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Safety Glasses, PPE, and HMIS

Avoid Norfolk Code Violations for Dumpster Odor

Helping You Implement EO 13514

Find us at Servmart!

Knowing Your Green Certifications and Seals

Green in the Military (GIM4) Convention

The Latest Info on Norovirus from the CDC

Brushing Up on EPP Executive Orders

Senate Committee Approves Safe Chemicals Act

A Look at Sustainability in the Air Force/Air Combat Command

A Look at the Army's Sustainability Policy

 

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DfE: Name Changed But Ingredient List/ Categorization Are Same

DfE to Safer ChoiceIn an effort for the EPA to better communicate the DfE program’s health and environmental goals and increase the purchasers’ understanding of DfE products, the DfE program has been renamed “Safer Choice.”

A new logo is now available and manufacturers will soon start transitioning it into their current labeling on qualifying products. However, the Safer Choice Standard, the Safer Chemical Ingredient List (SCIL), and the Safer Chemical product categorization will remain the same.

Currently, there are over 2,000 products that qualify to display the DfE/Safer Choice logo and contain chemical ingredients that are recognized for safer chemistry by the EPA.

These ingredients are listed on the Safer Chemical Ingredient List (SCIL) and are categorized by their environmental and health evaluations:

Green circle Chemical has been verified to be of low concern
half-green-circle Chemical is expect to be of low concern based on experimental and modeled data.
Yellow triangle Chemical has met Safer Choice Criteria for its functional ingredient-class, but has some hazard profile issues.
grey square Chemical will not be acceptable for use in products that are candidates for the Safer Choice label.

The Safer Chemical Ingredient List (SCIL) continues to evolve and change. As an example, in April, 2015, the EPA flagged five ingredients for removal from the list in the next 12 months. There were also two ingredients completely removed from the list.

Want more information about the Safer Choice products Cavalier carries? Give us a call at 888.569.0066 or email us at salesinquiry@cavalierva.com

> Read the full Safer Chemical Ingredient List (SCIL)

>Access the list of products bearing the DfE / Safer Choice logo

 

Safety Glasses, PPE, and HMIS

PPE Safety Glasses OSHA ChartIn the JanSan industry, a large percentage of eye injuries are caused by direct contact with chemicals. These injuries result from either the negligence of wearing eye protection or an inappropriate choice of personal protective equipment. 

As an example, if safety glasses are worn instead of splash goggles, it may allow a chemical substance to enter from around or under protective eye equipment. Serious and irreversible damage can occur when chemical substances contact the eyes in the form of splash, mists, vapors, or fumes.

When do you need to protect your eyes with glasses or goggles?  You’ll find the HMIS for chemicals on SDS sheets under Section 15: Regulatory Information. The code for Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) is the last entry for HMIS and is alpha, not numerical.

Almost all HMIS PPE codes include the use of glasses, shields or goggles. The codes are as follows for protective equipment:

A

safety glasses

B

safety glasses and gloves

C

safety glasses, gloves and an apron

D

face shield, gloves and an apron

E

safety glasses, gloves and a dust respirator

F

safety glasses, gloves, apron and a dust respirator

G

safety glasses, a vapor respirator

H

splash goggles, gloves, apron and a vapor respirator

I

safety glasses, gloves and a dust/vapor respirator

J

splash goggles, gloves, apron and a dust/vapor respirator



> You can download the PPE chart here

> View our line of safety equipment

> Learn about OSHA penalties for non-compliance

 

Avoid Norfolk Code Violations for Dumpster Odor

Combating Dumpster OdorWhen temperatures are above 50 degrees, bacteria multiplies more rapidly which means odors from trash, dumpsters, and rubbish increases, as well. Offensive odors are not only bad for business, but they can also land you in violation of Norfolk city code.

There are a few steps you can take to keep malodors to a minimum in your trash and dumpster areas.

  1. Bag as much garbage as possible and use the appropriate liners for your refuse. Low density liners provide maximum puncture and tear resistance, and are good for refuse that have sharp or jagged edges. High density provide moisture and vapor barriers and are more appropriate for the disposal of food or materials that are heavy, have moisture, and no rough edges.
  2. Ask about our liners with Microban® Anti-Microbial Technology which inhibit the growth of bacteria both inside the liner and outside.
  3. Keep dumpster lids closed to help contain odors and prevent varmints from rummaging through refuse and tearing bagged garbage.
  4. Thoroughly clean dumpsters regularly with a product specifically designed for tackling malodor molecules. During warm weather, clean them more frequently.
  5. Clean interior and exterior of dumpster, as well as area around the container.

> Read more about Multi-Clean #17 Odor-Rite Tropical, a concentrate specifically developed for controlling tough odor challenges.

> Learn more about liners with Microban Anti-Microbial Technology

> Read about Norfolk City Code re: penalties for dumpster odor

 

Helping You Implement EO 13514

Carbon-footprintThe goal of EO 13514 is "to establish an integrated strategy towards sustainability in the Federal Government and to make reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) a priority for Federal agencies."

There were a number of deadlines that federal agencies were to meet, with the last one being a comprehensive Greenhouse Gas inventory submitted in January, 2011.

Beyond these deadlines, the Executive Order set a number of non-numerical targets, including:

  • Increase renewable energy and renewable energy generation on agency property.
  • Pursue opportunities with vendors and contractors to reduce GHG emissions (i.e., transportation options and supply chain activities).
  • Reduce building energy intensity.
  • Ensure all new Federal buildings that enter the planning process in 2020 and thereafter are designed to achieve zero-net-energy standards by 2030.
  • Use low GHG emitting vehicles, including AFVs, and optimize the number of vehicles in agency fleets.
  • Implement water management strategies including water-efficient and low-flow fixtures.
  • Implement source reduction to minimize waste and pollutant generation.
  • Decrease use of chemicals directly associated with GHG emissions.
  • Participate in transportation planning and recognize existing infrastructure in regions/communities.
  • Ensure procurement preference for EPEAT-registered electronic products.

At Cavalier, Inc., we have a heightened awareness of the environment and provide solutions that consistently take into consideration any far-reaching sustainability ramifications.
 
As an example, our chemical line features a super-concentrated offering that reduces the manufacturing and freight footprint while delivering powerful cleaning performance.  Beyond chemicals, we can point out the benefits of our inventory items and how we can assist in the overall goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

> View the DOD’s January 2013 OMB Scorecard on Sustainability / Energy and how it has met EO 13514

> Read more about implementation of EO 13514

 

Find us at Servmart!

Servmart-NorfolkSUPER SERVMART
9610 Decatur Avenue
Norfolk, VA  23511
757-451-8030

Are you based on the Norfolk Naval Base and need a fast pick-up of floor cleaner, paper products, or microfiber cleaning rags? 

You’ll find a good number of maintenance products from Cavalier, Inc. located at the Super SERVMART located directly across from Pier 8 on the Naval Station Norfolk. 

“Having our products easily accessible to personnel right on the base saves them time, money, and hassle,” notes Bruce Heller, president of Cavalier, Inc. “It is incredibly convenient, accessible, and from an environmental standpoint, requires us to decrease the number of delivery trips we make.”

The 50,000 square foot Super Servmart contains about 7,000 different products, including the most requested Cavalier, Inc. maintenance items, such as the Veteran Brand SHML approved chemicals, such as Task Force Flight Deck Cleaner, Speed Clean Deep Sink Detergent, and Formula P-98 Bilge Cleaner. Products that are not stocked are available through our catalog.

The store is open to unit facility managers and base personnel. Facility managers may use their government impac cards to make purchases for their squadron, and personal purchases may be made by anyone on base.
For more information about obtaining Cavalier maintenance products through Super Servmart, call us at 888.569.0066.

> View our Veteran Brand SHML Approved Chemicals

 

Knowing Your Green Certifications and Seals

FTC Green GuidesThe FTC recently revised its guidelines regarding third-party certification and self-certification in an attempt to distinguish more clearly to the purchaser the differences and how it might affect their buying decision.

First-party seals
are those created by a manufacturer. With the new guidelines, the manufacturer must explain that it is a self-certifying program. 

Second-party seals are those created by an industry association, such as ISSA, and they also need to disclose it is an association-created seal.

Third-party seals are those earned by an independent organization, such as Green Seal, EcoLabel, GreenGuard, etc.

The new guidelines caution marketers to refrain from broad claims such as a product merely being “environmentally friendly” or “eco-friendly.”  Claims need to be substantiated with details, such as “free of” a hazardous ingredient or similar specific environmental benefits.

Cavalier carries a variety of third-party certified cleaners, including popular hydrogen peroxide formulations.  Call us today for more information and our expert suggestions for products to meet your cleaning needs.

> Read the new FTC Green Guidelines

 

Green in the Military (GIM4) Convention - Feb. 27!

Green in the Military 4 logo

Green in the Military (GIM4)
Wed., Feb. 27
Virginia Beach Convention Center
8 am – 5 pm

Come see Cavalier, Inc. at the Green in the Military (GIM4) event on Feb. 27!

We will be exhibiting at this event and ready to answer your questions about sustainability in your facility maintenance. 

When you are not at our booth, you can check out some of the other sustainability vendors and attend a full day of seminars and educational discussions.

Green in the Military 4 (GIM4) is the Mid-Atlantic’s premier conference showcasing sustainable building practices in the military.  The technical sessions in the morning includes: LEED v.4 updates; overview of ASHRAE and its implementation by the DOD; water reclamation and reuse for irrigation; energy efficient strategies; and sustainable strategies and benefits for site selection.

Afternoon sessions will discuss sustainability, continuing education and facility information on Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG);  the impacts of federal mandates on DOD policies; contract document and design criteria; strategies for integrated sustainable lighting systems and DOD lighting criteria; and healthy building concepts and examples of workplace and residential facilities.

The educational seminars conclude with a session that provides an overview of the military’s sustainability programs followed by a Q&A session.

> Learn more about GIM4 and register for the event 
> Visit the main website for GIM4

 

The Latest Info on Norovirus from the CDC

Norovirus videoOn January 24, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified a new strain of norovirus.  The GII.4 Sydney strain of norovirus is the stomach bug that is sweeping the globe right now, and is attributed to about 60% of the current norovirus outbreaks in the US. (see ABC news report)
 
In its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report of January 25, 2013, the  CDC notes that most of these outbreaks (51%) were a result of direct person-to-person transmission.  About 20% were attributed to foodborne transmission, 1% was waterborne, and 28% were of unknown origin.

The CDC notes some of the best prevention for the spread of norovirus are:

  • Wash your hands frequently using soap and water.
  • Carefully wash fruits and vegetables.
  • Clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces.  Be sure you are using a disinfectant that is EPA registered, is effective specifically against norovirus, and is applied according to manufacturer’s directions.

Call us today to assure your current disinfectant is effective against norovirus.

 

Brushing Up on EPP Executive Orders

For some of us involved with procurement, we remember the early days of Executive Order 12873, originally signed by Former President Clinton on October 20, 1993, directing federal agencies to evaluate the environmental attributes of the products and services they purchase.

There were two other significant EOs signed by Former President Clinton addressing Environmental Preferred Purchasing (EPP) which called for the incorporation of waste prevention and recycling in federal agencies (EO 13101) and to incorporate environmental management systems into agency day-to-day decision making (EO 13148).

Today, these EOs are no longer in effect, however they do provide a base for the two current EPP Executive Orders. 

Current Executive Orders require federal agencies to purchase environmentally preferable products and services:

Executive Order 13514 – Requires federal agencies to advance sustainable acquisition by acquiring products that are:

  • Energy-Efficient
  • Bio-Based
  • Environmentally Preferable
  • Non-Ozone Depleting
  • Contain Recycled Content
  • Or are non-toxic or less-toxic alternatives.

EO 13514 was signed by President Barack Obama on October 5, 2009.

Executive Order 13423 – Requires federal agencies to use sustainable environmental practices when acquiring goods and services, including the acquisition of:

  • Bio-Based
  • Environmentally Preferable
  • Energy-Efficient
  • Water-Efficient
  • And Recycled-Content products.

It also directs the use of paper comprised of at least 30% post-consumer fiber content.

EO 13423 was signed by Former President George W. Bush on January 24, 2007.

> Click here for more information

 

Senate Committee Approves Safe Chemicals Act

Safe Chemicals ActJust before adjourning for its August break, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works approved a version of the Safe Chemicals Act, a much needed update to the 35-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

The Safe Chemicals Act would require manufacturers to prove their chemicals are safe before being allowed to use them.  Currently, chemicals have to be proven harmful before they can be banned.

According to a press release from democratic N.J. Sen. R. Frank Lautenberg — the senator responsible for proposing the act — the act would:

• Require manufacturers to develop and submit safety data for each chemical they produce, while avoiding duplicative or unnecessary testing.
Prioritize chemicals based on risk, so that EPA can focus resources on evaluating those most likely to cause harm while working through the backlog of untested existing chemicals.
• Place the burden of proof on chemical manufacturers to demonstrate the safety of their chemicals.
Restrict uses of chemicals that cannot be proven safe.
Establish a public database to catalog the information submitted by chemical manufacturers and the EPA's safety determinations.
• Promote innovation and development of safe chemical alternatives, and bring some new chemicals onto the market using an expedited review process.

The Committee vote was not without some controversy.  An open letter by the US Chamber of Commerce noted that, on behalf of chemical producers, manufacturers and other companies that use chemicals as essential elements of their products, and retailers who sell finished goods to the public, there was disappointment that the Committee did not wait for a bi-partisan agreement on mark-up amendments (which were still underway at the time of the vote).  There is concern that without bi-partisan support coming out of Committee, that the needed updating of the TSCA will not take place as it will be stalled on the full Senate vote or in the House.

The current version of the Safe Chemicals Act will need to be voted on by the full Senate, which is out of session until September 7th.  If it is voted on and passed in the full Senate this Fall, it will then be sent to the House for a vote.

> Full Bill Info. from ThomasNet

 

A Look at Sustainability in the Air Force/Air Combat Command

Air Combat Command shield“Sustainable Design in Air Combat Command” provides a look at the Air Force and ACC Sustainable Design Policy.  Similar to the “Green in the Army” policy, it pays particular attention to the maintenance and operation of the facilities.

 The directive states,“It is Air Force policy to apply sustainable concepts in the planning , design, construction, environmental management, operation, maintenance and disposal of facilities and infrastructure projects, consistent with budget and mission constraints.”

It is pointed out that the Air Force lists LEED as the preferred self-assessment metric with a goal to have all building projects LEED certified.

As noted, the Air Force faced some challenges in the implementation of this directive, as they needed to consider anti-terrorism standards, architectural standards and budget constraints.

Specific LEED certifiable projects in VA include the dormitory, visiting quarters, youth center and DGS Operations Facility at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton.

>read full presentation

 

A Look at the Army's Sustainability Policy

“Green in the Army” is a presentation by the US Army Corps of Engineers discussing “Quality Facilities for Quality Soliders.”   In a January, 2006 Army memorandum, the Army Sustainable Policy states,

“All military vertical building construction projects starting with the FY09 military construction program will achieve the SILVER level of LEED New Construction.”


Army Corp of Engineers logoThe policy calls for maximizing LEED points while still complying with DoD Anti-Terrorism Force Protection Standards, Unified Facilities Critieria, International Building Code, NFPA 101 Life Safety Code, and Installation Design Guides.

On the list of US Army Corps of Engineer Sustainable Projects in Norfolk that were mentioned in this presentation were:

  • Fort Lee Monroe Manor Revitalization
  • Fort Lee Group Operations Complex
  • Fort Eustis Deployment Staging Area
  • Defense Supply Cetner Richmond (DSCR)
  • Langley Air Force Base Dormitory

Included on the list of the Army’s sustainable targets was an overall energy reduction of 30%.  Overall anticipated outcomes included:

  • Enhanced comfort, health and quality of life
  • Lower life cycle costs through energy reduction
  • Promotion of environmental awareness for facilities
  • Rewarding of high performing Army facilities

>download the presentation

 

 


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