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  • 29 Jul 2021 4:05 PM | Frances Kelly

    As we implement green cleaning as a certified IJCSA Member, we will be distinguished from our competitors. Being a certified green cleaning business will prove that we have the knowledge and credibility along with the know how. This certification will allow us to have a competitive edge over other businesses who are operating as a non-certified cleaning company or may not be certified to offer the service.

    Providing this service to customers will allow us to add more benefits. These benefits includes but not limited to: health and wellness, safety, and cleaning efficiency.


    One, health and wellness can eliminate exposure to toxic chemicals, reduce incidence of asthma attacks caused by dust and chemical allergens, as well as, improve indoor air quality by minimizing airborne dust and chemical gases.

    Secondly, safety can improve training programs by emphasizing safety and strengthening awareness, provide or recommend safer of handling of chemicals using automatic dilution dispensers, and improve control of chemical inventory and storage locations 

    Final, cleaning efficiency can improve cleaning processes and systems, promote increased learning and productivity, and reduce the frequency of labor-intensive tasks such as refinishing floors by using less intensive cleaning and maintenance activities more often.

    Frances Kelly

    Apply The Pressure LLC 




  • 29 Jul 2021 3:39 PM | Danielle Caron

        In today's ever changing climate of infectious disease the need for bloodborne pathogen training with all staff is vitally important. The possibility that staff in any capacity will come in contact with bodily fluids is increasingly high.

        The ability for the staff to have the knowledge for the proper procedures to avoid self and cross contamination is instrumental in preventing the spread of pathogens. Instructing the staff on proper use of PPE to avoid exposure to infectious diseases is paramount to control the spread of all pathogens. 

        Proper use of PPE, containment kits, and reporting protocol is all established with proper training. 

  • 29 Jul 2021 2:43 PM | Jenny Barlow

    It is important for employees and staff to understand the practice of Bloodborne Pathogen certification and Universal Precautions when dealing with blood or bodily fluids. Universal precautions teaches to assume any human blood or bodily fluids may be affected by BBP (bloodborne pathogens). As such when dealing with a situation that requires clean up and sanitizing of such an area those involved in the cleaning must be aware of the risks and hazards when dealing with this type of waste. 

    Some ways to help mitigate the risks are to practice the following guidelines:

    1. Hand hygiene - wash hands thoroughly prior to eating, drinking, applying lip balm, or any other activity that may expose you to BBP
    2. Use of personal protective equipment (e.g., gloves, masks, eyewear). - PPE used properly can help reduce risk of exposure
    3. Respiratory hygiene / cough etiquette. - Cover it, don't spread it.
    4. Sharps safety (engineering and work practice controls). - Be very careful when handling hypodermic needles or other objects that may have come in contact with blood or other bodily fluids
    5. Safe injection practices (i.e., aseptic technique for parenteral medications).
    6. Sterile instruments and devices. - Don't reuse instruments or tools that have come possibly come in contact with BBP
    7. Clean and disinfected environmental surfaces. - Keep all areas clean and disinfected to prevent further spread of pathogens
    8. Awareness of any open wounds when handling blood or bodily fluids as that is one of the most common ways to transmit an infection 

    In the end, we want all our employees and staff to go home safe to their family and friends. To do so it is important to follow OSHA's BBP training to keep co-workers, family, and friends safe. It is the responsibility of all professionals to do their part by following the practices of the OSHA BBP certification program.


  • 29 Jul 2021 1:35 PM | Brian Scott

    Janitors and Janitorial staff play a big role in daily life, by providing healthy environments.They help prevent the spread of illness and infection in the workplace, which improves indoor quality. Now more than ever, janitorial and commercial cleaning are needed, in facilities due to the arise of new pathogens that are begin spread in the environment. Buildings and facilities are needing extra serves to make sure they are germ free for their occupants. Janitors provide safe and clean spaces which means less distractions and more comfort for employee and clients. Janitorial and commercial cleaning are now seen as the new first responders when it comes to taking care of all facilities. Janitors and janitorial staff job promotes wellness, health and safety to public facility, schools, work offices, hospitals, and restaurants. Take for instance a school, administration, and teachers rely on the cafeteria, classrooms, and restrooms to be kept clean for school staff and children. Janitors job are to meet the needs of others.

  • 29 Jul 2021 11:41 AM | Cody Kayser

    The proper cleaning of healthcare facilities is important for many reasons. Proper cleaning of healthcare facilities primarily prevents pathogens from infecting the cleaner themselves, the staff that work at the facility and the patients that they care for. Improper cleaning practices could cause the spread of contagious illnesses and chronic disease.  

    By practicing the standards of infection control and following OSHAs precautions for bloodborne pathogens, the cleaner is taking an active role in keeping themselves and everyone else coming into contact with all surfaces within the environment safe and healthy. To find a cleaning company that meets certification standards, search the IJCSA service directory at: https://www.ijcsa.org/Janitorial-Service-Directory-Find-A-Janitorial-Service-JanitorialServices

    Cody Jay Kayser

  • 29 Jul 2021 10:58 AM | Stephen Martin

    The COVID-19 Pandemic has raised awareness for businesses and their cleaning companies to be focused and diligent to prevent the potential spread of pathogenic organisms that can cause disease in humans.  It's pretty clear that medical facilities have to refresh their approach, but in our industry of cleaning offices, warehouses and large distribution centers--there are also some "must-do" precautions that should be implemented by employers.

    Employees must be trained to assume that all people, products and materials should be considered contaminated.  Failure to follow consistent safety practices can be a life or death decision.  First, protective practices begin with cleaners protecting themselves with proper protective equipment (PPE).  This includes eyewear (to prevent splashing, spray, droplets), gloves and footwear.  Also similar to hospital color coding, cleaning staff in warehouses should use color coding of rags and equipment to limit cross-contamination from room to room and client to client.   Proper disposal of trash, rags, towels and gloves is important and disinfecting tools is essential. 

    In our disinfection services, we have found that clients are open to discussion that informs how they can protect their employees and allow cleaners better access to help in the fight.  Simple things like clearing your desk and removing personal items or grouping equipment and supplies for easy access.  Disinfection requires attention to detail of all surfaces that are touched frequently, but includes things touched unconsciously like tops of cubicles,  chair levers, chair backs, drawer handles and buttons on machinery.  An informed workforce partnered with a diligent cleaning company can make both cleaning employees and client's workers safer! 

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  • 29 Jul 2021 10:06 AM | Brennan 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

  • 29 Jul 2021 9:10 AM | Amy Zalkin

    Paramount to cleaning touch surfaces; knowledge and training about bloodborne pathogens (BBP) and protecting yourself and staff members when coming into contact must be universal and transparent. This article will explain the  importance of bloodborne pathogen training and how it effects the quality, health, and safety of those exposed in a cleaning setting. 

    Several setting will potentially put a cleaning technician in direct contact with bloodborne pathogens such as, blood, vomit, urine, saliva, etc.   Most notably, hospitals and healthcare settings will have some of the greatest chances for this to occur. Other settings where exposure to BBP can occur are: schools, residential/commercial/restoration cleaning crews , garbage collectors, to name a few. In order to ensure safety and quality, every staff member and or employee who may come into contact with BBP's must be trained in identifying and properly disposing of and or cleaning materials contaminated with BBP.

    Consequently, wearing proper personal protector equipment (PPE) while cleaning or sanitizing is the best way to prevent accidental exposure to these bio-hazards.  As each employee is trained in what BBP's are they must also be educated in best practices for cleaning and sanitizing. Equally important are PPE used to reduce exposure, such as: goggles, splash guard/face shields, respirators, gloves--chemical resistant, aprons or suits, and most importantly taking care to avoid needle sticks or punctures, and reporting any accidents to their appropriate supervisor.

    As a final step, thorough hand washing, avoiding facial touching, and wearing masks will ensure protection against illnesses and exposure to potentially life threatening toxins.  Following these practices will ensure transparency across quality, health, safety of each cleaning staff member, and utilizing best industry cleaning practices.

  • 29 Jul 2021 8:17 AM | Hector Pena

    It is more critical now more than ever, with the Covid 19 pandemic, that we take preventative measures when cleaning. Cleaning should be top priority, and with that a thorough plan should be set in place. With a strong plan set in place, both the workplace and the employees  are safe.

    First, we need to understand that bloodborne pathogens are found in a humans blood, vomit, saliva that could be harmful if direct contact is made causing serious diseases. These diseases include HIV, HBV, and Hepatitis. Expose ourselves to these pathogens thru our nose and mouth, but also thru cuts and scrapes on our skin.

    To prevent ourselves from becoming ill, it is imperative to follow Oshas Universal Precaution, recommends that blood and certain body fluids from ALL patients be considered potentially infectious and that infection control precautions be taken to minimize the risk of exposure. Some precautions required by my cleaning employees are that they wear proper PPE including a facemask and gloves.



  • 29 Jul 2021 7:49 AM | Cody Kayser

    Cleaning in the medical field, you tend to follow best practices when it comes to standard and enhanced infection control. Following these precautions keeps the cleaner safe, the staff safe and the patients safe.

    When it comes to cleaning a residential, or non-medical commercial location; we should implement standard precautions to keep ourselves safe and our clients safe. The cleaner, in any environment,  should wash their hands, don personal protective equipment, and treat surfaces as though they are contaminated with potentially infectious pathogens.

    In a medical setting, there may be signs present that warn the cleaner of the dangers associated with coming into contact with potentially infectious pathogens. In a residential or other non-medical commercial location, these warnings are not always present. Cleaners need to take precautions to keep themselves safe and healthy, no matter what environment they are in.

    When cleaning residential and non-medical commercial buildings: cleaning staff should always wash their hands, wear appropriate PPE and should consider using a hospital grade disinfectant cleaner to protect everyone from pathogens that may be contained within the environment.

    To find a certified company through the IJCSA, search the service directory at: https://www.ijcsa.org/Janitorial-Service-Directory-Find-A-Janitorial-Service-JanitorialServices

    Cody Kayser

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