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  • 20 Jul 2020 6:21 PM | Hunter Hollis

    It is essential to maintaining a safe and clean environment that cleaning staff are educated on bloodborne pathogensOSHA estimates that 5.6 million workers in the health care industry and related occupations are at risk of occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens It is important that cleaning employees and staff know how to combat these pathogens.. Bloodborne pathogens are infectious microorganisms in human blood that can cause disease in humans. These pathogens include, but are not limited to: hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Needlesticks and other abrasions/open cuts/wounds may expose workers to blood borne pathogens. You never know what disease someone may have so when exposed to human blood or bodily fluids its best to treat everything as if it is infectious. 

    It is important to use appropriate cleaning materials for blood borne pathogens and to use proper equipment. PPE should always be worn to avoid and reduce risk of infection from blood borne pathogens. A written exposure control plan should be written out and discussed/updated annually. If an exposure is to occur, a record must be kept of the incident for three years. But having planned out procedures on how to recognize and contain hazards we can efficiently protect ourselves while eliminating and disposing of contaminated materials.

    Universal precautions should be taken when cleaning bloodborne pathogens; labeling or color-coding is sufficient enough to let all employees know that compliance with the Universal Precautions is required. Proper labeling is required if contained pathogens are being transported to another disposal service/facility. All personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies/tools must be disinfected after cleaning bloodborne pathogens.




  • 13 Jul 2020 8:33 PM | SHINISE FIELDS

    The importance of educating your employees and cleaning staff on Bloodborne Pathogens are beneficial to their safety and all others. OSHA (Occupational Safety Health Administration) has a standard practice regarding Bloodborne Pathogens. As part of the standard, OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens training was made mandatory for certain businesses, primarily those in the healthcare sector. As an employer we meet that standard and educate our employees on the All Protocols when deal with Bloodborne Pathogens.

    Providing that training to staff & employees, allows the benefit of safety and knowledge on how to encounter such, when handling sharp bins, bio-waste or any other potential contaminated object. That training also provide what to do and who to contact in the event exposure. Most importantly, it is the foundation to prevent such error because of it not being taught through training.

    When taking a new client in the healthcare setting and providing them with a certainty that your staff & employees are educated and trained in Bloodborne Pathogens to prevent exposure tells a lot about your values as a company. It assures them that their safety as well as your company safety is important.    

    Shinise Fields, CEO

    Globalize Services, LLC


  • 13 Jul 2020 5:47 PM | Pamela Smith

    Bloodborne pathogens are pathogenic microorganisms that are present in human blood and can cause certain diseases in humans. Some diseases caused by these pathogens can include, Hepatitis B virus (HBV) a type of liver disease that inflames the liver and leads to liver damage and sometimes liver cancer.

    Another bloodborne pathogen is Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) which is also associated with aids. Both diseases can show no symptoms for years after infection so, if you feel you may have contacted any of these diseases you should get tested. To avoid diseases such as the ones listed above we must not only educate the staff and employees who may come into contact with these bloodborne pathogens so they have a lowered risk of being infected but so others do as well. Due to these concerns, The Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention established the "Universal Precaution". Meaning that blood and certain body fluids from all patients should be considered potentially infectious and that infection control precautions be taken to minimize the risk of exposure.

    Some additional protocol to follow would be alternate coloring for or labeling for soiled laundry while using Universal Precaution to let all employees that Universal Precaution is required. All employees must know and follow the Universal precaution because bloodborne pathogens have the potential to shorten and make life a burden and that is the last thing that is wanted.

  • 13 Jul 2020 5:10 PM | DERRICK MACK

    Every employer as well as employee want to work in an environment that is safe for all and promotes further learning for better working conditions. It can’t be stressed enough, that a system that is in place should be adhered to for overall safety. OSHA has implemented a system that prepares anyone who will be working in bloodborne pathogen facilities with varies ways to protect themselves from the spread of these pathogenic microorganisms. When an employee is trained properly in bloodborne pathogens it helps to mitigate problems that could arise in the future. Employing better ways of dealing with potential bloodborne pathogens with employees will help to increase productivity on the job due to lack of absenteeism, when exposure occurs. The importance of staff being well trained in bloodborne pathogens will help to ensure that employees can be cared for properly in the workplace when coming into contact with these bloodborne pathogens by using their own exposure control plan.

    Knowledge of bloodborne pathogens will also help employees as well as staff to be able to recognize people who may have the symptoms of hepatitis B virus, Covid, and HIV, so that they may be more in tuned with their surroundings and the people in which they are dealing with. Equally important, is being proficient in administering proper clean up of bodily fluids and spills that occur on floors, surfaces, and linen that needs to be removed from bedding of individuals that have blood borne pathogens.

    The universal system that has been adopted by OSHA also helps those who have not been fully acclimated to the ways of dealing with bloodborne pathogens to be able to know what to do when certain color receptacles and labels are present.  Overall, having well trained employees and staff in bloodborne pathogens allows for our clients to rest more easily with the assurance that OSHA trained cleaners are on the job.


  • 13 Jul 2020 4:58 PM | Kenny Vanessa Monchez

    I decided to take this carpet cleaning certification course since it will help my business to grow due that carpet cleaning services is one of the potentials services we are planning to start offering our our company, in the meantime I am a true believer that knowledge is power and I am truly thankful with IJCSA that is offering all of this opportunities of learning to all of the ones that care enough about their customers and their company to make some time to learn more about the cleaning industry.

    Another thing that I would like to add is that this courses keep opening my eyes to all that is around us (germs, insects etc) that we are not able to see it with a naked eye but exists , so this classes are not only going to be beneficial for my customers and company , it is also helping me to be a better person and care even more about my kids and family's health. 

    Find professional certified carpet cleaning companies here. 

  • 13 Jul 2020 4:09 PM | Karla Watson

            Bloodborne pathogens are pathogenic microorganisms that are present in human blood, and can cause disease in humans. Cleaning professionals can be exposed to these pathogens while performing basic duties such as trash removal, handling laundry, or cleaning up after a sick person. Taking proper precautions when performing such duties can prevent serious illness, or even death. 

            Being exposed to bloodborne pathogens leaves cleaning professionals, and others, at risk of contracting lifelong diseases. Any person facing potential exposure should be aware of the hazards and risks, in addition to knowing and applying proper precautions to avoid contracting disease. Most occupational exposure occurs when the pathogens come in contact with mucous membranes. Knowing this and the precautions that should be taken to avoid exposure when cleaning can save lives.

         Some precautions that should be taken to reduce, or even eliminate, the potential of contracting diseases such as HIV or HBV include: wearing gloves and eye protection, being careful not to compress bags when removing trash, and being careful to clean up and dispose of fluids and contaminates in a way that will not cause any splashing or spattering. It is also very important to follow the universal precaution recommending that blood and certain other bodily fluids be considered potentially infectious, and that infection control precautions be taken to minimize the risk of exposure.

         An effective way to reduce or eliminate contracting disease from bloodborne pathogens is by teaching cleaning professionals and others who may encounter blood or other bodily fluids about precautions that can and should be taken for their own safety, as well as those around them. 

  • 13 Jul 2020 4:05 PM | Elizabeth Marquez

    We at IJCSA take COVID-19 virus seriously and care about you and your loved ones Health & Safety.  Whether you are going into work or working from home, the COVID-19 pandemic has probably changed the way you work and live everyday. 

    With the majority of the States reopening and placing mandatory requirements in order for all of us to follow we need to be aware of practicing social distancing , Disinfecting our homes or place of business and other daily habits to reduce the risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. 

    Reopening the country will strongly rely on Cleaning Services like ours IJCSA to be prepared, knowledgeable and ready to service you and your needs by maintaining your home or place of business completely sanitized, cleaned and disinfected to reduce the risk of exposure to you, your loved ones and staff members.

    As members of IJCSA we are fully trained to help you navigate through these difficult times. How, you may ask? We can help take away the unnecessary daily stresses of having you or your staff clean your home or place of business by providing an experienced, prepared and knowledgeable staff member who will do the cleaning for you.

    Our staff members are ready to serve you with a friendly smile and provide you with impeccable service you will always remember GUARANTEED.  For your peace of mind we use CDC/ EPA- registered chemicals for the removal of germs, dirt and impurities from surfaces and with detail cleaning, that may lower the risk of spreading the infection. Our staff members are also screened on a daily basis and will be uniformed with face masks and gloves at all times during their shifts.

    We strive on making you our #1 PRIORITY! Give us a call today, provide us your need and leave the worry to US!

    If you would more information about IJCSA you may click on the link below..

    ijcsa.org


  • 13 Jul 2020 3:12 PM | Antonio Rios

    Finding a reputable home cleaning service can be as easy as conducting a search through a trusted organization like IJCSA. There are a few key points a customer should use in order to find the right service for them.

    First, Interview the housekeeping or maid serviceYour going to want to be comfortable having them in your home. Ask for a background check. This will ensure you have a trust worthy person working for you.

    Ask about rates. See if the services you need are within your budget. Establish clear expectations. Be specific about your needs so that a fair price can be established. Get the house ready. This means putting away anything of value or is very fragile or easily broken if moved. 

    Ask about cleaning supplies. Ask whether you have to supply anything or ask what cleaning supplies they will use and if you may be affected by any of the chemicals they use. Lastly, ask if they're green. This means they use cleaning supplies or chemicals that are safe for the environment or safe to use around children and pets.

    Follow these simple steps and you are sure to find just the right cleaning service for you.  


  • 13 Jul 2020 1:27 PM | Ieisha Beatty

    Now more than ever we as the owners, cleaners, and staff needs to take the utmost precaution precaution & preventive, measures when cleaning especially doing these time with the Coronavirus (Covid-19). Having a clean home or a clean business should be our 1st Priority, we all should have a nice clean and sanitized environment. That's why training is provided within this area, which is called the Bloodborne Pathogens.

    Before letting any of the cleaning employees go and clean, I will make sure that each one of them had taken the certifications needed especially this one. Having the knowledge, guide, and map to know what to do when handling with human blood, vomit, or saliva. Which may have a disease that could be contracted from it just by not being careful. These disease can include HIV, HBV, and Hepatitis, these can be exposed through a cut or scrap on the skin, and also through nose, mouth and eyes. 

    That's following the right procedures and wearing the proper PPE can limit a chance of exposure and keeping everyone safe and healthy. At Cherish Lou Cleaning Service we take all the necessary precautions by wear shoe covers and changing them throughout cleaning the home/business. We wear face mask, wash hand throughout cleaning and properly disinfect the home or business. Everyone will be properly trained and certified!

  • 13 Jul 2020 12:48 PM | Carolina Herrera

    Bloodborne pathogens are disease-causing microorganisms that can be transmitted through blood or bodily fluids. It is important to treat all bloodborne pathogens carefully because they can be potentially harmful.

    Proper cleaning methods and prevention should always be used to protect yourself and others. Cleaners should have a very good training to avoid the risk of bloodborne pathogens exposure, this is why workers who are exposed to blood and any body fluids must take all the universal precautions and follow the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) standard, created in 1991, which is composed of a written plan, entitled the exposure control plan, training requirements and record keeping guidelines .

    This is the best way to eliminate hazards that can affect employees and people in the workplace, you simply can't be careful when it comes to dealing with blood or other infectious materials, proper procedures will always offer the protection needed to keep the workplace safe.

     




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