Effective cleaning no longer means using hazardous chemicals, solvents and detergents. In fact, the EPA is tightening regulations governing petroleum-based cleaners. Fortunately, there's a new breed of cleaners on the market that keep your plant clean and present an environmentally safe alternative to hydrocarbon-based cleaners. Understanding the importance of clean, safe floors is the first step. Oils, solvents, coolants, acids and water are common ingredients in many processes. These same liquids invariably leak, spray and spill onto floors, setting the stage for slip-and-fall accidents. By instituting good housekeeping practices, you can virtually eliminate this all-too-common workplace hazard.