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  • 13 Apr 2021 11:34 AM | Omar Escobar

    Quite simply, Janitors(at least those that take their jobs seriously) make it possible for us to engage in our daily activities outside our homes. Almost every single aspect of business and commerce incorporates, to some extent, the idea that the places we visit as customers will be clean and sanitary. Customers are largely unwilling to enter business locations, commercial or otherwise, if they are littered and in general unsanitary conditions. To the extent, that our economy relies on business activity, janitors are an essential cog in the machinery of business because much of our economy(pre-pandemic) still relies on people entering clean buildings for entertainment or business.

    But trained janitors are more than just an essential part of the private business infrastructure. All government office buildings require clean and sanitary conditions to operate. Government employees cannot effectively carry on their functions in unclean or disease stricken locations. Also, members of the public cannot be expected to transact government business in unsanitary government buildings. Therefore, janitors make it possible for daily governmental functions to take place. This of course,  affects all of us, directly and indirectly.

    At Sani-Pure, https://www.ijcsa.org/Sys/PublicProfile/57430083/1668906, we understand that janitors and all persons who engage in the business of cleaning and janitorial services play an important function in our daily lives. That is why, we believe in training staff about all aspects of property cleaning and sanitation.

  • 13 Apr 2021 10:49 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.

  • 13 Apr 2021 9:21 AM | Dora Valencia

    As we all know, all of the sudden the changes has forced themselves up on us,  we must adjust and make changes in order to stay on top and move on. 

    The whole meaning of clean has totally changed for good, so for me as janitor doing house cleaning, this Coronavirus has forced me to take the concept of cleaning to the next level, so now it's not longer about general cleaning but is also much more disinfection. People want it and are demanding it, and I'm glad to provide a professional service that will help keep everyone safe. 

    They said with every crisis there comes an opportunity, not that I wanted it this way to happen, but it is here and somebody has to do the cleaning properly, --that's why I'm with IJCSA taking this highly accredited certification  

       

  • 13 Apr 2021 8:49 AM | Jose David Luna

    Bloodborne pathogens are a serious concern for cleaning employees.  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, but are not limited to, hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). These diseases can be transferred through blood and bodily fluids.  It is important that cleaning employees and staff understand the importance of these hazards and follow guidelines on safety.

    OSHA has created guidelines for employers on how to implement control measures, universal precautions, hazard communication and record keeping.  Work practices should be explained to the employees and enforcement of the procedures should be a top priority.  Understanding the importance of using Personal protective equipment, disinfectants and the post-exposure steps are critical in those working in facilities that have possible contact with bloodborne pathogens. Eating, drinking smoking, applying cosmetics or lip balm, and handling contact lenses are prohibited in work areas where there is reasonable likelihood of occupational exposure to body fluids.

    Employers must implement a safety program so 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. A universal precaution is an approach to infection control to treat all human blood and certain human body fluids as if they were known to be infectious.

  • 13 Apr 2021 7:18 AM | Jim Wood

     Bloodborne pathogens contamination can and do occur at all work sites that we clean. Most are not as obvious as a medical facility.

     With this in mind, following safe cleaning practices and not becoming complacent is necessary for the safety of our people and our clients.

     Our people are unsung heroes on the front lines and in the trenches, fighting against contamination of all kinds, not just during our current pandemic.

  • 13 Apr 2021 6:26 AM | Andrea Martinez

    It is extremely important for cleaning employees and staff to know about bloodborne pathogens, because you simply can't predict whether people carry a bloodborne pathogen by the way they look or behave. Anyone can be a carrier, and you wouldn’t know it. They might not even know it. Which is why you should treat every situation as though the person is a bloodborne pathogen carrier.

    Everyone should protect themselves against bloodborne pathogens exposures, most importantly those who may come in close contact such as cleaning employees and other staff. OSHA requires any person at a company who may come into contact with blood or OPIM as part of their job duties to be trained on bloodborne pathogens exposures at the beginning of their assignment, and to receive refresher training once a year after that. Employers are required to offer these individuals the hepatitis B vaccine series protection, and also to have an “Exposure Control Plan” that outlines the steps to take when blood or OPIM are likely to be present. Even in the safest of settings, anyone can get injured on the job, and it’s human nature to want to come to their aid. So, no matter what your job is, you need to be aware of how hazardous bloodborne pathogens are and know how to protect yourself.

    It’s an unfortunate fact that exposure to bloodborne pathogens can happen to anyone, at any time. But there’s no need to turn an accident into a life sentence of worry and illness. Protect yourself. Protect your co-workers. And, protect your family, friends and quality of life. Know and follow the precautions every person should take when there’s a potential for exposure to bloodborne pathogens: • Treat all blood and OPIM as if it’s contaminated; • Use proper personal protective equipment; • Learn and heed special labels and signs; • Follow protective work practices; • Take advantage of the hepatitis B vaccine; and • Follow appropriate cleanup, disposal and labeling procedures. The key is: when there’s a potential for exposure to bloodborne pathogens in the workplace, prepare before you act. Your life and the lives of those closest to you, may depend on it.

  • 13 Apr 2021 6:09 AM | Martha Wilson

    As time goes on, our scientist's are always discovering new things as we evolve as humans, and as the world around us changes. With these new discoveries, we are seeing virus's and bacteria evolve in such a rate that its almost hard to keep up. We have to continue to evolve as well to stay a step ahead of these virus's and bacteria's. 

    Our home is our safe place, its where we create all these beautiful memories with our families, and for some of us, we maintain it in such a way that it can be passed down from generation to generation. However, sometimes living our lives to the fullest doesn't always leave a lot of time for other things like cleaning our homes the way we would like it to be cleaned. 

    Thankfully, IJCSA offers a certification titled Residential Cleaning Specialist Certification, RCS Certification for short, that teaches those who are able to obtain it, how to properly clean your home. It is imperative that you look for a company or a individual that has this certification if you want the best of the best.

    This certification means that the person or company that will be cleaning your home is up to date on the latest news and chemicals. They are also trained on how to professionally clean your home from top to bottom so you can worry less about that and worry more about spending time with your family. 

    IJCSA holds themselves at a very high level of professionalism and cleaning standards. They make sure that all of those who has their certifications share the same standards. From washing down your baseboards without removing the paint to polishing your great grandmothers wooded desk while keeping it intact. No one ever wants to come home to an antique heirloom ruined because the wrong products were used to clean it. Save yourself some time and stress and hire someone with a IJCSA REC Certification

     


  • 12 Apr 2021 11:47 PM | Teferro Jeffries

    They are the first ones to arrive and quite possibly the last ones to leave.  They make sure that our days go smoothly and comfortably.  Some may think it is a thankless job but they deserve their flowers today.  The Janitorial staff is a critical component of our day to day life.

    Janitors are instrumental in making sure that the workplace or school facilities are comfortable and clean on a day to day basis.  They do so much more than that.  These individuals are usually the first to arrive to the facility and make sure that everything is in order for the general public's arrival.  These individuals continuously do their job at an optimal level with a smile on their face.  Typically the janitor staff are some of the nicest people you will ever meet.  Not only are these individuals creating a clean and safe work environment for everyone, they are definitely a joy to know.  

    Day in and day out, the janitorial staff delivers to it's customers.  They make sure our surroundings are clean and sanitary.  Their work is the first impression for some facilities.  With the proper training from https://www.ijcsa.org/Janitorial-Service-Directory-Find-A-Janitorial-Service-JanitorialServices , the janitors are further equipped with the skills to excel at their positions.  They are the unheralded heroes of the workplace.

  • 12 Apr 2021 9:13 PM | Nicholas Anderson

    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 implement 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.   


  • 12 Apr 2021 6:58 PM | Jaqua Lawson

    Knowledge of bloodborne pathogens is crucial for those working in the healthcare field. Proper education will help you from getting sick. For example, you should always treat any bodily fluids as contaminated. This means that wearing protective gear is a must.

    It is also important to know how to clean up after potentially infectious substances in the correct way. While wearing PPE, you should disinfect with proper chemicals and dispose of items in proper containers. Mishandling of hazardous materials is a great way to get sick and/or fired.

    Knowing what to do if you get exposed is just as vital as prevention. Thoroughly clean the exposed area and contact your supervisor right away! Follow the guidelines given to you. Finally, learn from this accident to ensure it does not happen again.


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