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  • 11 Apr 2019 3:31 PM | Miguel Bonilla-Roman

    No matter the organization, task or challenge a head, The International Janitorial Cleaning Services Association provides excellent business solutions that translate in an optimal cleaning level with friendly customer service.  IJCSA offers excellent customer service through a variety of cleaning experts ready to provide general or customize consultation and take care of all your cleaning concerns. We are available 24/7 around the clock waiting for your call or email.

    Our diverse experts are excellent in providing customized solutions for any cleaning issue, routine maintenance, or concern. We offer the following cleaning services: Janitorial, porter, housekeeping, custodial services, utilities, pressure washing, building cleaning, carpet cleaning and treatment, flooring cleaning and treatment, waste management, acute care cleaning and so much more! Please follow the link for any specific cleaning required and a free consultation --  IJCSA Business Directory. 

  • 11 Apr 2019 3:16 PM | Michael & Laure Relihan

    Clean & Pristine Services Inc., is proud to announce that our company is aggressively diving into the IJCSA mold inspection and remediation certification courses! By doing so, our goal is to provide our customers with more services and more solutions to their ever changing needs! 

    We want to enhance the customer's experience at every point! In order to do this not only are myself & my wife getting certified (owners), but when we hire employees we will give them the opportunity to get certified as well! We not only want to encourage our future employees to work to better serve our customers, but also to further their own personal skills and abilities!

    We will keep the community up to date with our progress! For now, if anyone has any questions, or think they may need our services, please feel free to call, text, email, or visit our website at www.cleanandpristinesvcinc.com

  • 11 Apr 2019 7:38 AM | Alexandru Ionita

    Green cleaning demonstrates to potential clients that we are well aware of the harmful side effects of using conventional cleaners.

    A green cleaning certification allows us to carefully choose and understand what products are eco friendly.

    Find Professional Certified Green Cleaning Services Here


  • 10 Apr 2019 5:28 PM | Tierney Mokos

    Being Green Cleaning Certified is without a doubt life changing. It's satisfying to know i'm making a positive impact toward the health of others, myself, and the environment. After all, the amount of toxic chemicals in the world today is unsettling. 

    I knew being Green Cleaning Certified would benefit me after my first study session. Being aware of our surroundings is very important, although there does seem to be a lack of observation in society these days.  Of course i've known there are plenty of hazardous products used and consumed today, but once reading how many solvents and other petroleum based chemicals have been shown to cause brain or other nerve damage (with repeated exposure) and "In the average American home, around 63 synthetic chemical products can be found", both stated by the IJCSA Green Certification course, I evoked an urge to protect myself, others, and the planet as a whole. (I must admit the motivation boost was somewhat of a surprise, yet suitable.) The green path has enlightened me to make a difference.

    If i acknowledge others on unknown, or maybe even overlooked, risks maybe it will reverse caused harm to their health. If not the case or beside from reverse health risks, applying green practices may (at the least) improve morale and/or lost optimism within the degradation of the planet. More often than not, people want to change or make a difference in the world. Further, less use and/or production of damaging products to the ecosystem would help reduce global warming and overall serve the environment. Follow this Green Cleaning Services link to find others making a green difference today.

    The damages of repeated exposure to toxic products seem a high price against avoidable and eco-friendly alternatives. Being Green Cleaning Certified offers benefits in a domino-like manner, starting with the individual. As health risks reduce and self-esteem increases with the green lifestyle and or certification, others recognize and are more likely to repeat such behavior. Ultimately the environment benefits from the healthy habits of its inhabitants. I imagine these events could show vigorous changes in Ecology--the interdisciplinary scientific study of the interactions between organisms and the interactions of these organisms with their environment (Green cleaning certification course). It's pleasing to know my habits are healthy for not only me, but my surroundings too.

  • 10 Apr 2019 3:09 PM | Mariela Galvan

    The importance of cleaning employees & staff knowing about blood-borne pathogens is to prevent serious illness or even death. In order to prevent serious illness or even death  you need to provide guidelines to help eliminate or limit exposure. Following universal precautions, protective practices and providing training on how to properly clean. 

    Universal precautions is to assume all blood and body fluids are contaminated. Infection Control precautions be taken to minimize the risk of exposure. Follow proper protection practices when having to handle a clean up or exposure. 

    When handling a clean up or exposure protective practices must be followed. Always wear the correct protective equipment, such as disposable gloves,eye protection, face mask, and gown. Always make sure this equipment is in working order, not torn, and if not available ask for them. If you don't know how to properly use the equipment you need to ask. 

    Providing training on how to properly clean the infected areas in order to avoid others being exposed. Avoid splashing when cleaning up and never reuse cleaning cloths, paper towels.  Never eat, smoke and eat in or around infected areas. Never compress trash bags. Use tongs to pick up needles. 

    Blood-borne pathogens is nothing to mess with. Following universal precautions, protective practices and providing training on how to properly clean infected areas, will prevent serious illness or even death to your employees and staff. 

    Learn More About Bloodborne Pathogens Here



  • 10 Apr 2019 7:55 AM | Juliet Davison

    Grandma used baking soda to remove foul smells in the washing. It whitened and brightened our laundry for generations. How did the "Modern Woman" (at the time..;) decide that new laundry detergents must be better because they were "New and Modern." is unknown. However, It probably made sense that when you bought a new machine or just ran out of your tried and true, you should try a new and improved product. One thing is true, television was just available in the homes and product marking was at historical highs. Over the years it seems that the availability of premixed soaps and ready to use packs, liquid options etc. took the place on the shelf where our baking soda and vinegar once resided. It was several years ago when I became aware of the natural powers of everyday items and household staples for use as handy, safe and effective cleaners. 

    The truth is, it took a teenage boy to set me straight about cleaners. He was taking my living skills class and we were studying laundry tips. He educated the whole class about common stain removal solutions, bathroom cleaners, and green alternatives that are better for the earth and our health. Come to find out he gained his knowledge from his amazing foster Mom. After my education, I switched many of my household chemicals out for recycled or refillable alternatives. I love the idea of doing my small part to help out the ozone and limiting my families exposure to harmful toxins in our home. Please visit this site for others that have Greened up!  http://www.ijcsa.org/Green-Cleaning-Services 


  • 09 Apr 2019 6:40 PM | Alberto Atallah

    How to stay healthy in a toxin-ridden business.

    It should be noted that there's no way to not be exposed to harmful toxins or bacteria in real life, but there certainly are ways to minimize it. Our bodies are suited to combat these harmful substances and help us heal and grow more immune to them, but repeated exposure and improper care can wear down even the hardiest of people. You could be a healthy individual who exercises, eats right, and takes care of their overall well-being; and still be prone to disease or other complications due to exposure to things you often don't give a second thought...such as common cleaning products that are already in your home. You'll notice many products contain the label "hazardous to humans and animals", and might think, "why would I use this all over my house or office?"

    The average household has over 60 toxic chemicals, a claim by environmental experts. These are often found in fragrances or their furniture/counter top cleaners, making people prone to asthma, cancer, and other chemical imbalances in the body. These exposures are more hidden than more direct hazards, like heavy fumes or direct contact with other chemicals. A common harmful substance found in air fresheners an dish soaps, are phthalates. These are considered endocrine disruptors, so men who are exposed to these on a constant basis suffer from reduced sperm counts and other hormonal complications. Since the skin has no protective layer like our organs do, direct contact is much less safe. You can reduce exposure to these by choosing more green options to cleanse the air; such as having plants or lighting a scented candle.

    Another harmful substance known as 2-butoxyethanol, is readily available in most window, kitchen, and all-purpose cleaners. The convenience of these items and the fresh, clean feeling they provide after use can be misleading. When you constantly inhale these scents, the body is more prone to lung, liver, and kidney damages. The riskier part is, US Law does not require this chemical to be listed on a product's label. A way to dilute or reduce this chemical's presence, is once again to employ a greener option to clean your windows and kitchen. A mixture of vinegar, oil, and water is an effective, non-threatening solution to leave your glass surfaces sparkling. Washed with a microfiber cloth or even a newspaper, you can rest assured knowing your windows are clean and your organs unharmed.

    Ammonia is another one of several common chemicals found in our cleaners. Usually they're found in products that clean bathrooms, sinks, jewelry, as well as glass. Since ammonia evaporates and leaves your glass feeling sparkly and clean, people often don't give it a second thought. Ammonia is a powerful irritant, especially bad for those who suffer from asthma or other lung issues. House cleaners who must do their work can spend hours exposed to this, and even if they suffered no health issues before, they can suddenly spring up in the form of bronchitis or asthma. A viable choice would be to use vodka on any metal surface, as it will produce that shine without the added health risk.

    Chlorine, which is used as an antiseptic and disinfectant can be misleading in thinking it is safe. Even when you're in the pool and open your eyes underwater, you can feel the irritation it gives and the distinct red coloring your eyes get after. It's also commonly found in toilet cleaners, laundry whiteners, and mildew removers. The fumes it gives off go to your skin due to proximity, but it's also running in the tap water you brush your teeth with or shower with. The effects can be mild, or chronic, but it's certain that it causes irritation in our breathing. To scrub in an effective and safer manner, try using baking soda and vinegar. A mixture of vinegar and borax powder work well for whitening clothes. To reduce the exposure you get from tap water, consider installing filters on your sinks and showers.

    Aside from the few chemicals mentioned earlier, customers really need to be aware of greenwashing. Greenwashing refers to companies or products that label themselves as "green" or "natural" mistakenly leading to believe they are nontoxic. The environmental consulting firm known as TerraChoice Group made up a report called "The Sins of Greenwashing" in which it found more than 95% of "green" consumer products contain at least one or few harmful toxins. Being certified as a green cleaner by the IJCSA is a great step for you as a cleaning business owner, to show your customers you know proper and safe procedures to provide an effective, natural cleaning solution. Check out a green-certified company in this directory:

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


    Source from: https://experiencelife.com/article/8-hidden-toxins-whats-lurking-in-your-cleaning-products/


  • 09 Apr 2019 2:58 PM | Patricia Gallagher

           Workers in many occupations including the cleaning industry may be exposed to infectious microorganisms known as Bloodborne Pathogens. These Bloodborne include but are not limited to Hepatitis B (HBV),Hepatitis C (HCV) and Immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

    Due to the possibility of exposure ,it is of the upmost importance to educate your staff about Bloodborne pathogens.

    It is Vital to understand the hazards associated with expose, but it is equally important to follow the work site expose plan put in  place by your employer. This plan will include details on Personal Protective Equipment, work practices,and engineering controls to minimize employee exposure.             Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace.

    This can only happen with education, continuous training and the staffs willingness to follow universal precautions and properly use the Personal protective equipment provided.

    Learn More About Bloodborne Pathogens Here

  • 09 Apr 2019 2:18 PM | Miguel Bonilla-Roman

     

    In every industry around the world, cleaning employees or cleaning staff are need it to provide a specific or particular cleaning service. The cleaning employees can be refer as janitor, custodian, custodial portercleaner or caretaker. In this role, the person is responsible for the facilities general cleaning and regular maintenance. Some good facilities examples are hospitals, schools, and public or private residential accommodations. Since they work in so many varied facilities, the potential risk of being expose to BBP found in human blood and body fluids is very high.

    Some of these high-risk facilities are relate to the health care sector: hospitals, medical laboratories and medical treatment facilities. BBP exposure and contamination problem is universal around the globe. For example, Hasnaa, Sally & Khaled (2019) found in their study that biological occupational hazards in the form of needle stick injuries can occur anywhere within the health care organization. Furthermore, at the global level the number of health care workers annually exposed to sharp injuries contaminated with HBV, HCV or HIV is estimate at 2.1 million, 926,000 and 327,000 respectively (Hasnaa, & et al, 2019). This is why is so important to know the universal BBP precautions and other safety procedures establish from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). These procedures will help to keep them safe, avoiding direct contact to blood or any other body fluid.  

    To acquire the necessary knowledge on how to prevent BBP transmission and cross-contamination; formal training is the established method that most organizations use to create strong knowledge on the BBP universal safety practices. This knowledge will be a “self-defense” mechanism in BBP exposure and cross-contamination for the cleaning employee in any facility. Sanabria, A. (2018) strongly suggest that “…the importance of providing employees with relevant training opportunities as well as the benefits of enhancing existing training programs to fit the needs of specific occupations and work settings (para 3)” is essential. In other words, BBP training is the “base line” for successful implementation of universal BBP safety practices in facilities.

    References:

    Amina, A. E. M., and Samah, S. S. (2019). Safety Training Program for Clinical Laboratory Workers Regarding Prevention of Occupational Hazards. American Journal of Nursing Research, 7(2), p. 116-127 doi: 10.12691/ajnr-7-2-3

    Hasnaa, A. A.; Sally A. H. and Khaled M. A. E. (January 2019). “Awareness of Health Care Workers about Infection Control Practice and Occupational Safety at a Tertiary Care Hospital, Cairo, Egypt”. Department of Community, Environmental and Occupational Medicine, Faculty of medicine, Ain Shams University. The Egyptian Journal of Community Medicine, 37(1), p. 54-62.

    Sanabria, Amanda, "Implementing and Evaluating an Advanced Bloodborne Pathogen Training for the Department of Campus Recreation at Clemson University. A Mixed Methods Study of Training Effectiveness and Retention" (2018). All Theses. 2878. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/all_theses/2878

  • 08 Apr 2019 11:51 AM | Irma Arias

    Being green clean certified provides many benefits for my company.  I will be able to protect my clients from the harsh chemicals found in toxic cleaning products.  Knowing that I will be reducing or eliminating respiratory and skin problems brings me satisfaction. 

    There will be less harm done to the environment by the use of non-toxic and biodegradable products. The overall air quality will improve. 

    We are able to show our dedication to protect human health and the environment.  We care about our clients and the people in the world.  

    Being listed on the IJCSA Green Cleaning Service Directory will help our prospective clients find us. They will be confident in knowing they're receiving cleaning services from a certified green cleaning company. 


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