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  • 26 Nov 2018 5:52 AM | Jillian DeAnnuntis

    Knowing about BloodBorne Pathogens and taking universal precautions to protect yourself against them can be the difference between life and death. Bloodborne pathogens are infectious microorganisms in human blood that can cause diseases in humans such as Hepatitis B (HPV), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and Hepatitis C (HCV) just to name a few.

    There are many diseases and illnesses that anyone working in the cleaning industry is exposed to on a daily basis. Always following Universal Precautions is a very important part of keeping safe while on the job. Wearing personal protective equipment such as vinyl gloves, eye goggles, and face masks are one of these protective practices that ensure safety.

    Preventing or reducing contact with bloodborne pathogens for myself and others is the main goal. By properly educating and training each staff member on taking Universal Precautions at all times we can provide a safe environment for everyone. A written exposure control plan is also an important part of ensuring we are prepared for an emergency. Being informed and educated on the hazards of bloodborne pathogens and taking the necessary precautions to prevent any exposure to them is all the difference between being accidentally infected with a deadly disease while on the job or a fully safe and controlled work environment.

  • 25 Nov 2018 7:09 PM | Shanda Hakim

    Everyday people are becoming more and more conscientious about their health. Being Green Cleaning Certified gives my business the opportunity to service those that are health conscious and trying to help save our environment. This healthy lifestyle and planet saving movement  has emerged in society and we want to play a major role in it. Targeting this audience will give us the ability to play our role in not only growing our business but to contribute to helping people stay healthy.

    Many people have become aware of the risks of using chemicals in their homes and how dirty the fumes make the air quality. Chemical ingredients in common household products contain many toxins that make us sick. As a professional cleaning service we take the responsibility of providing the best all around service to our clients from working safely and efficiently. best Being Green Cleaning Certified reduces the risks that come along with "traditional" cleaning products.

    Scrub-All Cleaning is dedicated to addressing all aspects of a bona-fide green program. We use color coded cloths to prevent cross-contamination, most of our products are natural, the cleaning products that we use that are not natural are green and stored in recycled material. Our vacuum bags are green and has a 99.9% filtration efficiency. Better filtration means cleaner air and less dust.

    Cleaning services that use green cleaning solutions but do not improve air quality are not fully allowing the customer to benefit from the "green clean". Using a good, green, certified filter will reduce asthma or allergy attacks. 

    Having a green cleaning service that address the aspects of holistic green cleaning methods provide maximum health benefits to the environment and the people in it. 

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  • 25 Nov 2018 8:28 AM | Cameron Serrano

    Have you thought about the dangers of using regular cleaning products in your home? Have you thought about switching over to All-Natural Cleaning Products? Please contact American Restoration if these questions have ever crossed your mind! Our professionals can help you through our entire “Green Cleaning” process today!

    Here at American Restoration we thrive to be at the top in Restoration Services. We are now using All-Natural Cleaning products that will help provide less of a footprint on the environment but still leave your home sparkling clean. We have many products that can suit all needs indoors and outdoors.

    Come visit our Lakeport or Vacaville office and talk to a professional today! We will be able to answer all questions on Green Cleaning and other services! Come visit the Greenest and Cleanest company in Lake County and Solano County!

  • 24 Nov 2018 6:27 PM | Jamila Fanfair

    In recent times Green Cleaning has emerged as a globally accepted movement which employs effective cleaning that incorporates solutions which make considerations for both human and environmental health and protection. It seeks to thoroughly address these with the continuous use of green products, equipment, tools and practices. These products and practices usually avoid the use of toxic cleaning products and chemically reactive products which cause respiratory, dermatology and many other life threatening effects.

    Our company plans to embrace the continuous progression towards a greener and more resilient economy by way of the implementation of a green cleaning service program into our daily operations. The program will see the use of more green friendly, Non-Toxic products such as the Simple Green Products which we are currently using, the utilization of more homemade substitutions for cleaning chemicals which encompasses mixtures made from common household ingredients namely vinegar, salt, lemon juice etc., the increased use of recyclable and biodegradable cleaning materials as well as other basic green cleaning techniques.

    The continued implementation of a green cleaning service program will provide several benefits for our company, its employees and valued clients who we aim to provide a Reliable Quality work with guaranteed satisfaction. These benefits will range from Health - Economical – Social and from the health perspective will include added improved respiratory, dermatology and overall health for all from the use of less toxic chemicals when cleaning hence making homes and the environment much safer for us to dwell and socialize in. It will protect the environment, thereby protecting us by reducing our exposure to these deadly cleanings. Not forgetting to mention that green cleaning products also helps to eliminate odors thus making it much easier for us to breathe. The program will also provide much needed economic benefits for the company and its customers since green cleaning products helps to protect surfaces longer so our customers can save money, it will reduce the liability of our company by reducing the chances of our employees or customers becoming ill due to exposure with toxic chemical, improve the level of business productivity and so much more.

    Green Cleaning will help to protect us and our environment for generations to come. 

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  • 24 Nov 2018 8:41 AM | Cameron Serrano

    All-natural cleaning products has many benefits to the user and people around it. Using everyday cleaners can have the opposite affect on these situations. When using everyday chemicals people will say how great they clean and how wonderful the smell of cleanliness is. At the same time, they do not understand that the smell they are breathing in is harmful to their body. Every day chemicals cause irritation to airways and lungs due to their ingredients. Yet when one would use all-natural chemicals, one would still get the same cleanliness and none of the harmful effects on the body.

    Harmful effects do not just happen to the body’s airways either. Many chemicals will cause irritation or burn the skin on contact. If one used all-natural cleaning products, wen that substance touched your skin there would be no reaction of burning or irritation. Using a product such as Benefect, this product is used as a disinfectant and as a hand sanitizer. Having all-natural products such as these will be beneficial to all people using or around the product.

    We run into many elderly homes, people with Asthma, and sensitive clients that cannot handle the smell of the other chemicals in our line of work. We have already implemented All-Natural Chemicals and the clients are very happy with how clean and nice there home looks and smells when done. This also helps prevent unforeseen damage when using regular chemicals as they can damage items just due to the item finish.

    Not only can using everyday cleaning products damage ones health, it can also damage the material being cleaned. Many people pay good money these days to have higher end appliances that last longer. But there is also a catch to this. If one uses everyday cleaning products on these appliance it may ruin the finish the first time or over time. If one used a natural product damaging the finish would not be a worry as there would not be a reaction with the finish or leave a residue after cleaning is done.

    By using Natural cleaners one person can lower their footprint on the environment and improve their health. Many people do not understand what breathing in these harsh chemicals can actually do to ones body.

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  • 23 Nov 2018 8:16 AM | Cameron Serrano

    Are you looking for an environmentally friendly home cleaning? Are you looking for a non-harsh cleaning product for your home? Please feel free to check out the Green Cleaning Service Directory. We will be able to help all over the 50 states and farther.

    All companies are fully licensed and certified through the IJCSA. Every Company has completed the Green Cleaning Service Certification and is able to help at any time.

    If you have any health-related issues such as Respiratory troubles in your home a crew can help make it easier to live and function in your home with all natural cleaning products. Please review our services and companies and see which one is the right fit for you today! Find A IJCSA Certified Green Cleaning Service Here:

  • 23 Nov 2018 7:53 AM | Gary Rurans

    Bloodborne pathogens are a serious concern for cleaning employees and staff.  It’s important that all cleaning personnel understand what bloodborne pathogens are, what hazards they possess, how to prevent exposure and the procedures for post exposure.  Bloodborne pathogens include viruses like HBV, HCV, HIV and OPIMs.  These disease can be transferred through blood and bodily fluids.  It’s greatly important that cleaning employees and staff understand the importance of these hazards.

    OSHA has created bloodborne pathogen standards that guides employers on how to implement control measures, universal precautions, hazard communication and recordkeeping.  Work practices should be explained to the employees and enforcement of the procedures should be a top priority.  Understanding the importance of using PPE, disinfectants and the post-exposure steps are critical in those working in facilities that have possible contact with bloodborne pathogens.

    Employers must implements a safety program where the staff and employees understand and follow the rules for working with bloodborne pathogens.  They must wear the proper PPE, use the appropriate cleaning products and equipment when working in these facilities.  The importance of understanding bloodborne pathogens is to enforce precautionary measures to prevent exposure.   

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  • 21 Nov 2018 1:47 PM | Richard Williams

    Hello my names Rich I've been in the cleaning industry for close to 20 years and just want to say say Green cleaning is the way to go . Not only the environmental benefits from  using Green cleaning chemicals , but the heath and well being, at the same time reducing exposure to toxic chemicals. 

  • 21 Nov 2018 8:48 AM | Roger Morgans

    The environmental footprint of the janitorial industry has been long overlooked. Just as we have obligations to our clients and employees, we also have even deeper obligations to our communities and environment.

    "Green" chemicals and procedures have advanced to a point where they perform as well or better than their harsher and less safe counterparts and are becoming more competitively priced. This means as we embrace the changes we can depend on safer, cleaner facilities and work spaces.

    Find Your IJCSA Certified Green Cleaning Company Here

  • 20 Nov 2018 7:59 AM | Kayla Straight

    We have been asked in the past, what is green cleaning? Can it really help protect us and the environment? Do the products work as well as mainstream cleaners? Implementing green cleaning products and services would not only secure the trust in future clients who prefer these services but will also help those who do ask these questions feel at ease to try a more healthier and safer way to clean. Safety of our staff and clients are a priority. Knowing the product you are using, how to use the effectively and showing the client not only does it work, it is also better for your health as well, This allows for under educated clients to gain a new understanding on the toxins that are emitted through the use of most mainstream brands and the heath affects it could have on their own bodies. 

    How to implement green cleaning into our business we must be knowledgeable of the products that you are using. Which products is for what type of cleaning job and if they really are (on the commercial product side) a green cleaning product. The chemicals which are in the products you must know in order to wean those out that are not true. There are also natural herb and oil cleaner that would be a true green cleaning investment without chemicals at all. Offer the green cleaning services to existing clients and get their feedback on what they liked and didn't like to make adjustments and improvements on the products you use and how you use them. It is a safer, easy to budget and effective way to help all that is around you for a healthier more manageable way to clean.  

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