Report Title:

Health; Environment; Cleaning Products

 

Description:

Directs the Department of Health to establish guidelines and specifications for certain types of environmentally-sensitive cleaning and maintenance products products. (HB1538 HD1)

 


HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

H.B. NO.

1538

TWENTY-FIFTH LEGISLATURE, 2009

H.D. 1

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT


 

 

RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTALLY-SENSITIVE PRODUCTS.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


SECTION 1. Chapter 321, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new section to be appropriately designated and to read as follows:

"321-    Environmentally-sensitive cleaning and maintenance products for use in public schools; guidelines. (a) The department of health shall establish guidelines and specifications for environmentally-sensitive cleaning and maintenance products for use in public school facilities from the following categories:

(1) Products used to clean hard surfaces in bathrooms such as counters, walls, floors, fixtures, basins, tubs, or tile;

(2) Products used to eliminate dirt and stains on rugs and carpeting;

(3) Products used for routine cleaning of hard surfaces, including impervious flooring such as concrete or tile; provided that this category shall not include:

(A) Products intended primarily to strip, polish, or wax floors; or

(B) Cleaners intended primarily for cleaning toilet bowls, dishes, laundry, upholstery, or wood;

(4) Products used to clean glass, windows, mirrors, or metallic or polished surfaces;

(5) Products used for routine, non-specialized hand cleaning;

(6) Paper towels or other paper used for cleaning; provided that this category shall not include toilet paper, facial tissue, or paper towels used for drying hands; and

(7) Other categories as identified in the department of health's guidelines and specifications.

(b) In developing appropriate criteria for the guidelines and specifications, the department shall review and evaluate existing research regarding environmentally-sensitive cleaning and maintenance products, including any research and guidance issued by the United States Environmental Protection Agency."

SECTION 2. New statutory material is underscored.

SECTION 3. This Act shall take effect upon its approval.