Discovering safe cleaning for school buildings to reduce harmful chemical, particle and microbial footprint.

Project Details


The aim of this multi-disciplinary research project is to shed light on the impacts of cleaning in schools on exposure to harmful chemical and microbiological impurities. We will conduct a questionnaire survey to recognize commonly used cleaning agents and to explore how the cleaning practices involving these chemicals is related to symptom reports in schools. Laboratory and chamber tests will be used to investigate emissions and the toxicological potential of cleaning chemicals. Simulations and optimisation of ventilation automation aims to minimize cleaning associated exposure. We will implement a cleaning intervention study in classrooms including a broad field monitoring campaign to test approaches that aim at limiting harmful exposures. Based on the results of the research, we will formulate recommendations on cleaning methods, cleaning agents and ventilation optimization to reduce exposure. The results will be applicable not only to schools, but also to other public buildings.
Effective start/end date01/09/202031/08/2024

Collaborative partners

  • Aalto University (lead)
  • Suomen Akatemia (Project partner)
  • Terveyden ja hyvinvoinnin laitos (THL)
  • Vaasan yliopisto

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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