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  • 19 Jan 2022 5:11 PM | Leon Williams

    Bloodborne pathogens are microorganisms present in human blood and bodily fluids that can lead to dangerous diseases in those who come into contact with them. Types of bloodborne pathogens include: HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C. 

    Those in the cleaning field are especially at risk for coming into contact with bloodborne pathogens since they may be tasked with cleaning up and sanitizing areas where bodily fluids were present. 

    OSHA (The Occupational Safety and Health Administration) has created industry standards which help employers and employees create a plan to remain safe on the job. By understanding the dangers of bloodborne pathogens and adhering to OSHA guidelines, employees can decrease their risk of exposure and do their jobs safely and effectively.

  • 19 Jan 2022 2:34 PM | Megan Yates

    It is extremely important to understand that importance of what Bloodborne Pathogens are. Without a proper understanding of the definition and that is can cause disease in humans, people aren't aware of the importance of the cleaning protocols. Bloodborne Pathogens and the risk of disease they can cause are irreparable yet preventable. 

    The CDC established Universal Precautions as a policy for that all who come into contact with Bloodborne Pathogens knows how to properly dispose of the materials and cleanse accordingly. It is of the utmost importance to abide by these rules to decrease your chance as well as the chance of exposing other people. 

    Protecting yourself and other individuals from Bloodborne Pathogens is a topic that isn't discussed as much as it needs to be. It is extremely important in many fields of work and should be followed accordingly. It is your responsibility to educate yourself as a courtesy to others safety. 

  • 19 Jan 2022 1:19 PM | David Han

    Medical cleaning provides us with basic best practices to prevent the spread of germs and cross contamination. Coresivity provides janitorial services for clinics and hospitals. We are well-versed in aseptic cleaning. These best practices are well suited for preventing cross contamination and can easily be adopted for commercial and residential cleaning.

    Aseptic cleaning focuses on the reduction of germs and preventing the spreading of infectious diseases. Our aseptic cleaning standards and equipment enable healthcare facilities, clinics, and medical offices to meet required cleanliness standards. Our cleaning methodology reduces the spread of pathogens. Aseptic janitorial service technicians are fully versed in the causes of cross contamination and how to prevent it. We use room and surface specific cleaning techniques. A broad-spectrum disinfectant and sanitizing agents helps maintain a healthy environment. High traffic and high touch areas such as door handles, faucets, dispensers, and restrooms are central to eliminating cross contamination and containing pathogens.

    Two-bucket mopping ensures that an approved germicidal detergent solution stays clean as long as possible during the cleaning process. This system uses 2 buckets with one designated as clean and the other designated as dirty. The mop is dipped into the clean bucket and excess water is wrung out. The baseboards, corners, and floors are mopped. Then the mop is rinsed in the dirty bucket and wrung out. The mop is then dipped in the clean bucket and wrung out again. This process is repeated until mopping is completed. Clean water and mop head will be maintained at all times and changed after mopping any unsanitary spillage such as feces, urine or other biological hazard.

    Color coding microfiber cloths helps eliminate cross contamination. Color coding should be an integral part of training for janitorial and custodial staff. It helps verify that staff are changing cleaning supplies as appropriate. It is also provides reassurance to your clients that you are serious about preventing the spread of germs and are purposeful in your approach to cleaning and sanitizing. Color coding is a combination of area and task. Red is for sanitary appliances, restroom floors, toilets, urinals. Yellow is for restroom surfaces. Green is for general food and bar cleaning. Blue is for general low risk areas such as common areas, offices, and classrooms. More colors are always an option as well.

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  • 19 Jan 2022 12:41 PM | Anonymous

    When cleaning, it is vital to know and understand the proper procedures in how to clean while preventing any accidents to happen or unwanted exposure, hence learning about what to wear, what to use to clean, as well as how to prevent myself from coming in contact with a bloodborne pathogens, followed by what to do if I do come in contact with a bloodborne pathogen can serve as an effective tool for me to use in the future. 

    It also emphasizes on the importance of safely handling garbage, laundry, and medical equipment, all basic things that we can easily come in contact with.  Overall I was pleased with the BP course and feel it it is one that all should know simply to prevent common mistakes from happening in the future 

  • 19 Jan 2022 10:55 AM | 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

  • 19 Jan 2022 10:09 AM | James Coble

    Not all carpet cleaning services are equal. It's important to get value for your hard earned dollars. The members at IJCSA are certified, knowledgeable and competent companies who know how to get the job done right the first time. Search the online directory to find a certified reputable company near you. -- https://www.ijcsa.org/Carpet-Cleaning-Directory

  • 19 Jan 2022 9:22 AM | 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.

  • 19 Jan 2022 7:38 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. 

  • 19 Jan 2022 6:51 AM | Bryan Angstman

    OSHA has the regulation which give us a great basis for area that have sharps and other hazards related to bloodborne pathogens.  I think we often forget that even in the areas we clean which are not specifically consider to contain these hazards they sometimes do.  Our staff has run into cleaning situations where the resident has an ailment or condition which leaves them using needles or there is blood from a cut.  In these situations, the protocols that OSHA has set up can be very important.

    I have had several calls over the years where staff has called me wondering about how to treat blood or what to do with a syringe that has been left out.  My training in lab and pathogen clean up from working at the University of Minnesota left me with pretty good knowledge on how to deal with those situation but for untrained staff I have largely told them to stay away from them and just clean around it.  Yet, the last couple years have been a reevaluation on how we do business and all our staff goes into a cleaning job wearing glasses and disposable gloves.  

    We have always run the carpet cleaning staff through a protocol on how to deal with blood types of issues.  Using disposable gloves and glasses is the main precaution we teach in those situations.  We also use a disinfectant before removing the stain.  

    Reviewing this has taught me we need to be a bit more diligent with our cleaning staff and getting them more training in case they run into a blood pathogen issue.  For their safety and liability on our part, they need to have proper training so they know how to deal with such issues.  This will give them more peace of mind in dealing with the issue as well as the knowledge to take the proper steps toward dealing with it.

  • 19 Jan 2022 6:37 AM | Precious Austin

    As a cleaner, following the correct procedures and protocols is very essential in regard to Bloodborne Pathogens because you are coming into direct contact with human blood, vomit and saliva.  We must be aware of diseases such as HIV, HBV etc. If we are not careful, we could expose ourselves through these pathogens through cuts and scrapes and other bodily fluids. It is also important that employers educate their employees and staff the importance in staying safe because you might not be aware who is exposed to bloodborne pathogen. It is hard to determine just by looking at someone or because they don’t look and feel sick. All employees and staff should always prepare for these things in advance by having some type of training in place. By having the proper training, you will know how to handle different types of situations that may happen that could save not only someone else’s life but yours as well.

    When dealing with Bloodborne Pathogen, we must always wear protective gear no matter if you work in a healthcare facility, commercial and residential cleaning businesses and while working at any contaminated areas. We must use universal precautions by wearing rubber gloves, safety goggles, etc that help prevent the spread of Hepatitis B, HIV and HBV. Any containers with needled should be placed in a colored coded red or orange labeled trash bags.  When possible, always handle laundry cautiously. Always decontaminate surfaces and use Betco disinfectants when cleaning blood or other fluids.

    Even with COVID-19 it is also important to take our health and the health in others seriously especially during the pandemic. If you are in the cleaning industry, we must do our due diligence in staying safe by washing our hands after each clean rather we are in our homes or cleaning other homes. This should be a daily practice. We should also follow OSHA guidelines. By not following the guidelines we could face serious fines.  To conclude, if taking these precautions seriously you will have peace of mind knowing that you, your staff and others you come in contact with are safe.  


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