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  • 15 Jan 2021 8:11 AM | Elroy Edwards III

    There are many ways we can implement Medical Cleaning Practices into other Residential and Commercial Cleaning Services. The first thing that should always be done should also be the simplest. Making sure that all employees Wash their Hands frequently and most important properly (ie. for at least 20 seconds). Hand sanitizer should also be available for use by all. Another great tool that is generally only used within the medical field are PPE's or Personal Protective Equipment. While most cleaning personnel already use the most common PPE- gloves. I believe that it would also be very beneficial to implement the use of other PPE's such as face masks & goggles.

    Another great medical cleaning practice to implement is to treat ALL trash as if it is potentially contaminated and to make sure that it is disposed of properly. It is very important to make sure that we not only clean areas but that we also disinfect them. Knowing the difference between cleaning and disinfecting is not something that is known by all, but is vital. There are a lot of types of disinfectants that can be used for different things but it is also equally important to know the proper place and way they should be used.

    Using the "3 rule method" in Residential or Commercial Cleaning Settings would be very beneficial to not only help get the job done right but to get it done quicker. The "3 rule method" starts with cleaning an area clockwise, from Top to Bottom. Then do your Dry cleaning first such as dusting, sweeping, garbage, etc. & then do your Wet cleaning such as wiping down desks, computers, phones, etc. And lastly is to use a Consistent Pattern like back & forth, or side to side.

    A couple of other great practices that would be helpful to implement in other cleaning industries are. Work Practice Controls which reduce the likelihood of exposure by altering the way a task is performed. And, Administration Controls which includes the education & training of employees. And also the application of standard operating procedures for the prevention of exposure.

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  • 15 Jan 2021 7:21 AM | Cody Kayser

    Janitorial services are often an overlooked service to our communities; however, their importance cannot be mentioned enough. Through the physical efforts of Janitorial staff, our communities are cleaner and safer than they could be without them. Janitorial staff clean a wide variety of commercial locations including, but not limited to: shopping malls, business offices, medical offices, grocery stores, production/ manufacturing floors etc.

    If it were not for our Janitors, the risk of contracting a foodborne illness would be significantly higher when dining, the risk of contracting a communicable illness would be higher at our workplaces, shopping locations and medical offices, contamination could be occurring in our manufacturing and production plants etc. Janitors are keeping you healthy and safe from daily threats that we cannot see and their importance to our communities cannot be undermined.

    Locate a certified Janitorial Service today, using IJCSA's Janitorial Services Directory at : https://www.ijcsa.org/Janitorial-Service-Directory-Find-A-Janitorial-Service-JanitorialServices

  • 15 Jan 2021 7:20 AM | Johnathan Sanchez

    Your building is essential to where your customers gain trust! Here at IJCSA you are sure to find cleaning services that will provide a deep and thorough cleaning while utilizing the latest up-to-date equiptment that allows us to clean up to a wide range of flooring. We also use safe cleaning solutions that will achieve the best results. Frequently cleaning your carpets greatly improves indoor air quality, and helps to alleviate allergy symptoms. Please contact one of our trained professionals and we wold be happy to provide you with a free quote.

  • 15 Jan 2021 6:52 AM | Johnathan Sanchez

    There are quite a few benefits to having your carpet or rugs cleaned. First and foremost, this is a job you want professionally done at least once a year! You want to be sure you see the life of your carpets extended. 

    Keeping up with your carpets/rugs not only removes those hard to scrub out stains, but it annihilates moisture when used with the right equiptment. With IJCSA we use top of the line high powered drying tools... just a side note. Another reason is one of the most important I might add, especially if you have children. Having your carpets and rugs kept up with prevents mold and mildew growth. Touching or even inhaling mold or mold spores can cause allergic reactions. These allergic responses can be as simple as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, skin rash, or as severe as hay fever. These reactions can be immediate or possibly delayed. So why take the chance? It benefits all to take 1 day out of the year, and have a professional come to save you all that hassle and headache, literally!

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  • 14 Jan 2021 8:19 PM | 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.

  • 14 Jan 2021 7:33 PM | Kegan Lung

    My name is Kegan with Surface Masters INC, Denver, CO. We have over 40 years of experience working in the cleaning industry, which has lead to multiple biohazard cleaning situations. As such, we can not stress the point enough, that proper handling of waste and proper cleaning techniques is cruel in avoiding coming into contact with bloodborne pathogens.  

    Being a family owned and operated business has both its benefits and trials. When someone you love isn't following proper protocol of the Exposure control plan. It becomes both a business and personal matter, and makes holding your team accountable a challenge. 

    For this reason we have found that regular meeting and discussions are the best approach to dealing with possible exposure and proper handling techniques. Because let's face it, when there is a job to be done often finishing the job is more of a focus than following safety regulations. 

    Making materials readily available makes this task more manageable. That is why we inventory our personal protection items before and after each job. And have clearly marked chemicals and waste areas on every job sight.

    We even go as far as singing to each other. "Wash your hands, don't touch your face,  wear your gloves and mark the waste!" We find its much easier to remind people while singing instead of harsh reminders. After all a happy work space is a successful safe work space!

     

  • 14 Jan 2021 6:12 PM | Alex Robles

    Employees and employers both should be properly informed on proper OSHA standards for Bloodborne pathogens. The importance of PPE is mandatory and should be worn regardless if area is safe or not, and/or if the person is experienced or not. PPE is to be worn at all times. 


    It is very important to have a OSHA control plan, which helps determine what to do before and after any exposure. Proper control plans show in detail how to properly clean up after potentially hazardous materials as well as how to properly dispose of such materials. Having a OSHA control plan could save many lives including your own. 


    It is important that every employee and employer receives proper training and safety instruction. OSHA provides guidelines to be followed at all times. As well as a document that should be used in any incident report related to any Bloodborne pathogen exposures.

  • 14 Jan 2021 5:28 PM | Viktoriya Johanson

    Learning about the safety of bloodborne pathogens is an integral part of any cleaners training. Bloodborne pathogens are microorganisms found in human blood. The most common of these and HPV and HIV, both of which are lifelong illness’ if contracted. Each cleaner must know the safety protocols of having proper PPE as well as the Universal Standard of removing, cleaning and disinfecting, and disposal of contaminated items. Employees should also be up to date on their companies exposure plan, and any necessary vaccines, before entering a work place where exposure to bloodborne pathogens is present.

  • 14 Jan 2021 5:17 PM | Teferro Jeffries

    The HealthCare Cleaning Business is a dirty business.  In some instances, it can even be deadly.  Bloodborne Pathogens in the workplace is a very serious matter.  These infectious fluids can be transmitted very easily.  This is why proper education on the subject is vital to your business and most importantly, employee safety.

    Bloodborne Pathogens are are infectious microorganisms in human blood that can cause disease in humans. These pathogens include, but are not limited to, hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).  Cleaning employees can be exposed to these pathogens by cleaning bodily fluids, wiping blood, improperly handling trash amongst other things.  This shows why it is extremely crucial that all employees are educated and trained on the importance of properly  handling and cleaning of all things that have been in contact with potential Bloodborne Pathogens.

    OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health Administration) has set guidelines for dealing with such materials.  Universal Precautions is in place to make sure that all hazardous waste are handled as if they contained Bloodborne Pathogens.  OSHA mandates proper use and disposal of PPE when cleaning and highly encourages proper handwashing.  These are just some of the information that OSHA provides to make sure that the Healthcare industry is as safe as possible. 

    Bloodborne Pathogens are extremely dangerous.   However, with proper training and education, employees can help maintain a healthy and safe work environment.   

  • 14 Jan 2021 4:35 PM | Chris Yaccarino

    Bloodborne Pathogens is a very serious and are easily transported from person to person. In the cleaning industry it is very important for all persons that come into contact with bodily fluids such as blood and saliva to take very serious cautionary practices.

    All PPE that is used during the clean up of any bodily fluids must be disposed of or properly cleaned.

    There are many symptoms of potential infections and must be reported to your Healthcare Professional immediately.

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