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  • 25 Jan 2021 3:32 PM | Cody Kayser

    Knowledge and understanding of bloodborne pathogens, the potential risks involved when coming into contact with contaminated materials and utilizing universal precautions when placed into situations where you will be handling contaminated materials are all vitally important.

    By following universal precautions, you are not only preventing yourself from contracting an infectious disease, you are also minimizing or eliminating the risk for your clients and their clients from contracting an infectious disease. Cleaning service staff removing a hazard safely keep all parties safe.

    Following universal precautions to prevent bloodborne pathogen exposure includes, but is not limited to: using the proper PPE for the situation, knowing what sanitization methods to use, knowing how to contain soiled items, always washing your hands and having reporting requirements and protocol in place in case of possible exposure.

  • 25 Jan 2021 12:47 PM | Jaide Carswell

    Bloodborne pathogens are a life or death matter. A simple accidental prick on the finger could mean a lifetime of hospital visits . That being said, it is very important for cleaning employees and staff to know and understand how to spot and disinfect these pathogens . The cleaning industry has multiple avenues , and it is imperative that we operate and clean effectively.

    Bloodborne pathogens are present everywhere. When cleaning and sanitizing areas of high exposure, one must be vigilant and aware of such fluids. For example, if a cleaning employee is tasked with sanitizing and disinfecting an area where blood, saliva or other bodily fluids are present; they should be well versed on how to clean up the area while keeping themselves protected as well. Understanding what type of cleaning agent to use in various situations will insure that both the employee and public are safe. 

    Having a thorough knowledge of bloodborne pathogens and how to properly clean exposed areas, remains pivotal when cleaning . 

  • 25 Jan 2021 12:13 PM | Cody Kayser

    The proper cleaning of healthcare facilities is important for many reasons. Proper cleaning of healthcare facilities primarily prevents pathogens from infecting the cleaner themselves, the staff that work at the facility and the patients that they care for. Improper cleaning practices could cause the spread of contagious illnesses and chronic disease.  

    By practicing the standards of infection control and following OSHAs precautions for bloodborne pathogens, the cleaner is taking an active role in keeping themselves and everyone else coming into contact with all surfaces within the environment safe and healthy. To find a cleaning company that meets certification standards, search the IJCSA service directory at: https://www.ijcsa.org/Janitorial-Service-Directory-Find-A-Janitorial-Service-JanitorialServices

    Cody Jay Kayser

  • 25 Jan 2021 10:53 AM | Michael Rucker

    Understanding Bloodborne Pathogens is important for all, especially those who may be exposed through occupations such as medical and janitorial. Following protocol and regular training can prevent the spread of infectious disease and even prevent death. 

    Bloodborne Pathogens training was initially created for hospital staff, however, Janitorial and other staff personnel can be directly affected. Bloodborne Pathogens enter the body through the nasal, mouth or eye canals and can cause serious illness and injury to the human body. 

    If one should become exposed to a Bloodborne Pathogen, it is important to follow the protocol set forth by the employer. Immediate knowledge of exposure and action ensures that both cleaning staff member and employer remain safe and healthy. 

  • 25 Jan 2021 9:34 AM | Viktoriya Johanson

    Learning about the safety of bloodborne pathogens is an integral part of any cleaners training. Bloodborne pathogens are microorganisms found in human blood. The most common of these and HPV and HIV, both of which are lifelong illness’ if contracted. Each cleaner must know the safety protocols of having proper PPE as well as the Universal Standard of removing, cleaning and disinfecting, and disposal of contaminated items. Employees should also be up to date on their companies exposure plan, and any necessary vaccines, before entering a work place where exposure to bloodborne pathogens is present.

  • 25 Jan 2021 9:16 AM | Johnathan Sanchez

    One of the most important benefits of being Green Clean certified is how I have learned about the lasting effects it has on our planet. Using all the other chemicals with all of their toxins, I never realized every time we use them the toxins are released into the air and our water. We are making our planet worse everytime we contribute to these harsh chemicals.

    I now have the knowledge of what chemicals to look for. I know there are certain chemicals you just don't mix whatsoever! And having a cleaning business, I can educate others on helping take part in the Green Clean system and preventing people from becoming sick from the cleaning chemicals they were previously using. Our job is to help take part in creating a safe environment for all the employees. 

    Did you know that using conventional cleaning products have been associated with a host of health problems such as damage to the liver, kidneys, and central nervous system. And all of that can happen just by the chemicals lingering in the air for too long. Most of the green clean products are made using sustainable practices, are naturally derived, safe, non-toxic and biodegradable. This speaks volumes to the  community. 

    So by switching over to Green Clean, I have taken a vote to protect the environment, so to speak. You too, would be setting an example to others around you if you decide too take this seriously as well. 

  • 25 Jan 2021 9:09 AM | Brian Sadler

         Our business deals with mold and virus remediation & crime scene, trauma clean up. All of these environments pose a sever threat to every worker. the proper use of Personal Protective Equipment is essential in preventing possible exposure to HIV, Hepatitis B, viruses, bacterial infection, and mold and mildew exposure. The same way you treat a gun as always loaded, you treat any workspace and scene as being infected. With this mind set and attitude you will always remain safe. 

         Proper handling of contaminated materials will not only keep you safe but will ensure you do not possibly contaminate other areas and other people. Never take short cuts when donning and offing your PPE. Always dispose of contaminated material safely and properly. Always be aware of possible sharp objects that can not only breech your PPE but may open wounds that can put you even more at risk. 

         Your health and safety is our utmost concern. Proper training and practices will ensure you remain healthy and safe in a hazardous environment that we work in every day.  

  • 25 Jan 2021 8:28 AM | Danielle Caron

        In today's ever changing climate of infectious disease the need for bloodborne pathogen training with all staff is vitally important. The possibility that staff in any capacity will come in contact with bodily fluids is increasingly high.

        The ability for the staff to have the knowledge for the proper procedures to avoid self and cross contamination is instrumental in preventing the spread of pathogens. Instructing the staff on proper use of PPE to avoid exposure to infectious diseases is paramount to control the spread of all pathogens. 

        Proper use of PPE, containment kits, and reporting protocol is all established with proper training. 

  • 25 Jan 2021 8:10 AM | Johnathan Sanchez

    Here at IJCSA, it is our duty to make sure our customers/clients are fully satisfied. We want to provide you with an opportunity to look forward to walking into your place of employment, not just because it's your job or it's A means to providing.. But because there is a sense of freshness like no other.. A sense of "clean."

    What is Green Cleaning and why is it a good choice? Green clean is the process of choosing better products that are better for both people and the planet. It is good for the health and well-being of your people, and it also prevents unnecessary chemicals from being released into the environment.

    They tend to be a little more costly then what is typically used, however, they are biodegradable and eco-friendly. Whenever a product is environmentally friendly, you can't put a price on one's health nor the environment. If you ask me, green clean saves lives, who would not want to take part in that?!

  • 25 Jan 2021 7:59 AM | Johnathan Sanchez

    What if I were to tell you there are cleaning products that are not only good for the health and well-being of your employees, but they also prevent unnecessary chemicals from being released into the environment! Ever hear of Green Cleaning? Well my company uses nothing but these products. We have decided to use products that are better for both people and the planet.

    Most cleaning products people tend to use are often overlooked. Slot of times people don't realize how they affect your overall health. They can have negative impacts including, contributing to asthma, cancer, and even increased birth defects! Don't underestimate the impact that removing these toxins and switching over to all natural cleaning can have on improving one's health.

    Find Professional Certified Green Cleaning Companies Here

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