ICS Magazine

BWI first accredited training program to comply with GS-42 Standard

June 8, 2009

SILVER SPRING, MD, May 29, 2009-The Building Wellness Institute today announced that its Building Wellness Certification Training is the first green cleaning training program in the nation to receive GS-42 accreditation through Green Seal’s accreditation agency. Green Seal recognizes EcoMetrical Corporation as the independent entity responsible for the GS-42 Training Accreditation Program (GS-42 TAP), through which Building Wellness Institute received its accreditation. The newly accredited program provides building service contractors (BSCs) and facility/environmental services managers the training they need to meet the requirements of Green Seal GS-42 and the Cleaning Industry Management Standard (CIMS), and help building owners achieve LEED certification.

The GS-42 standard is the basis for a certification program designed to define, validate, and promote green cleaning programs of building service contractors (BSCs) and in-house cleaning service providers. GS-42 TAP, recognized by Green Seal, was developed to qualify and validate the trainers or training organizations that intend to assist cleaning services in becoming GS-42 certified or in maintaining GS-42 certification.

GS-42 TAP includes a rigorous review of training materials and trainers with the goal of providing a recognized, consistent approach to training to the GS-42 standard, leading to GS-42 certification. “Because of the growing confusion in the marketplace over all things green, it is now critical that standards defined by Green Seal be recognized and upheld,” said Dr. Liam Keane, president of EcoMetrical Corporation, the independent accreditation agency.

“Being accredited validates our own rigorous standards of green cleaning instruction,” said Marion Stecklow, executive director of the Building Wellness Institute. “The high standard of GS-42 TAP also helps those clients who participate in our program to raise their level of professionalism and understand that they are contributing to the overall health of their building occupants,” she added.

The Building Wellness Institute’s unique approach to green cleaning training and consulting is based on the application of science to the cleaning and maintenance of indoor spaces, and designed to protect the health of building occupants and the environment. A scientific advisory board comprised of physicians and environmental specialists adds technical expertise to all programs. In addition to its GS-42 training program, the Building Wellness Institute also provides consulting and assessment services to help organizations develop and execute green cleaning initiatives that align with their environmental wellness goals, requirements and budgets.

About the Building Wellness Institute
The Building Wellness Institute helps facility managers, building owners, building service contractors (BSCs), and environmental services staff protect the health and comfort of their building occupants through comprehensive training, consulting and assessment programs. Our training programs and services, delivered by seasoned professionals with cross-discipline expertise in occupational and environmental medicine, public health, industrial hygiene, toxicology, and chemical engineering, are designed to facilitate GS-42 certification, gain points toward LEED certification, and support a wide range of environmental wellness goals. For commercial buildings, long-term care facilities, and educational institutions, the Building Wellness Institute enables you to make a vital contribution to public health and the environment that delivers unparalleled gains-in reputation, revenue and regulatory compliance.