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The spa offers a number of greening opportunities, particularly in the areas of water and energy reduction and waste management improvements. Opportunities abound for making smart purchasing choices that can reduce the amount of toxins both workers and patrons are exposed abound.
Indoor air quality is an important factor for many patrons in spas. The guide, "Building Air Quality: A Guide for Building Owners and Facility Managers", developed by EPA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, provides practical suggestions on preventing, identifying, and resolving indoor air quality (IAQ) problems in public and commercial buildings.
For facilities with salons, EPA developed a guide, Protecting the Health of Nail Salon Workers to help workers and nail salon owners make their salons safer workplaces. The guide includes easy-to-use checklists with advice on topics such as proper gloves, masks, and handling of products. The guide’s non-technical language will help workers understand product ingredients and how to prevent overexposure to those that present potential health risks.
Choosing less hazardous cleaning products that have positive environmental attributes, and taking steps to reduce exposure can minimize harmful impacts to custodial workers and building occupants, improves indoor air quality, and reduces water and ambient air pollution, while also ensuring the effectiveness of cleaning in removing biological and other contaminants from the building’s interior.
You can make smart environmental purchasing decisions for spas not only with cleaners but a variety of other products. For example, switching to reusable drink glasses, using low VOC paint, purchasing furniture from sustainable wood or printer paper with post-consumer recycled paper content are small changes that can make a big difference. Buying products with recycled content ensures that recycling programs around the country are successful.
Although not unique to spas, lighting retrofits and energy efficient appliances, such as washing machines for example, can save significant amounts of money as well as reduce the greenhouse gas emissions generated. EPA’s Energy Star partnership programs offer a proven energy management strategy that helps in measuring current energy performance, setting goals, tracking savings, and rewarding improvements. For tools that will assist you in calculating your cost savings if you purchase or upgrade to Energy Star qualified commercial equipment and in calculating your return on investment (ROI), please visit the calculator tool.
In order to change your method of operation on a long-term basis to a more environmentally friendly one, you may want to create a plan that includes all aspects of greening your operations and which is easy to understand and implement. This can be done through the creation of an Environmental Management System . If you are building a new facility or remodeling an existing building, there are significant opportunities to construct in a manner that reduces the environmental impact of the building and can save money in the long run.