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  • 06 Apr 2020 1:46 PM | Heather Macy

    It is extremely important for anyone that could potentially come in contact with bloodborne pathogens to know how and when they may come in contact and what to do in the case that they do come in contact in order to contain disease and prevent the spread to themselves and others. 

    Bloodborne pathogens are present anywhere that bodily fluids are present. This includes soiled laundry, restrooms, and used medical supplies. It is important to where gloves and use proper disinfectants when handling these materials and always dispose of them in proper receptacles. 

    Cleaning staff should always have access to OSHA information and have proper training for the safety of themselves and others and contact management if they feel they may have had contact with bodily fluids and instruction will be given on procecdures to follow. 

  • 06 Apr 2020 12:23 PM | Jason Babb

    Cleaning of a healthcare facility provide unique challenges and doing it properly requires the right education and training. Employers are required to provide the proper education and training for their employees. With that being said finding the right information to provide to employees becomes even more difficult as guidelines change and new bacteria and viruses become even more difficult to kill. 

         Healthcare settings provide a difficult setting because as bacteria and viruses are treated new resistant strains become more prevalent.  Patient in a healthcare setting are usually immunocompromised. Leading to good location for the new ‘superbugs’ to grow. 

         Having the latest information and great technique to cleaning these setting will provide the safest environment for employees and patients. So whether you are in charge of cleaning such a facility or have a family in need of care at such a facility ask if proper cleaning is being used and if not refer them to an association that provides such services as found in Janitorial Service Directory on

  • 06 Apr 2020 11:21 AM | Kimberly McGruder

    Bloodborne pathogens are a serious concern for cleaning employees and staff.  It's very important that all cleaning businesses understand what hazards they possess and how to prevent exposure and the procedures for post exposure.  Bloodborne pathogens include such as HBV, HCV, and HIV.

    The staff must always wear the appropriate PPE such as: Gloves and Goggles to protect themselves. OSHA has created bloodborne pathogen standards that guides employers on how to implement control measures, universal precautions, hazard communication and record keeping.

  • 06 Apr 2020 10:49 AM | Haley Wiley

    With IJCSA certified cleaners, home owners can find their trust well placed in their provider. The knowledge and experience that is brought is unparalleled compared to those outside the community. Hours of training and skill building sets us apart in business. Having the right products and and knowledge to use them guarantees a successful clean.

    Respect for the client and their home is top priority. The providers treat your home like it is their home. Home owners can trust when they are not present that their property, home, and pets will be treated with respect.

  • 06 Apr 2020 10:41 AM | Renee & Kenneth Sterns

    According to one recent workplace microbial survey, "desktop surfaces, computer keyboards, mouse and telephone receivers are more contaminated than restroom toilet seats."

    Did you know that the average office toilet seat has approximately 49 germs per square inch? Desktops have almost 21,000 germs per square inch, and phones had more than 25,000 germs per square inch. Desks, phones, computer keyboards and your mouse are germ transfer points because people touch them so often.

    Coughs and sneezes can leave a myriad of viruses that can be lost on these items for up to three days. 

    Enclosed environments, where people are interacting closely with one another, are at a higher risk of the spread of germs. With people often going to work sick, this can quickly lead to outbreaks in workplace settings.


     Retro Clean, LLC realizes that our hands are responsible for the spread of 80% of common diseases with proper hand hygiene being recognized as the most cost effective means of infection control in the workplace. 

     "Health promotion or wellness programs have been shown to be effective at reducing absenteeism, health costs, workers compensation claims and turnover but often, forget to address infectious diseases.  Workplace infection control programs focusing on hand hygiene have been found effective at reducing absenteeism on average by around 40 %. An important component of prevention is hand hygiene training and supplies including soap, sanitizer, paper towels and tissues," comments Barry Michaels, an infectious disease expert.

    And with all said isnt it just as important to transfer these same practices to our homes? 

    Experienced cleaning companies can help you fight these germs and help your employees be happy and healthy. 

    Visit IJCSA to find a list of qualified cleaning providers.

  • 06 Apr 2020 10:23 AM | Ashley Ramsey

    It is imperative that cleaning employees and staff who are around or can come into contact with blood borne pathogens be fully trained to OSHA standards and are knowledgeable on bloodborne pathogens. This will better assist staff in knowing what bloodborne pathogens they may come into contact with, how to dispose of them and how to protect them selves in such environments. Knowledge of Bloodborne pathogens and how to dispose of them are vital for employee health and safety. Proper training is necessary to keep employees safe and train them how to properly remove, clean and disinfect against such pathogens 

    Having Safety and Exposure Control plans in place helps keep the employee and staff safe in the event of exposure and allows them to know proper procedures and guidelines to allow them to get the proper treatment they may need. Knowledge of proper exposure control is key to implementing and utilizing these plans in the work place and help make for a safer and healthier environment for all staff. Making sure all employees are informed of pathogens and properly vaccinated is key to protecting your employees health and safety. 

    As a professional cleaner you are exposed to many bloodborne pathogens in every day work. The risk is always great working in such environments that handle hazardous and infectious material. Proper training as mentioned above and having knowledgeable staff will help create a healthy and safe environment while maintaining reduced risk of exposure and proper disinfection and waste removal. 

  • 06 Apr 2020 9:37 AM | Nancy Zapata-Osorio

    It is very important to know and learn about the care that one has to have when encountering cases where is to clean bloodborne pathogens as a cleaning job that I have already learned today to be very careful when these cases arise

  • 06 Apr 2020 8:28 AM | Bianca Vasconcelos

               When you work in a medical facility you have to follow some rules to insure the safety of people using the space. The same practices we’re using working, we can use in other areas, like if you are cleaning a supermarket or a house. Washing your hands, use disinfection Chemicals like sprays, rules of hygiene and proper clean to remain safe. This way, we can use this rules in a medical environment also for residential and commercial.
            A very harmful virus is going around now, the COVID-19, thousands of people are dying over the world, and we need to do our best to stop this spread, that’s what make proper cleaning so important. We have to use this knowledge out of the hospital workplace to protect our family and to help to prevent the spread and do not put anyone at risk. 

            We have strong values to protect the population of the word from virus and bacteria's, using the right universal precautions and the PPE to insure your safety and safety of everyone else we get in contact. 
            An important thing is your employees to be trained properly. Using the right cleaning techniques are important to prevent infections and keep all kind of places, commercial and residencial safe. To find a certified cleaning professionals  please visit IJCSA Janitorial Service Directory

  • 06 Apr 2020 7:02 AM | Jake Marcinkus

    It is very important that all the cleaning employees are educated on bloodborne pathogens. Having knowledge of how to properly handle and take care of these potentially deadly pathogens can be a matter of life and death. Employees and staff are the first people on the scene so they having to take extreme measures to prevent the spread of the pathogen and protect their own health.

    Bloodborne pathogens and OPIM's such as HPV and HIV are known to cause liver damage and even death. All employees and staff should be properly vaccinated if they know they will potentially come into contact with an infectious agent. With the cleaning staff being informed and vaccinated on these pathogens they should have no problem with properly handling the mess.

    In this time especially, we need our cleaning staff's educated on the bloodborne pathogens. If there was exposure to a bloodborne pathogen in a nursing home we would need the staff to be 100 percent sure that they can handle the job. Which means they have to thoroughly inspect, clean, and discard of any contaminated objects or materials. This is why we need our cleaning staff and employees to be highly educated on these pathogens because it isn't just about our health it's about others as well.

  • 06 Apr 2020 3:43 AM | Ricardo Thomas

    Environmental cleaning is part of Universal Precautions, which should be applied to all healthcare facilities. It is important that environmental cleaning programs be implemented within the framework of facility-level programs. Where possible during staff training and education, for example, consider generating synergies and highlighting the relationship between environmental cleaning and hand hygiene activities in preventing environmental transmission of HAIs.

    Healthcare facilities must have adequate water and sanitation infrastructure (e.g., safe wastewater disposal) to perform environmental cleaning according to best practices. The critical lack of access to basic water, sanitation and hygiene services in healthcare facilities in resource limited settings, which hinders the ability of facilities to implement effective environmental cleaning programs. 

    The cleaning of hard surfaces in hospital rooms is critical for reducing health care–associated infections. This review describes the evidence examining current methods of cleaning, disinfecting, and monitoring cleanliness of patient rooms, as well as contextual factors that may affect implementation and effectiveness. 

    There are a wide variety of chemical disinfectants approved for use in the hospital setting. The most commonly used surface disinfectants are quaternary ammonium compounds and sodium hypochlorite. The effectiveness of chemical disinfectants can depend both upon the antimicrobial activity of the disinfectant and appropriate application, including adequacy of cleaning, appropriate contact time, and concentration of the disinfectant. The IJCSA train all its members on the right approach take when maintaining a facility, visit the IJCSA Janitorial Services Directory for quality certified cleaning companies.

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