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  • 02 Jul 2022 9:34 PM | Elena Pena

    Using green, eco-friendly cleaning products can improve the air quality, reduce health and environmental concerns and sets the standard for environmentally responsible behavior. Contributing to a well thought out green cleaning practice will benefit not only client, but it will also ensure that you are reducing your impact on the environment. Your clients will appreciate this and maybe even start using green cleaning products themselves! green cleaning service directory

    To implement a good green cleaning service program you must first conduct an audit of the facility or area in which you have been hired to clean. This will help you assess which areas need the most improvement and build a comprehensive plan around this. Next is to train the cleaning staff with the use of chemical and equipment handling and cleaning procedures. Afterwards, review the progress to make sure the green cleaning program is successful and implement any changes. 

    Find IJCSA Certified Green Cleaning Services Here

  • 02 Jul 2022 6:19 PM | Jenny Barlow

    It is important for employees and staff to understand the practice of Bloodborne Pathogen certification and Universal Precautions when dealing with blood or bodily fluids. Universal precautions teaches to assume any human blood or bodily fluids may be affected by BBP (bloodborne pathogens). As such when dealing with a situation that requires clean up and sanitizing of such an area those involved in the cleaning must be aware of the risks and hazards when dealing with this type of waste. 

    Some ways to help mitigate the risks are to practice the following guidelines:

    1. Hand hygiene - wash hands thoroughly prior to eating, drinking, applying lip balm, or any other activity that may expose you to BBP
    2. Use of personal protective equipment (e.g., gloves, masks, eyewear). - PPE used properly can help reduce risk of exposure
    3. Respiratory hygiene / cough etiquette. - Cover it, don't spread it.
    4. Sharps safety (engineering and work practice controls). - Be very careful when handling hypodermic needles or other objects that may have come in contact with blood or other bodily fluids
    5. Safe injection practices (i.e., aseptic technique for parenteral medications).
    6. Sterile instruments and devices. - Don't reuse instruments or tools that have come possibly come in contact with BBP
    7. Clean and disinfected environmental surfaces. - Keep all areas clean and disinfected to prevent further spread of pathogens
    8. Awareness of any open wounds when handling blood or bodily fluids as that is one of the most common ways to transmit an infection 

    In the end, we want all our employees and staff to go home safe to their family and friends. To do so it is important to follow OSHA's BBP training to keep co-workers, family, and friends safe. It is the responsibility of all professionals to do their part by following the practices of the OSHA BBP certification program.


  • 02 Jul 2022 5:57 PM | Guadalupe Gomez

        The primary benefit of Bloodborne Pathogens Training is for the health and safety of your employees.  Any custodial staff that handles sharp bins, biohazard waste, or potentially contaminated objects should know how to protect themselves against - what to do in case of exposure.  Furthermore It is for this reason any employee at risk to exposure to blood and other infectious substances be required to be Bloodborne Pathogen Certified. This Bloodborne Pathogens Certification training ensures your cleaning employees are Qualified to work in this specialized environment.  

         There is four main methods of contacting Bloodborne Pathogens.

    1.  Direct Contact- when infected fluids from one individual enters another individuals body.

    2.  Indirect Contact- happens when infected fluids from a person contaminates a surface or items that another individual will have to interact with.  

    3.  Respiratory Droplet Transmission- when an individual inhales contaminated body fluids from an infected person, for example through infected individuals breath, cough, or by sneezing around you. - Covid

    4.  Vector-Borne Transmission-  when an individuals skin is perforated by an infected source, such as getting a bite from a mosquito carrying malaria.

         It is for these reasons your employees will benefit from the training of Bloodborne Pathogens and they will be able to learn how to minimize the risk of infection against all these transmission methods.

     

  • 02 Jul 2022 3:41 PM | Erica Winder

    In order to obtain the Green Cleaning Certification, it is necessary that you look for a certifying company or association. We, at Win Services, recommend the International Janitorial Cleaning Services Association (www.ijcsa.org). Certification in Green Cleaning which brings our company a unique opportunity and a fundamental role in the dissemination of concepts and in the practical demonstration of how to conduct daily activities in a sustainable way. We are aware that conventional cleaning products often contain petrochemicals, solvents, acidic or corrosive components. After the adhesion of our company to Green Cleaning, we are much more satisfied with the results, as today we have an increase in product durability, product profitability, reduction of pollution on the planet, reduction in waste generation, faster and more efficient processes.

    Find Professional Certified Green Cleaning Companies Here


  • 02 Jul 2022 1:34 PM | Paige Casler

    Implementing medical cleaning and sanitization practices into residential or commercial cleaning could greatly benefit the world. By taking the risk of spreading bad germs, bacteria and viruses the population would see a decrease of infectious deaths.

    By following proper hand sanitization and PPE for people who are sick or coming into contact with people who are sick or contagious the world could avoid outbreaks of disease and viruses. For example H1N1. How was it spread so vastly and quickly? By people who were infected, some even knowing they were, and still going into public. Either because they had no choice or because they didn't know. 

    Implementing medical cleaning to other areas could greatly reduce diseases being wide spread and possibly even spread at all in the future. Businesses would know the correct way to prevent the infection as well as stop it from spreading. By following the proper protocols they wouldn't have to worry about bringing it home to their family/friends and they wouldn't have to worry about customers either contracting it or bringing it in and spreading it. 

    Along with understanding the proper protocols of cleaning and sanitization of residential places and commercial areas people being made aware of using PPE and the correct order to put it on could also help to keep residential and commercial businesses from contracting or spreading diseases, viruses and germs. 

    To find more information click the link below - 

    https://www.ijcsa.org/Janitorial-Service-Directory-Find-A-Janitorial-Service-JanitorialServices

  • 02 Jul 2022 12:58 PM | Keith Brown

    In todays world thousands of janitorial services are hard at work trying to curb the spread of Covid-19. We at EDA have been in the deep cleaning and biohazard remediation industry for thirty years and find that more and more clients are looking for Green solutions in trying to disinfect their spaces at work and at home.

    By implementing an array of Seventh generation products out of Vermont we have increased sales and brought on more clients that are satisfied and happy to use our services.

  • 02 Jul 2022 11:16 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. 

  • 02 Jul 2022 10:17 AM | Jyden Ladd

    Carpets are in almost every household and every building, being able to effectively clean carpets are a necessity to have a sanitary environment. Carpet holds  moisture, food debris and harmful chemicals exposure.

    Carpets holding moisture will give a dinner bell call to mold. The development of mold can cause health risk to the occupants. Mold needs to be completely cleaned or the risk of resurfacing of mold can occur. Food debris will attract different kinds of pest that can and will live in your carpets. Chemical spills can linger on a carpet for however long the shelf life of said chemical. By having a certified IJCSA carpet cleaner is important to keeping carpet sanitary.

  • 02 Jul 2022 9:49 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

  • 02 Jul 2022 8:03 AM | Kim Worrell

    Safety is the most important thing when it comes to any work environment and cleaning is no different. When your staff has accurate and adequate information about safety protocols, it minimizes the risk of accidents and injuries. It is important that every employer keeps their employees up to date on health and safety guidelines.

    One of the most common dangers of the cleaning profession are bloodborne pathogens. Bloodborne pathogens are microorganisms in human blood that can cause disease. We can be exposed to these pathogens in many different ways. Some of these possible exposures include making and unmaking beds, doing laundry, cleaning bathrooms and other areas with bodily fluids, doing dishes, and much more. Laundry can often have items that are hidden and can cut your hands or fingers when you pick it up. It is important to wear protective gloves when doing laundry or handling soiled linens. Another reason to wear gloves is because you never know what fluids may come in contact with your hands. 

    If you ever think you have come in contact with a bloodborne pathogen, or you incur an injury on the job, always let your supervisor know immediately. If you are bleeding, always remove yourself from your work area to tend to your wound. Employees must always change their gloves and wash hands thoroughly before returning to work after handling any possible exposures. The universal precaution is that every patient is assumed infected to minimize risk. 

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