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  • 28 Sep 2021 3:20 PM | Gustavo Espinosa

    The daily cleaning of any facility is very important to everyone that comes in contact with the building. Not only is a first impression important it shows the level of responsibility your organization shows as to cleanliness , safety etc.  The daily janitor usually is one that opens the facility and polices the entire area to look for anything that is out of order ,any trash or safety issues and takes care of all .

    When you have a Daily custodial/janitor , they usually police all public areas a couple of times a day and also make sure that all bathrooms are not only clean at all times but that they are appropriately stocked in all paper, tissue and soap dispensers. Dry any spills and or wet floors throughout the day.

    The nightly janitorial cleaners take care of the heavy cleaning after all building personnel have gone. They take out all trash , clean all bathrooms, public areas and offices getting them ready for another day of use. They are also responsible to secure all garbage area and the building once they are finished and ready to leave the building.

    As you can see the janitor/custodian is a very important part of the daily staff on any building. They are the ones that make everything go smooth during the day and take care of any issues accordingly as they are usually the ones that get to see any issues first.  


  • 28 Sep 2021 3:08 PM | Valerie Jones

    In order to provide a safe and healthy environment not only for ourselves but for those we provide services to we must be aware of all dangers that could possibly arise. By becoming aware we will obtain a better understanding of how these dangers are passed or transmitted.  By following OSHA guidelines and proper practices we effectively eliminate these dangers from spreading during any medical emergency in order to save lives.

    Working in the cleaning industry we are more likely to be exposed to blood and bodily fluid when servicing medical facilities such as nursing homes and hospitals. Even as a residential housekeeper there's a possibility of exposure. Cleaning staff needs to be aware of the different symptoms following an exposure and how to protect themselves and others.

    Recovering from the COVID outbreak that hit worldwide it is essential to take safety measures and ensure workers are able to identify the pathogens, transmission modes, and symptoms to prevent and control occupational exposure by providing training  to prevent becoming infected.

  • 28 Sep 2021 12:54 PM | Robert Valentine

    The importance of cleaning staff knowing about B.B.Ps.


    It is very important for everyone to know about bloodborne pathogens and the fact that contracting them could lead to serious illness and maybe even death. It is not only the worker or the janitor who should have this knowledge but everyone else too. Like the wife of the janitor. so that she has the knowledge to catch a potential contraction of a bloodborne pathogen. Nobody cares more about the service worker then his or hers family. 

    It is even more important for the cleaning staff or janitor to know that he or she should about BBPs. They are not only responsible for themselves but to all the people they come into contact with. Especially if they have the responsibility and duties of cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing the restrooms at work. They have the responsibility to make sure that the restroom is a safe place for the consumer to use.

    When dealing with blood, vomit, or trash there is the possibility to catch a BBP. It can been on a piece of toilet paper that someone used to sneeze on that was left in the trash. It is also important that the janitor use the right protective gear so as to not transfer any possible contaminants to his or her fellow employees. Handling the duties of a janitor should be done slowly and carefully. 

    In conclusion it should be a practice for the cleaning staff or janitor to work slowly. Making sure to be careful and not be careless and sloppy.  

     

  • 28 Sep 2021 11:26 AM | Martha Wilson

    Janitors and janitorial staff play a very important role in our everyday life especially in the workplace. They create a healthy working environment by preventing the spread of pathogens that cause sickness and disease it improves the quality of air. Cleanliness is very important in the workplace.

    Janitors and janitorial staff go through extensive training that helps them keep businesses clean and sanitized. They keep businesses looking clean and presentable at all times. Especially when they use appropriate cleaning methods that reduce the number of allergens found in the air.

    Janitorial workers are very essential, they are trained to use proper cleaning techniques. A clean and sanitizes keeps clients and employees happy know that the janitorial staff is taking pride into keeping them safe. Janitors and janitorial stay play a major role in keeping the workplace going strong. By creating a clean working environment for all.

  • 28 Sep 2021 9:42 AM | Paige Casler

    The proper cleaning and sanitation of any and all healthcare facilities is incredibly important. So much that it could save numerous lives. Now, cleaning of healthcare facilities isn't an easy or simple task. There are many steps and protocols to follow in order to keep a healthcare facility clean and to keep viruses and bacteria from being spread from person to person, surface to surface, and room to room. 

    The most important steps to follow, though, is wearing the proper PPE and following proper hand hygiene. These two steps can significantly reduce the spread of germs and diseases from one room to the next and person to person. You may not realize just how easy it is to spread things around because you can't see the microorganisms with your naked eye, but they are always present unless you follow the proper protocols. 

    Being sure that you properly clean and sanitize a patient room is the next step in preventing the spread of HAI's. Approximately 1.7 million people contract HAI's every year with around 99,000 of those resulting in deaths. Staph infections being the leading pathogen that accounts for 84% of HAI's. If all facilities were to follow the proper protocol in cleaning and sanitization as well as wearing the proper PPE and hand hygiene the numbers could drop within the first year. 

    Follow the link below to find companies that offer cleaning and sanitation services in your area.

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

    steps and protocols to follow in order to keep a healthcare facility clean and to keep viruses and bacteria from being spread from person to person, surface to surface, and room to room. 

    The most important steps to follow, though, is wearing the proper PPE and following proper hand hygiene. These two steps can significantly reduce the spread of germs and diseases from one room to the next and person to person. You may not realize just how easy it is to spread things around because you can't see the microorganisms with your naked eye, but they are always present unless you follow the proper protocols. 

    Being sure that you properly clean and sanitize a patient room is the next step in preventing the spread of HAI's. Approximately 1.7 million people contract HAI's every year with around 99,000 of those resulting in deaths. Staph infections being the leading pathogen that accounts for 84% of HAI's. If all facilities were to follow the proper protocol in cleaning and sanitization as well as wearing the proper PPE and hand hygiene the numbers could drop within the first year. 

    Follow the link below to find companies that offer cleaning and sanitization services in your area.

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

  • 28 Sep 2021 8:27 AM | Dave Harting

    Janitors and Janitorial staff play a crucial role in preventing infectious diseases from spreading. Often, sickness results from unclean conditions. Without janitorial services, we would live under the threat of becoming infected with illnesses that could be easily avoided. This prevents the progression of society, since many people would be hindered by poor health because of an unclean environment. Cleanliness is something important not only physically, but also to mental welfare.

    Clean conditions can help motivate people and support mental health. While being physically healthy is extremely important, supporting mental welfare through keeping a clean environment holds equal value. People work better in clean conditions, which helps to keep our world moving. This affects our daily lives because while we do work, people like janitors clean up and make sure the workspace is sufficient enough to support good work ethic.

    Through this, our daily life is affected. Every day that we go to work, we can see a clean environment and work somewhere where we do not need to worry about getting sick because of poor conditions. This causes ease over the mind and therefore allows us to move forward in our place of work and in our life. Janitorial staff play a big role in the progression of the workplace and in our personal health.

    https://www.ijcsa.org/Sys/PublicProfile/31956486/1668906 

  • 28 Sep 2021 7:56 AM | Carolina Herrera

    Bloodborne pathogens are disease-causing microorganisms that can be transmitted through blood or bodily fluids. It is important to treat all bloodborne pathogens carefully because they can be potentially harmful.

    Proper cleaning methods and prevention should always be used to protect yourself and others. Cleaners should have a very good training to avoid the risk of bloodborne pathogens exposure, this is why workers who are exposed to blood and any body fluids must take all the universal precautions and follow the OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) standard, created in 1991, which is composed of a written plan, entitled the exposure control plan, training requirements and record keeping guidelines .

    This is the best way to eliminate hazards that can affect employees and people in the workplace, you simply can't be careful when it comes to dealing with blood or other infectious materials, proper procedures will always offer the protection needed to keep the workplace safe.

     




  • 28 Sep 2021 7:08 AM | Stephen Frost

    Cleaners, in all sectors of the industry, following the proper procedures and guidelines is crucial for the health and safety of everyone involved. Including the general public. Bloodborne pathogens are a very real threat, and precaution should always be used when handling a clean up that contains potential bodily fluids, or syringes.

    Bloodborne pathogens can enter the body through mucus membranes, such as the eyes, mouth, and nose. They can also enter through breaks in the skin such as a cut on the hand. That is why it is imperative that proper PPE be used at all times. This includes, gloves, safety glasses, and a mask. With Covid-19 being a risk as well, we should always have the proper PPE on hand.

    As I previously stated, following proper procedures and guidelines is crucial for the safety of the general public as well. This is why all potentially infectious material, including the towels used on a jobsite that may contain bloodborne pathogens, should be disposed of in properly marked biohazard bags and containers, not thrown in with the regular trash.

    By doing the right thing, and keeping everyone involved safe, we can minimize the risks and ensure a cleaner, safer, home or commercial environment.     

  • 28 Sep 2021 6:43 AM | Frances Kelly

    Healthcare cleaning standard practices for medical cleaning and disinfection can followed in residential and commercial cleaning.  

    Germs live everywhere, outdoors and indoors. You don't have to look far they can be found in the air, on food, plants, animals all about every other surfaces, including your body

    Keeping a good hygiene is a very important  way to prevent the spreading of germs, bacteria and viruses. One is the ensure you always wash your hands especially if you touch your face or before eating. Second, always cover got mouth when you cough. Third, wash and bandage all cuts. Last, don't share dishes, glasses or eating utensils

    A strong immune system protects the body from outside bacteria, viruses, toxins, and fungi. Most germs are harmless, especially if your immune defenses are high. A healthy immune system protects against illnesses.

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    Frances Kelly 

    Apply The Pressure LLC 

  • 28 Sep 2021 6:13 AM | Kimberlee Norton

    As a certified surgical technologist, bloodborne pathogen exposure was a prevalent concern in my everyday life.  Not just during the case, but also during room turnover between cases.  After I moved out of the operating room and into surgical technology education, teaching the how's and why's to students became even more important. In teaching them how to protect themselves, they are protecting all of their surgical team mates and ancillary department team mates.   

    Now that I have branched out in my career and am directly responsible for employee training, bloodborne training is crucial for employee safety.  Training protocols, employee checkoff's, continuing education programs, and providing PPE that will keep employees safe are a critical component within the workplace and client environment. Short cuts are not an option when it comes to employee safety.  

    Personal Protective Equipment PPE) is only effective if the employee is properly trained on how to apply it correctly and if they understand why they have to be donned the way they are.  Another component is properly removing PPE.  If the employee doesn't properly remove and dispose of the contaminated PPE, they have exposed themselves and possibly their families to bloodborne pathogens.  

    The chances of exposure can be greatly decreased by developing training programs and reinforcing that training on a semi-annual basis.  


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