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  • 01 Sep 2015 7:40 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)
    Certification Courses

    Now you can get certified right from the comfort of your home and/or office, anytime day or night. Online Certification Courses and classes from the International Janitorial Cleaning Services Association are an excellent way for you to expand your knowledge and continue your education. All of our certification programs and materials are included with membership. 

    Members should certify at their own pace.

    IJCSA Master Certification (IMC) - The most comprehensive in depth online cleaning and janitorial certification program available today. 250+ questions w/ 110 written essay questions. Verbal oral exam. Average test certification time 4 hours. Average course study time 20 hours. All course materials available online.

    Bloodborne Certification (BPC)  Bloodborne Pathogens Certification OSHA I And OSHA II Approved. Are you at risk of exposure? Stay OSHA compliant. As someone who may come in contact with blood, you are required by OSHA to be trained in bloodborne pathogens. OSHA fines for non-compliance can be as high as $70,000. Avoid fines and stay compliant with effective training that will help keep you safe and up to date. Average test certification time 1 hour. Average course study time 2 hours. All course materials available online.

    Mold Inspection & Remediation Services (MIRS)-  Provides members the ability to identify and correct potential mold infestation in a residential home or commercial building. This IJCSA course will provide you with a fundamental knowledge about fungi and the potential health risks of toxic mold. 80 hours as required by law. All course materials available online. 

    Green Cleaning Company Certification (GCC)- Residential and commercial consumers are no longer satisfied with services saying they are green companies. In some commercial situations a certification is required for you to clean their building, so they stay current with their own certification process. Green cleaning is now the most popular choice for service providers based on health and environmental reasons. Average test certification time 2 hours. Average course study time 5-6 hours. All course materials available online.

    Chemical Hazards Certification  (CHC) Improve your understanding of the underlying health and environmental impacts of chemical hazards by reviewing the toxic effects of materials and the basic mechanism of MSDS. Average test certification time 2 hours. Average course study time3 hours. All course materials available online.

    Customer Service Certification (CSC) A company's reputation is only as good as the customer service it provides. Please a customer, and your client base will swell with relatives and neighbors who catch wind of your top-notch service. But upset one, and brace yourself for disaster. Average test certification time 1 hour. Average course study time 1 hour. All course materials available online.

  • 31 Aug 2015 7:42 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    A former employee at a San Diego County specialty food company said his supervisor ordered him to dump chemicals in public drain.

    Marcos Estes, an ex-janitor at Fresh Creative Foods in Vista, told NBC 7 Investigates he shot video of the July 15 incident on his cellphone.

    His boss allegedly ordered him and his co-workers to dump the partial contents of 75 chemical containers in a drain at the company’s warehouse on Birch Street. Estes said he had no training in chemicals or waste disposal.

    “At the time, I didn't realize how dangerous the chemicals were," Estes told NBC 7 Investigates.

    He said those chemicals burned his skin, damaged his lungs and harmed a co-worker who helped him get rid of the substances. Estes started recording the dumping when he realized the chemicals could injure people and were a danger to the environment.

    "This stuff got inside the gloves, inside my boots, and burned my hands, burned my feet and my knee, my back and my shoulder,” he said.

    More at source: NBC San Diego

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  • 28 Aug 2015 8:12 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    HUDSON, Mass. —A former Hudson elementary school janitor is suing the school district, claiming her boss ignored her complaints that she was being sexually harassed by a co-worker.

    Sandra Nguyen, who worked for more than nine years at the Farley School, alleges her supervisor failed to take action when she complained that a colleague was showing up to work intoxicated, leering at her and making explicit comments about her body, MetroWest Daily News reported Thursday.

    Nguyen, who was fired by the school district last year, claims she then faced retaliation from her superiors for speaking out about her treatment and for raising concerns about the behavior of another custodian.

    In a lawsuit filed earlier this year in Middlesex Superior Court, Nguyen claims she suffered "substantial emotional and financial harm" as a result, including loss of wages and benefits. She is seeking at least $28,000 in back wages, as well as attorneys' fees and exemplary and punitive damages.

    More at source: WCVB

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  • 27 Aug 2015 7:24 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    A company with a big contract to clean the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is accused of misleading county officials and shortchanging minority businesses in the process.

    When the Broward County Commission awarded Sunshine Cleaning a $62 million janitorial contract at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport, the firm promised to spread 30 percent of that wealth to small and minority companies to fulfill its obligations under the County Business Enterprise program.

    But the company then created a scheme to mislead the county regarding minority participation, according an Office of Inspector General report issued Wednesday, claiming in reports filed with the county that it provided nearly $11 million in business to those small companies, but in reality only giving about $660,000 in business to them.

    Video and more at source: Local 10

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  • 25 Aug 2015 9:15 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    MOSCOW -- Russian authorities have begun to remove foreign brands of detergent and washing powder from stores, claiming that they pose health risks.

    The Consumer Protection Agency said in a statement on Tuesday that recent inspections of selected goods by top foreign brands such as Colgate-Palmolive and Procter & Gamble have found high levels of toxic ingredients.

    Moscow extended its ban earlier this month on selected food imports from the EU and other countries. Russia, however, has not banned the imports of detergent and washing liquid and most of the producers mentioned by the agency have production facilities in Russia.

    More at source: CBS

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  • 21 Aug 2015 9:06 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)
    Union members protest Teva Pharmaceuticals in Montgomery Township

    “They came to work every single day and performed their jobs well,” said Daisy Cruz, Mid-Atlantic District leader for the Service Employees International Union-affiliated 32BJ, which represents property service workers. “They did nothing wrong. This was a decision based on numbers, they are not looking at the lives they have affected.”

    Estela Rios worked five years as a day porter for Teva, earning $14.50 an hour with benefits washing windows and keeping the lobby and bathrooms clean. Through an interpreter, Rios said that on March 13, she and nine of her coworkers were unexpectedly told it would be their final week of employment.

    “They suddenly changed contracts, there was no warning that this would be happening,” Rios said. “We have not heard from them since we left.”

    After five months of emails, phone calls and letters with no response, Rios and her former coworkers walked to the main gate Thursday in an attempt to meet with Teva officials face-to-face. Led by Cruz, they were met at the front entrance by a Teva representative who did not identify himself. He would not allow the group past security and advised them to use the contact information on the website to communicate with the company executives.

    More at source: Bucks County Courier

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  • 19 Aug 2015 11:53 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    SACRAMENTO – Norcal Floor Services, Inc., a North Highlands based janitorial service that had contracts with several area markets, has been hit with citations totaling $459,573 for wage theft. Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su issued the citations after a nearly two-year investigation and audit of the company that alleges they paid 12 workers, many of them recent immigrants from El Salvador, an average wage of $7.53 per hour. California’s minimum wage ranged from $8 to $9 per hour during that period.

    The investigation and audit alleges that managers threatened to fire workers who complained about working up to seven days in a row every week, for up to 9 hours a day, without breaks of any kind.

    A few of the janitors contacted the Maintenance Cooperation Trust Fund (MCTF), a janitorial watchdog organization, about the workplace abuses. MCTF helped them file a complaint with the Labor Commissioner’s Office.

    The citations against Norcal Floor Services include $456,073 for unpaid minimum wages and overtime, liquidated damages and rest and meal period premiums. The Labor Commissioner also assessed $3,500 in penalties for violating overtime, minimum wage, rest and meal period requirements, and for failing to provide itemized wage statements. The janitors’ payments range from $560 to $81,915, based on the amount of time worked during the investigation period.

    More at source: CVBJ

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  • 18 Aug 2015 9:12 AM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Jefferson Hospital

    The source of an unusual odor at Jefferson Hospital Monday night was determined to be a spilled cleaning product, a spokeswoman for the hospital said.

    Spokeswoman Candy Williams said staff alerted the fire department to an unusual smell in the hospital around 9 p.m.

    Crews discovered shortly after that the source of the smell was a cleaning product that spilled in a storage room on the same floor as the operating rooms, Allegheny Health Network Media Relations Director Dan Laurent said.

    Williams said as of 10 p.m., the spill had been cleaned up, but firefighters remained at the scene to help with ventilation.

    At no time were there any evacuations or impact on patient care, Williams said. 

    Source: WPXI

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  • 13 Aug 2015 1:18 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Photo - There is no getting around it. You can put it off as much as you want, but eventually you will have to clean. Why not have the best products on hand to make the job easier? Here are seven products that will change the way you look at cleaning. (Alexander Raths, © )

    There is nothing like having a clean house. It can make the difference between a stressful home or a peaceful one. Here are seven miraculous cleaning products that will change your life and make your home and family life that much better.

    1. A good vacuum

    I hated my carpet. We had only lived in our home three years and we already needed to replace the carpets. They were dingy, flat and definitely not something you wanted your kids playing on. Then, something came into my life that was a complete game changer. I got a new vacuum. I had a nice vacuum before; it’s a vacuum, and all it needs to do is suck up the gunk on the floor, right? WRONG. I discovered the powers of a Dyson Vacuum. This vacuum worked wonders on my carpets. They look brand new again. I vacuumed the day before with my old vacuum and it was shocking to hear and see just how much my Dyson picked up off the floor just a day later. My carpet is soft, clean and inviting now. Trust me, it is well worth the money spent. I spent more buying vacuum after vacuum before. Having a good vacuum changes everything.

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    2. Bar Keepers Friend

    This should really be named Bar Keepers BEST Friend. Seriously, this stuff is fantastic! I can't think of an area of my home I haven't used it on. You can use it anywhere, from outdoors right into your kitchen. I fell in love with this product when I was struggling with hard water stains on my glass shower. A friend recommended it to me, and as a last resort I gave it a shot. I was immediately hooked. After using it, you couldn't even tell there was glass there. It was perfect! It works great in the kitchen to shine up stainless steel sinks and even cookware.

    Bar Keepers Friend can be found at all retail stores. Visit www.barkeepersfriend.comfor more information.

    3. Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

    I bet I am not the only parent out there that has walked into a room to discover it newly redecorated with toddler artwork all over the walls. I don't panic anymore. I know that the Magic Eraser will get it off. I use this product on my walls way more than I should admit. It is also great for getting scuff marks off baseboards and for cleaning up dingy blinds. I have even used it to spruce up tennis shoes before handing them down to my next son. I always make sure to have one on hand. You never know when you will need it.

    More at source: News OK

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  • 11 Aug 2015 1:25 PM | IJCSA - (Administrator)

    Concerns about hospital "superbugs" have spotlighted the need to prevent the spread of germs in health-care settings. But a new report reveals a disturbing lack of knowledge on something as basic as proper cleaning of a patient's room.

    Very little research addresses the best ways to disinfect and sanitize the hard surfaces in a hospital room, investigators report in the Aug. 11 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.

    "We basically found that there are studies available to guide actions, but there are much fewer than you might expect for such an important issue," said lead author Dr. Craig Umscheid, an assistant professor of medicine and epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia.

    At any given time, about one in every 25 hospital patients has an infection they got from being at a hospital, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. An estimated 721,000 health care-related infections occurred in 2011, which led to about 75,000 deaths, the authors noted in background information.

    Hand-washing receives much attention for preventing the spread of germs, but disinfecting the hard surfaces in an examination room or hospital suite can be just as important, Umscheid said. Many dangerous germs are spread by touching counters, floors, tray tables, bed rails, IV pulls, light switches, toilets, and even call buttons.

    Many experts believe that only 50 percent of surfaces are typically disinfected during cleaning of a patient's room, according to background notes.

    For this report, researchers reviewed 80 studies published between 1998 and 2014.

    The investigators found only five randomized, controlled trials that explored the best ways to disinfect surfaces. Most were before/after studies, in which germs were measured on a surface before and after a cleaning product had been used.

    Fewer than 35 percent of the studies focused on infection rates or spread of disease due to unclean surfaces, the researchers said.

    They also found that most studies only examined the effectiveness of a single cleaning product or method, rather than comparing it against others.

    More at source: WEBMD

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Be Safe! Bloodborne Certification Course!

HIV, HEPATITIS B, HEPATITIS C.... Are you and your staff prepared? IJCSA BIOHAZARD CERTIFICATION provides you the knowledge you need to keep yourself and staff safe. The Federal OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard was published in 1991. It was  designed to reduce and minimize the potential for occupational exposure to the Human  Immunodeficiency Virus, or more commonly referred to HIV, the Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) and  other human Bloodborne pathogens. This audio/visual training program combines  photographs, animation and voice over text to make retention of the material easier. The course will inform you about precautions you must take to eliminate the risk of infectious diseases that can be contracted through exposure and the proper methods of handling potential contaminants.

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IJCSA Cleaning And Janitorial Certification Programs: Now you can get certified right from the comfort of your home and/or office. Anytime, day or night. Online certification courses are an excellent way for you to expand your knowledge, and the knowledge of your employees. All of our certification programs, course materials, and tests are included FREE with membership.

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