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  • 04 Dec 2018 8:05 AM | kieron scott

    For my business, Simply Superb, I plan to use my Green Cleaning Certification in many ways. One way would be showing my future costumers not only am I aiming to be Eco-Friendly, but I took the necessary steps in becoming certified as a professional Eco-Friendly Cleaning Service

    Also, I feel as though it will increase my potential  customer gain due to the knowledge and awareness of hazardous chemicals used in the Cleaning Industry today. I will use my knowledge to promote a well-known clean and hygienic  cleaning service. 

    Find A IJCSA Green Cleaning Service Here

  • 03 Dec 2018 9:22 AM | Johnathan Pearson

    The importance of bloodborne pathogen knowledge lies between severe sickness and or death. To stress this topic will ensure safety of all  cleaning employees and staff. Having every member of your team armed with knowledge is the best defense. Knowing that all staff are adhering to all protective practices is the best offense.

    Universal precaution will not protect an employee with a lack knowledge of how to protect and prevent themselves from pathogenic microorganisms. All elements of protective practices, such as equipment safety, using disposable safety wear, not consuming food or beverage, not allowing bodily fluids to come in contact with carriers, and lastly never compress bags for "sharps", will prevent accidents and maintain a safe working environment. 

    As an employer it is the companies responsibility to uphold and execute all OSHA requirements. Expectations of proper procedure being followed should an employee be exposed consist of, filling out all required documents as well as keeping the information files for three years after the exposure. It is the companies goal to provide a safe and healthy work environment.

    More On IJCSA Bloodborne Certification Here



  • 02 Dec 2018 10:55 AM | Alberto Atallah

    Adopting a "green" model for your cleaning business has financial, practical, and moral benefits; for the customer, for their customers, your employees, and for you. As the increasing concern for the environment develops, customers are looking out for "green brands" and other ways to help conserve their spaces and decrease the negative impact on the environment. Adopting eco-friendly practices into your business adds a selling point for your brand, can boost employee morale, save costs, and gain you recognition for efforts in conserving the ecosystem. Here's a simple rundown on how you can make your cleaning business "green".

    Start by using more natural cleaning solutions, instead of the conventional tools that are usually releasing harmful chemicals. Baking soda, lemon, vinegar, are just three examples of components used in green cleaning. When these are mixed with water or oil, they provide effective solutions to a few areas, such as window and furniture cleaning, as well as deep polishing of counter tops, sinks, ovens, and other surfaces. Light some candles or burn some incense for an organic, green way to cleanse the air around you. Consider installing low-flush toilets and showers for your home or any venture, save costs on water and help save water as well. Most importantly, train your employees to adopt these green practices as habit, make it a company standard, and you'll be running a green cleaning program in no time.

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  • 01 Dec 2018 9:07 AM | Kellie Turner

    I feel one of the biggest benefits of being green cleaning certified is the lasting effects it will have on our planet. Using regular cleaning products that have toxic chemicals in them are being released into the air and into the water. Our planet is very good at detoxing itself, however, if we continue to contribute to releasing all these toxic chemicals we aren’t helping. We are making it worse. In this article I will be going over many benefits of being green cleaning certified but, this I feel is one of the most important reasons.

    Being green cleaning certified you’ll have a knowledge of products and what chemicals to look for in them. Certain chemicals, especially when mixed together, are downright dangerous. A benefit of your company being green cleaning certified is it will help prevent people from becoming sick from the cleaning chemicals they are using. It will create a safer environment for you and your employees.

    I know I am not the only who can’t stand the smell of regular cleaning products. I dread the days our cleaning lady mops the floors because of the chemicals that are in the detergent being used. By being green cleaning certified, you can find products to switch out that will help clean up your indoor air and the effects it has on you and your employees. Did you know that the use of conventional cleaning products can contribute to higher air pollution indoors than outdoors?  Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), which have been associated with a host of health problems like damage to the liver, kidneys, and central nervous system, are released when products are used and stored and can also linger in the air long after use. 

    Having someone in your company being green cleaning certified, and switch to using green cleaning products, you are making a vote to protect the environment so to speak. Most green cleaning products are made using sustainable practices and naturally derived, safe, non-toxic, and biodegradable ingredients that do not negatively impact the environment. This speak volumes to the community. You are setting an example to companies and individuals surrounding you.

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  • 30 Nov 2018 10:15 AM | Richard Williams
    There is a lot of cleaning chemicals with volatile organic compounds or (VOCs) such as ammonia and bleach, when mixed together gives you mustard gas. A dangerous concoction that can have catastrophic consequences and death. 


    Chemical education is detrimental and you must know how to use your chemicals. Some chemicals can contribute to allergic reactions, headaches, breathing problems, past studies show link exposure to chemicals from cleaning supplies to occupational asthma.

    Chemicals like degreaser are harmful as well some absorb into the skin quickly and may cause liver damage if overexposure occurs. Read all MSDS sheets and get familiar with them be safe. 

    Cleaning chemicals like Perchloroethylene which some dry cleaners and spot removers for carpets is a neurotoxin and is a carcinogen. 

    A Healthier choice is green cleaning and green cleaning ingredients. Keep our environment clean and havea  much safer outcome for years to come. https://www.ijcsa.org/Green-Cleaning-Services for all your green cleaning needs.


  • 29 Nov 2018 8:46 AM | Jannette Arrocena

    The importance of cleaning employees and staff knowing about bloodborne pathogens is mainly for the avoidance of contraction of these infectious  microorganisms. 

    All cleaning industry employees and staff is vulnerable to expose to these infectious microorganisms not only for health care facilities and hospitals. It can  be transferred through needles, mucus membrane, or mouth. 

    These infectious micro-organisms can cause hepatitis B (HBV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Care must be taken all the time in handling rubbish especially with needles and cleaning blood if somebody got cut.

    Feel Safe When Hiring A Trained IJCSA Member Company To Perform Any Cleaning That You Require. 

  • 28 Nov 2018 7:09 PM | LIBERTY MOON

    Green cleaning programs promote health, safety and social consciousness. Processes focus on improving indoor air quality, recycling and minimizing air pollution, water pollution, ozone depletion and global climate change. Green cleaning also reduces health problems associated with allergens, chemical sensitivities and contaminants, such as mold and bacteria. 

    Green cleaning will also Increase worker satisfaction, improve employee morale, reduce absenteeism and promote productivity, efficiency and retention.  Benefits of green cleaning programs are well documented. 

    Helps reduce the cost to building management and tenants, including costs associated with sick leave and productivity loss. 

    Find A IJCSA Green Cleaning Service Here

     

  • 28 Nov 2018 5:56 PM | Steven Thomas Jr

    Everyone needs to clean something daily. You have a choice to use either harmful chemicals or natural green solutions. Harmful chemicals are in everyday cleaning products and have negative health effects.  Natural green solutions offer a better choice.

    Common household cleaning products contain toxic ingredients that can cause adverse health effects.  Chlorine bleach is in many of household products.  Bleach can irritate your lungs and eyes. Glass cleaners have a chemical in it called isopropyl alcohol and ammonia. These toxic chemicals can cause irritation to your eyes, skin, can cause coughing and wheezing.  Some people think that all-purpose cleaners are safe but they contain 2- butoxyethanol.  These cleaners can cause a person to have headaches, feeling faint and confusion.

    Natural cleaning products are a better choice. Natural cleaning products are better for your health.  Common household products such as baking soda, vinegar, olive oil and lemon juice along are a better choice for the use of cleaning your environment. Due to the fact that you can eat these products, make them a safer choice for cleaning.

    Harmful common household products have effects on people’s health that may not even realize.  When you choose to switch to natural cleaning products, you will feel better and be saving money to.  It is an easy switch because you already have the items in your kitchen cabinet.

    The decision to use common household cleaning products or natural cleaning product is an easy one.  The harmful effects of common household make it easy decision to use natural cleaning products. By using the common household cleaning products, you are hurting your health and may not of every thought about it. Natural cleaning products are better for your health and will make you feel better!

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    http://www.ijcsa.org/Green-Cleaning-Services.


  • 28 Nov 2018 7:40 AM | Richard Williams

    Carpets are an integral part of offices buildings. Carpets provide comfort and warmth to your facility. 

    As an accessory, the carpet becomes an essential part of the building and appearance or platform to your business interior. Proper maintenance and cleaning is detrimental to maintaining your investment. When customers see clean carpets, and a clean facility it says that the business is properly managed. IJCSA members clean your carpets and improve your image.  With experience and knowledge IJCSA is your number choice for very clean carpets and rugs. IJCSA is your #1 choice for all cleanings!

    Find A IJCSA Certified Carpet Cleaning Service Here 

  • 26 Nov 2018 10:51 AM | Jannette Arrocena

    The benefits of having your carpet or rug cleaned by IJCSA members are knowledge in the industry. All of the members have the highest levels of knowledge on how to handle chemical, how to mix green natural solutions, application, and cleaning up.

    Most of the members are very much caring for the safety of the occupants on chemical exposure, this is one of the main reason why all of the members use natural solutions most of the time.

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