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  • 20 Jun 2021 12:14 AM | Georgios Stathopoulos

    Workplaces and facilities are constantly packed with people. Offices, restrooms, cafeterias, elevators, and conference rooms are high traffic areas on a daily basis. These areas are used by typing on a keyboard on your desk, placing touching your desk, a doorknob, a light switch, faucets, cafeteria tables, the list goes on and on. Because all these surfaces are being touched daily, germs, bacteria, and viruses can be spread. In addition, grime and dust that develops overtime, can make office facilities look bad, but also be a cause to spread illnesses. For facilities to look good and be safe and healthy for customers and employees, Janitors and Janitorial Staff are an essential service.

    Having Janitors and Janitorial Staff is imperative to keep your facilities healthy and clean, and it shows to the community that you are committed to sustainable and innovative practices. However, not all Janitors and Janitorial staff can achieve this goal without proper training. Janitors and Janitorial staff need to have training on modern cleaning practices such as Green cleaning to reduce and eliminate health risks and protect our environment. Janitors and Janitorial Staff need to be trained on Bloodborne pathogens and cleaning chemicals, so they can maintain facilities safe for everyone. When there is a professional janitorial service in your facility, you want to have your peace of mind knowing that the practices they follow are safe, and they can always maintain that perfect image to your clients that reflects your level of professionalism.

    Besides maintaining good appearances of your facilities and the health and safety of your clients and employees another important benefit Janitors and Janitorial staff to our daily lives is increased productivity. Junk and clutter may prevent you from finding an important document or a secure digital card, and now you must waste your time finding those valuable items. Having your office cleaned can help your office be organized; thus, leading to more productivity and less time wasted. In addition, having a professional janitorial service in your facilities can improve morale. A clean facility can have a positive effect on your employee’s morale. Your employees will feel great and will take pride in their workspace and which can also lead them to produce higher quality work. Therefore, Janitors and Janitorial Staff are important to your daily live, and you should strongly consider adding one into your business. Don’t know where to look? Click here and of IJCSA trained professional janitorial services can help you with your needs!

  • 19 Jun 2021 10:34 PM | Georgios Stathopoulos

    In the janitorial industry, there will be a time when we will come across to clean facilities that deal with blood and body fluids that are affected. Removing trash that contains used syringes, handling laundry from medical facilities soiled with blood, or simply cleaning up after a sick person is especially important to know how to help eliminate exposure and even the spread of harmful bloodborne pathogens. There needs to be education and training on bloodborne pathogens and set up processes and systems in place to minimize exposure, and in case of contamination to have a plan in place for the isolation and prevention of spreading bloodborne pathogens. Therefore, it is imperative for cleaning techs and staff to know everything about bloodborne pathogen standards to help prevent exposure.

    Bloodborne pathogens are microorganisms in blood and bodily fluids that cause diseases to humans. Bloodborne pathogens are spread through direct contact (blood, bodily fluids), indirect contact (an object e.g. needlestick, that contains blood or body fluid of an infected person), and respiratory droplet transmission (sneeze or cough). Cleaning techs and staff need to be educated and trained on universal precautions and be able to apply that knowledge successfully. This means to have an understanding of bloodborne pathogens (e.g. HIV, HBV), washing hands before and after handling items and objects that deal with blood and bodily fluids, wear always PPE equipment, and practice controls to limit exposure to bloodborne pathogens. Furthermore, cleaning techs and staff must know what to do immediately after they have been exposed to a bloodborne pathogen, and how to handle to promote exposure control. Finally, there must be a post exposure management protocol in place, so immediate confidential medical evaluations can be provided to the effected employee at no cost. Having all these in place helps to prevent bloodborne pathogen exposure.

    Bloodborne pathogens are real and harmful. Not knowing what they are, and how to work with them without education and training is sending your staff and cleaning techs to their doom. Therefore, it is imperative for your staff and cleaning techs to pass through a bloodborne pathogen certification to educate your employees for their safety, their clients, and the community. Having an education on bloodborne pathogens will prepare your staff and cleaning techs with the necessary tools and equipment to deal with issues like these and carry out their jobs successfully having a peace of mind knowing that everyone is safe.

  • 19 Jun 2021 8:11 PM | Amy Zalkin

    Paramount to cleaning touch surfaces; knowledge and training about bloodborne pathogens (BBP) and protecting yourself and staff members when coming into contact must be universal and transparent. This article will explain the  importance of bloodborne pathogen training and how it effects the quality, health, and safety of those exposed in a cleaning setting. 

    Several setting will potentially put a cleaning technician in direct contact with bloodborne pathogens such as, blood, vomit, urine, saliva, etc.   Most notably, hospitals and healthcare settings will have some of the greatest chances for this to occur. Other settings where exposure to BBP can occur are: schools, residential/commercial/restoration cleaning crews , garbage collectors, to name a few. In order to ensure safety and quality, every staff member and or employee who may come into contact with BBP's must be trained in identifying and properly disposing of and or cleaning materials contaminated with BBP.

    Consequently, wearing proper personal protector equipment (PPE) while cleaning or sanitizing is the best way to prevent accidental exposure to these bio-hazards.  As each employee is trained in what BBP's are they must also be educated in best practices for cleaning and sanitizing. Equally important are PPE used to reduce exposure, such as: goggles, splash guard/face shields, respirators, gloves--chemical resistant, aprons or suits, and most importantly taking care to avoid needle sticks or punctures, and reporting any accidents to their appropriate supervisor.

    As a final step, thorough hand washing, avoiding facial touching, and wearing masks will ensure protection against illnesses and exposure to potentially life threatening toxins.  Following these practices will ensure transparency across quality, health, safety of each cleaning staff member, and utilizing best industry cleaning practices.

  • 19 Jun 2021 7:53 PM | ROBIN CAMPANELLA

    Learning on how to handle bloodborne pathogens

    Handling  labeled material's and disposal, also taking precautions on cleaning & disposal.  Handle contaminated laundry cautiously.  Laundry bags need to be  properly labeled color coded containers  if they are being transferred to another facility this also includes gloves and equipment.  Always wear protective equipment , never manually compress trash.  Never eat, drink or smoke or use any type of lip balm in areas that there could possibly be blood borne pathogen exposures.  Avoid spattering or splashing when cleaning up.  Never reuse Towels or Sponges.  Do not bend or recap contaminated needles.  If you think you were exposed to bloodborne pathogens contact your supervisor and or physician and watch for symptoms and when a exposure has happened the (Supervisor)  needs to keep records for 3 years after the exposure.   Have a written control expose plan and this plan needs to be updated at all times, reviewing the plan annually. Always decontaminate surfaces and or areas with disinfectants and always disinfect cleaning equipment and materials

    Always wash your hands properly. 


  • 19 Jun 2021 7:04 PM | Anonymous member

    Implementing medical cleaning practices in residential and commercial cleaning can only improve your success in reducing or eliminating the spread of germs or viruses. With the COVID-19 pandemic, many are requiring that cleaning companies offer this specialized service to protect themselves, their coworkers and their families when they go home. 

    Now more than ever, it's wise to implement medical cleaning practices at home. Infection prevention and control is no longer seen as a healthcare only issue. The frontlines are everywhere, including the commercial workplace and our homes. 

    As professionals, we need to close the gap between this specialized cleaning practice to better service all of our customers in any environment, including residential cleaning. 

    When it's all said and done, there is no question that our specialized cleaning services will be required in every aspect of our industry. By staying ahead of the curve now, we will ensure and enhance the trust that our customers put in us. 

    To find a Certified Medical Cleaning company. Please click on the IJCSA Business directory here: Janitorial Service Directory

  • 19 Jun 2021 5:38 PM | Anonymous
    Being highly skilled when working with bloodborne pathogens is beneficial not just limited to cleaning staff, to the general public as well. It produces you with the knowledge and skills to create a safe environment. It is of importance staff are proficient on the topic for infinite reasons. Cleaners are responsible for containing Bloodborne Pathogens, decontaminating the soiled area to prevent exposure & use appropriate disinfectants. The training of Bloodborne Pathogens can aid in the help of preventing routes of transmission, exposure and spread of infectious disease. Bloodborne pathogens are microorganisms such as virus or bacteria, existing in human blood, that can evoke fatal diseases in humans. Two examples of bloodborne pathogens are Hepatitis B Virus & Human Immunodeficiency Virus. Hepatitis B Virus is a liver disease that causes inflammation of the liver. Half of the public infected do not develop any symptoms until their liver is already damaged. Symptoms of Hepatitis B Virus can take 2-6 months to develop. Human Immunodeficiency Virus attacks the immune system and can lead to AIDS (Aquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) and the complete breakdown of the immune system. There is no vaccination against AIDS & no proven cure. HIV symptoms may not be present for years after infection. Not only are Bloodborne pathogens transmitted upon contact with infected human blood but other infected bodily fluids as well. The routes of transmission you are likely to come across in your occupation are contaminated sharps, splash or spray to a mucous membrane (mouth or eyes), a contaminated inanimate objects, human bites & needlestick injuries. To prevent exposure, proper handling and disposal of used/soiled items or pathological waste is crucial and based on the assumption all blood, body secretions, are potentially infectious.
  • 19 Jun 2021 3:31 PM | Lillian Knight

    As a member of the IJCSA we strive to give our customers the best care possible not just satisfaction but over all contentedness with the services we provide our customer at IJCSA is our #1 priority.

    Fulfilling our customers needs and desires not only brings peace of mind to our customers but, to the company as a well. Our customer service is trustworthy and we are here to ensure satisfaction. We go together hand and hand. So we strive to give all of our customers the respect and happiness they deserve.   

  • 19 Jun 2021 1:46 PM | Trenn Giordano

    Bloodborne pathogens are found in the human blood and other body fluids.  Facility employees such as janitors, housekeepers, or custodians,may be at risk of exposure to blood and other body fluids in the workplace. If not treated properly , exposure can lead to serious illness if not sometimes death . This is why we discuss why it is important to have a proper knowledge and practice on health and safety regarding cleanliness & blood pathogens .

    Exposure to bloodborne pathogens mostly comes from the mucus membrane , or in other words through the mouth airways and nose airways . This means that if exposed , you can possibly be at risk simply by eating or drinking in the contaminated environment . Jobs like school custodians , hospital janitors , can be the  most risk considering all the possibilities that can be present such as : a school fight , an accidental slip that lead to injuries , a sick student , all of these are scenarios to take caution and act accordingly .  Result of not taking proper action can lead to severe illness such as hepatitis b (hbv) or HIV. 

    So what can you do as an employee to take caution & act responsibly to any of these scenarios  ? First , you can put up proper signs and posts to inform others around that it is a hazardous area . Secondly there are safety practices that you should take such as protective equipment such as goggles , mask , gloves, all to reduce the risk of being infected . Lastly , washing the area thoroughly with soap and water , disinfect the area  removing any item if any that may be infected and segregate it in its own place , making sure that the exposure stops with you .

  • 19 Jun 2021 11:02 AM | Jacqueline Cupples

    It is more critical now more than ever, with the Covid 19 pandemic, that we take preventative measures when cleaning. Cleaning should be top priority, and with that a thorough plan should be set in place. With a strong plan set in place, both the workplace and the employees  are safe.

    First, we need to understand that bloodborne pathogens are found in a humans blood, vomit, and sometimes saliva that could be harmful if direct contact is made causing serious diseases. These diseases include HIV, HBV, and Hepatitis. We can expose ourselves to these pathogens thru our nose and mouth, but also thru cuts and scrapes on our skin. To prevent ourselves from becoming ill, it is imperative to follow Oshas Universal Precaution, which recommends that blood and certain body fluids from ALL patients be considered potentially infectious and that infection control precautions be taken to minimize the risk of exposure. 

    Some precautions required by my cleaning employees are that they wear proper PPE including a facemask and gloves. Anything containing human fluids are to be places in a red hazardous bad and any needles or sharp items be places in a needle container. Proper disinfecting of the area followed by proper disinfecting and/or disposal of the cleaning tools,  PPE and washing our hands. Strictly following these  few guidelines can minimize the risk of exposure and keepong everyone healthy. 

  • 19 Jun 2021 9:13 AM | Carolyn Gray

    Implementing a green cleaning system in your commercial or residential business provides a healthier environment.  It reduces the need to use harsh chemicals that can have a negative long term effect on an individual's health.

    Using the program in the workforce makes facilities healthier and safer for all employees.  The green cleaning system reduces bottles in our landfills.

    Due to the Covid- 19 pandemic  I believe it is best for cleaning service providers to implement a green cleaning system for all clients. While providing exceptional service, your clients will know that we are making their facilities safe an healthier.

    Overall the implementation of the green cleaning system improves air quality and is a cost saving measure of cleaning product/s.

    Find Professional Certified Green Cleaning Companies Here

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