of current products. Started working on alternative chemicals and equipment.
• Pepsi Refresh Project – mobile lab project listed on site for voting during January – did not win, but did get the word out there about the lab. Thanks for your votes.

Small Contract Work
Ongoing or Completed
• Testing equipment for steam vapor cleaning. Evaluating range of applications for cleaning and disinfecting. Follow up call to discus future work planed for February.
• All purpose, rust removal
• All purpose and kitchen grease cleaning
GS 34 degreasing testing
In the Works
• All purpose evaluation – company planning on internal testing and then follow up testing with lab for Green Seal, DfE programs
• All purpose cleaning for DfE

Database Web Tool
DIY section for CleanerSolutions site or separate site. Met with consultant and TURI staff to discuss content and infrastructure of site.

Disinfection Testing
Progressing with initial testing protocols. Have a few contracts in the works for testing

Outreach
Visit at University of Washington to discus field testing partnership and HPCP testing opportunities. Other universities and school systems being contacted by IEHA for participating field testing.

Request for presentation on the lab to Chemical Innovations Institute (CII) at University of Connecticut Health Center Annual Meeting– Feb 28th

TURI Projects
• Industry matching grants program – hinges on next round of environmental tests
• Helping with TCE implementation plan
• TURI Web redesign
• Plan to participate in the Community conference set for mid April

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Mobile Cleaning Lab

This could be the Mobile Lab if you vote in the Pepsi Refresh Project!


Lab update for December 2010

End User Testing
• Working with consultant to set up more environmental testing. First round has issues with edges on red metals and some hazing.
• Waiting on new engineer to get back to us with information. Need to collect more soil from them. Possibly start preliminary testing first week of January.
• Getting new silicone from them to test. Will start other 2 soils first week of January.
• Trying to set up visit to restart work with them. They contacted lab before holidays
• Working on cold solvent regulations. Hoping to start nPB replace in spring 2011
• RI testing assistance for MEK – sending materials for testing.

Grants
Pepsi Refresh Project - Mobile Cleaning Lab proposal in the running for $250,000. Voting runs through the month of January.

Small Contract Work
Ongoing or Completed
• Testing equipment for steam vapor cleaning. Evaluating range of applications for cleaning and disinfecting.
• Reviewing cleaning methods for maid service.
• All purpose, rust removal
• Product comparison testing – all purpose and glass
• All purpose and kitchen grease cleaning
• GS 34 degreasing testing

In the Works
• Rinse aid and oven cleaning testing for DfE
• ASTM testing for all purpose, oil and grease removal

Database Web Tool
DIY section for CleanerSolutions site or separate site. Scheduled visit with contractor in January. Working on mock-up,

Disinfection Testing
Establishing next phase of training. Begin in early January. Going to try meet up with Nancy first week of January.

Do-it-Yourself Cleaning Recipes
Local author (Uxbridge, MA), Leslie Reichert, The Cleaning Coach, came for visit. She has a book on DIY recipes. Wants to work with us in future. Doing third edition of book and want to include some of our work.

Outreach
• Planned visit at University of Washington to discus field testing partnership and HPCP testing in January.
• Contacted by Eastern Bank to do Earthday talk in April
• Spoke at Fitchburg NCMBEN event at request of Rick at OTA. Discussing cold solvent cleaning options
• Participated in IEHA ICM (Integrated cleaning and measurement) call.
• Did training with Lynn Rose for MA facility managers on green cleaning options. Asked to speak at their conference in April.

TURI Projects
• University Research project – met on Dec 2 for status of surfactant project
• Industry matching grants program – hinges on next round of environmental tests
• Helping with TCE implementation plan
• TURI Web redesign