Standards Matter

Sustainability Standards for Hard Surface Cleaners: Helping to Reduce Harmful Emissions

June 17, 2021

Why it matters

Cleaning products can be responsible for exposure to volatile chemicals, which can lead to respiratory irritation, headaches, nausea, dizziness and exacerbation of asthma. Long-term exposure may also contribute to cancer and other more serious health conditions. Because of the serious dangers cleaning product emissions can present to air quality in indoor environments such as schools, retail establishments, hotels and homes, Underwriters Laboratories has developed testing standards to help ensure these products are formulated safely and sustainably.

What we're doing

UL 2759, the Standard for Sustainability for Hard Surface Cleaners establishes human health and environmental criteria for products including bathroom cleaners, degreasers, dishwashing detergents, and glass cleaners. It prohibits the use of ingredients that have been classified as harmful or toxic for inhalation exposures, according to Consumer Chemicals and Containers Regulations (CCCR) SOR/2001-269. The Standard also prohibits cleaners from being formulated with carcinogens, mutagens, reproductive toxins or endocrine disruptors.

How you can help

Our Standards are developed through a consensus-based process, which integrates scientific and testing expertise with input from our Standards Technical Panel (STP) members and stakeholders. STP members represent a variety of interests, including industry, academia, government, retail and manufacturing. If you are involved in the development, formulation, sale or use of household and commercial cleaning products, and you would like to help improve safety in your industry, please submit a proposal or apply to join an STP.