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  • 26 Nov 2020 10:03 PM | Vincent Supernor

    Germs and viruses are common in every workplace. Every time you touch your desk, phone, door knob, keys etc. you are coming in contact with germs. there are different ways that germs can be spread. Direct contact infections spread when disease-causing microorganisms pass from the infected person to the healthy person via direct physical contact with blood or body fluids. Indirect contact transmission occurs when there is no direct human-to-human contact. Contact occurs from a reservoir to contaminated surfaces or objects, or to vectors such as mosquitoes,flies, mites, fleas, ticks, rodents or dogs. Wiping down high touch surfaces will help prevent the spread of germs and viruses. Practicing good hygiene will help prevent the spread. Practices that are generally considered proper hygiene include showering or bathing regularly, washing hands regularly (for 20 seconds or more)and especially before handling food, washing scalp hair, keeping hair short or removing hair, wearing clean clothing, brushing teeth, cutting finger nails, besides other practices. Germs and viruses are in every workplace. Bacteria counts are lowest at the beginning of the workday (because offices are often cleaned overnight), but it doesn't take long for germs to show up for work, too. As the day ramps up and more people touch more surfaces, the risk of coming in contact with bacteria goes up. there is no way to completely avoid germs and or viruses. you just have to do your best to prevent getting and spreading them.

    Learn More About Bloodborne Pathogens Here

  • 26 Nov 2020 7:13 PM | Lori Dobbertin

    It is important for cleaning employees and staff be educated about bloodborne pathogens to keep themselves and others safe from possible infection.

    Using the Universal Precautions approach is the best way to prevent infection from blood borne pathogens. Assume all blood and some other bodily fluids from all patients to be infectious. Be sure to use color coding or labeling on bags and containers when transporting contaminated materials. When cleaning blood or bodily fluids, take care to avoid splashing. After cleaning blood or bodily fluids, be sure to disinfect all equipment used. Wear the proper PPE, dispose of it correctly, and thoroughly wash your hands when you are finished.  

    If you think you have been exposed to any bloodborne pathogen you should clean the area with water, soap, and skin disinfectant if available. You should also notify your supervisor and physician immediately and refer to your companies exposure plan. OSHA requires all job sites that have a reasonable exposure to bloodborne pathogens have an exposure plan readily available and updated.

    Two of the common bloodborne pathogens are Hepatitis B and HIV. If you have been infected with one of these pathogens, you may not start showing symptoms for years to come. Be aware of the signs and symptoms related to these infectious diseases. 

  • 26 Nov 2020 2:51 PM | Jonathan Dove

    Medical cleaning best practices are a good benchmark to work off of when planning cleaning services for non-medical applications.  Especially in today's world where you need to be prepared with every customer engagement that there could have been a COVID exposure, it's critical to understand the key points on medical cleaning that can help as you enter a residential or commercial cleaning project.

    PPE for medical cleaning is critical.  Understanding what you're walking into determines the level of PPE you need, so translating that to a residential or commercial job it's important that we are communicating with the customer pre-job to understand the current conditions and if there are any additional precautions we need to be taking.

    Process driven cleaning, where you work from the top down, and clean systematically from one side of each room to another is important.  For a commercial job where most rooms you encounter will be similar it's valuable to establish a cleaning process for the room so that you ensure that each room gets the level of attention it needs.  For a residential job, it's important to understand the details of the house you are going into, number of bedrooms, bathrooms, and common rooms will help you plan the job in order to clean in an effective manner.

    In today's environment disinfecting is important to understand and communicate.  As you are cleaning top down, each surface, especially the high touch surfaces need to be cleaned using friction with a scrubber/sponge/rag to remove dirt or other material on the surface.  Once the surfaces hav ebeen cleaned you can go back with your disinfectant and let it do the job of killing off the germs and bacteria.  It's important to apply the bacteria and allow it to sit for the appropriate contact time in order to reach maximum efficacy.  If you can allowing the surface to air-dry will give the best results.

    At Prospray we are committed to delivering professional disinfecting services to our local community in the North DFW area.  We aim to serve these groups to enable them to effectively meet the CDC Reopening America Guidance which asks these groups to use an EPA-approved disinfectant as a second step beyond their routine cleaning as we get our public spaces, businesses and schools re-opened.  We believe that our efforts to step into this space and provide this service to our local community will drive safety amongst our neighbors and mitigate the spread of disease.  You can find our company in the IJCSA directory located here:

  • 26 Nov 2020 1:43 PM | Jamie Serrilli

    Amid the growing Corona Virus Pandemic it is more important than ever for employees and staff to know the risk about bloodborne and non bloodborne pathogens. Properly handling and being aware of all the contaminated surfaces that employees come in contact with is key to preventing an exposure. It is important for everyone to be properly educated and aware of how to keep themselves and others safe.

    Using Universal Precautions and assuming that all bodily fluids are infectious is the safest way to prevent infections from bloodborne pathogens such as Hepatitis B and HIV. All employees should be aware of the OSHA standards and what precautions to take incase of an exposure.

    Lastly wearing proper PPR is crucial in preventing an exposure. Employers should provide their employees with the proper PPE needed to due their work properly. When cleaning or working with blood/bodily fluids make sure that you are wearing appropriate PPE and are following all guidelines that have been taught to you when you were trained.

    Following these simple step will help ensure a safe work environment. 

  • 26 Nov 2020 12:38 PM | GREGORY DUNSON

    Importance of cleaning employees & staff knowing about bloodborne pathogens.

    It is very important for employees and staff to know about bloodborne pathogens because it can help them avoid and/or properly handle in potential accidents that may infect them. In some careers the employees are at high risk of contracting bloodborne pathogens

    It is important for cleaning employees to learn the difference in the bloodborne pathogens and how to reduce the risk or eliminate the hazards of occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens. 

    Without the knowledge of bloodborne pathogens, employees put themselves and others at risk. Like anything in life you want to have proper knowledge of whatever you are involved in. Knowing how to handle encountering this will help you react an properly handle exposure and avoid contacting bloodborne pathogens.

  • 26 Nov 2020 11:07 AM | Mollie Buford

    This is a subject that should be taught in every profession due to the many different life styles. If people were more aware of bloodborne pathogens in their daily living there would be a lower rate of disease cases and exposures. Most people think that it can't be them, germs has no boundaries and no limit to destroying your life or your loved ones. It starts with something as simple as washing your hands.

    As cleaning professionals or any other professional we are not just protecting ourselves from being contaminated ; we are also protecting the people around us from being contaminated by us. Contamination works both ways so it is very important to educate the people you come in contact with , with the knowledge you have on bloodborne pathogens and protect each other.

    Working safe and spreading the knowledge to others on how to approach, control, and maintain one of the largest problems we have an issue with today. As far as testing for someone else , you are not helping that person. If or when that person have an accident on a job, they would not know the correct protocol to take as far as helping themselves, this could lead to unsafe work skills and a high risk employee. 

  • 26 Nov 2020 9:37 AM | Jaqua Lawson

    Janitors are vital to everyday life for many reasons. Obviously, they keep things clean and presentable. A clean impression is a good impression for visitors, staff, or anyone who has to be in the environment. It boosts morale and makes people feel good.

    Also important is knowledge of germs and preventing sickness. Janitors should know how to prevent cross contamination by not using the same materials that touched a toilet on things like doorknobs.

    Lastly janitors’ stock up on supplies before the items are missed. No one wants to use the bathroom only to discover that there’s no toilet paper or the soap has run out. Janitors anticipate these needs so you can enjoy these conveniences without even thinking about it.

  • 26 Nov 2020 8:14 AM | Anonymous member

    Properly cleaning healthcare facilities is extremely important. A healthcare facility is generally a place where people who are sick or have a health problem go to be treated and with that it is essential to properly clean the facility to avoid patients from getting sick. Viruses, bacteria’s and other pathogens are going to enter the facility and disinfecting/cleaning everything correctly can eliminate those pathogens. Healthcare associated infections can make a patient sicker that what they first went into the hospital.

    Hospitals are supposed to be one of the cleanest places but in the other hand it also contains a lot of germs from people who are going in sick. In a hospital there is always people who are touching everything from doorknobs to light switches and if this is not properly clean daily the germs and viruses can become a problem. Proper training will help identify high traffic areas and with that proper cleaning/disinfecting techniques.

    Having a trained cleaning crew will be of great benefit it will give you a peace of mind knowing that your crew have the knowledge to clean efficiently a healthcare facility. IJCSA is a great association that offers trainings and with that you can be certain that you get a great cleaning company. Check out to find a certified company.

  • 26 Nov 2020 7:43 AM | Anonymous member

    Medical cleaning practices are very strict in the sense that there are rules to follow when it comes to the cleaning. Since medical facilities need to be properly clean to avoid patient getting sick medical cleaning practices can benefit residential and commercial places. The majority of people won’t be familiar with some of the rules and proper methods went dealing with cleaning chemical.

    Some of those standards can help other residential and commercial situations in the sense that if they can implement a higher standard of cleaning there would be less people getting sick. There would be a lower number of people calling in sick to work and to school. Medical cleaning practices implementation at home can also help you avoid going to the doctor because of bacteria’s or virus that could have been avoidable if we were to do a deeper cleaning with the right cleaning chemicals.

    A good idea to implement is to have a higher standard level of cleaning for all types of situations, for homes and work places. By implementing medical cleaning practices across the board we can have a better control when it comes to people getting sick. According to the CDC, cleaning alone effectively reduces the number of microorganisms on contaminated equipment. Now imagine having the knowledge to use the correct chemicals it can really impact us in a good way.

    Now, that we are in a pandemic cleaning is crucial and knowing and implementing the high standards of medical cleaning can keep a better control of the spread. For example, knowing that we should clean with color rags that way we are not cross contaminating areas and knowing about how to correctly use chemical that can kill harmful virus and germs. Check out to find a certified company that can help you in the process.
  • 26 Nov 2020 7:20 AM | Tonya Brooks
    Green cleaning is a very good product to for your company it is an environmentally friendly product and is really designed for human health.  there are so many people being exposed  to many toxins. That's not good for people with health issue. I plan to go green cleaning for my clients health reason and to help keep the earth cleaner. I think a lot more company's sure consider it. I don't thank i can go wrong going green cleaning.
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