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  • 12 Mar 2019 7:02 AM | Kenneth Bills

    The importance of blood-borne certification pathogens training is very often under-rated. It is of the utmost important that owners, employees are trained with the latest material. As blood-borne pathogens are everywhere, every second of every minute,of every hour,of every day,week,month,of every year and so on. workers in the health care industry and related occupations are at risk of blood-borne pathogens, including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV) on a frequent basis. 
    Bodily secretions such as but not limited to saliva, semen, vomit, snot,  etc. Without the proper training and safety equipment such as protective eye wear,apron,disposable latex gloves. The risk of exposure is can be minimized by educating and being diligent in making a plan of action and following it, but also continually evolving the plans, and evolving with the risk of greater threats. Without proper training  may just wipe up blood with out gloves, compact garbage with hands, or throw blooding bedding in garbage.

         The IJCSA bloodborne training provided also insures the people that we serve, treat  will also be insured a clean, non infectious facility, to sleep, work, have a medical procedure in with being made ill. With employees being educated about the risk of blood-borne pathogens we are eliminating possible exposure one step at a time. Thus ensuring one less pathogen exposure at a time. Saving lives, one training at a time. 

  • 11 Mar 2019 5:32 PM | RAVEN SCOTT

    IJCSA Online Cleaning Certification Programs

    Now it is easy and affordable for you to get certified right from the comfort of your home or office anytime day or night. Online certification courses and classes from the International Janitorial Cleaning Services Association are an excellent way for you to expand your knowledge and continue your education. Since 2004 all of our cleaning certification programs have been included with membership at NO EXTRA CHARGE which are the very best certification courses available online today!  

    Certification is more than just a piece of paper - it shows commitment to your career, personal growth, safety, current business trends, and a dedication to business & industry. Members should never stop learning and certify at their own pace. 

    Becoming A Member Of IJCSA Is The Most Cost Efficient Way To Gain Your Training And Certifications!

    IJCSA Master Certification (IMC) - The most comprehensive in depth online cleaning and janitorial certification program available today. 250+ questions w/ 110 written essay questions. Verbal oral exam. Average test certification time 4 hours. Average course study time 20 hours. All course materials available online. 

    Bloodborne Certification (BPC)  Bloodborne Pathogens Certification OSHA I And OSHA II Approved. Are you at risk of exposure? Stay OSHA compliant. As someone who may come in contact with blood, you are required by OSHA to be trained in bloodborne pathogens. OSHA fines for non-compliance can be as high as $70,000. Avoid fines and stay compliant with effective training that will help keep you safe and up to date. Average test certification time 1 hour. Average course study time 1 hour. All course materials available online.

    Mold Inspection & Remediation Services (MIRS)-  Provides members the ability to identify and correct potential mold infestation in a residential home or commercial building. This IJCSA course will provide you with a fundamental knowledge about fungi and the potential health risks of toxic mold. 40 hours as required by law. Average test time 2 hours.  All course materials available online. 

    Carpet Cleaning Certification (CCC) This IJCSA Carpet Cleaning Certification course covers basic to advanced carpet cleaning techniques and will enable you to be confident on every job no matter what the customer asks you or what carpet cleaning challenges are encountered. Training is focused on the green cleaning process along with standard carpet cleaning practices. Covered in this course is how to remove stubborn stains, how to prevent stains from returning, and the techniques to clean all carpet, upholstery & rugs. Average test certification time 2 hours. Average course study time 5-10 hours. All course materials available online.

    Green Cleaning Company Certification (GCC)- Residential and commercial consumers are no longer satisfied with services saying they are green companies. In some commercial situations a certification is required for you to clean their building, so they stay current with their own certification process. Green cleaning is now the most popular choice for service providers based on health and environmental reasons. Average test certification time 1 hour. Average course study time 2-4 hours. All course materials available online.

    Chemical Hazards Certification  (CHC) Improve your understanding of the underlying health and environmental impacts of chemical hazards by reviewing the toxic effects of materials and the basic mechanism of MSDS. Average test certification time 1 hour. Average course study time 2-4 hours. All course materials available online.

    Customer Service Certification (CSC) A company's reputation is only as good as the customer service it provides. Please a customer, and your client base will swell with relatives and neighbors who catch wind of your top-notch service. But upset one, and brace yourself for disaster. Average test certification time 1/2 hour. Average course study time 1 hour. All course materials available online.

    97.35% OF ALL IJCSA MEMBER STUDENTS PASSED ALL CERTIFICATIONS WITHIN 3 MONTHS IN 2018


  • 11 Mar 2019 8:28 AM | maria suazo

    The real value of this green cleaning certification depends on how this knowledge can benefit my customer.

    These are the steps that I will follow to implement a green cleaning program inside my company.

    The first, is tell the customer about the new green cleaning certification. 

    Second, Inform the client about the benefits that a green certified commercial cleaning can bring to them, employees, and the community.

    Third, explain what is green cleaning. 

    Four, talk about the safe products that we use and give them a list.

    Fifth, communicate with the employees the importance of safe and natural green cleanings.

    Sixth, after the first cleaning get a review from my customers  and employees to see if they prefer the natural cleanings over the hazardous chemical cleanings.  

    Seventh, spread the word that our company now only uses natural cleaning practices that are safe for everybody. 

    Find Professional Green Cleaning Companies Here






  • 10 Mar 2019 2:21 PM | Julie Lesage

    Occupational injuries and illnesses are common problems in the housekeeping world.  Green Cleaning protects our workers against harmful substances, and we pass on the benefits to our customers as well.  This is why we are so excited about the IJCSA Green Cleaning Certification Program.

     

    We have been raised thinking the “Clorox” and bleach smell means " truly clean".  We must educate people about the efficiency of green cleaning and the health value over conventional cleaning.  In my opinion, Green Cleaning should always be an option.  I don’t want to be responsible for harmful effects our company’s cleaning regimen will have on employees and customers.

     

    Although, our mission to educate people is far from being done, it is much easier to implement a Green Cleaning Service nowadays.  Many studies have been published to show how toxic conventional products are unhealthy.

     

    How do you promote your Green Cleaning Service without falling in the Greenwashing scheme?  Be honest about the products your use, be personal about your mission and back your claims with science.


  • 10 Mar 2019 8:17 AM | Tierney Mokos

    There's a difference between "green washing" and "green cleaning." The contrast is important when searching for a green cleaning service. Companies who use a green clean approach provide safer and sanitary methods, unlike others. Beware of greenwashing companies who pretend to benefit the environment or use eco-friendly techniques. Important tools like lists of ingredients and Professional Certified Green Cleaning Services can be found on IJSCA's website.

    Background Knowledge and reviews are notably important these days. It's significant for people to feel a product and/or service is worth its price. The International Janitorial Cleaning Services Association's list of toxic chemicals reveals a number of hazardous chemicals found in popular cleaning products and brands. A professional certified green cleaning service won't use any dangerous formulas, but does guarantee environmentally friendly practices.

    There is no reason to pay for use deadly chemicals to clean up a mess. How does that make sense? Remember, "green washers" will never be as clean as a true green cleaning team. There is only one true green.

    Find Professional Green Cleaning Services Here

  • 09 Mar 2019 10:34 AM | Thomas Wilkinson

    Bloodborne pathogens:  infectious microorganisms in human blood that can cause disease and kill humans. 

    Cleaning technicians need to be educated on human bodily fluids as they can contain very infectious and deadly diseases known as pathogens. These pathogens include, but are not limited to, hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). One should always assume that bodily fluids contain bloodborne pathogens and with proper training a cleaning tech can avoid contamination to themselves and others. Proper handling of waste material can keep you and others safe from these contaminants.

    Knowing how to handle waste material by using absorbents, spatulas, and other mechanical tools to collect bodily fluids and reducing exposure by learning, knowing, and practicing safe handling techniques is imperative to the safety of the cleaning technician performing the work.

    Understanding the need to wear Person Protection Equipment such as eye protection, gloves, face masks can save a life. Making sure not to splash, splatter, or spread the fluids can prevent accidental contamination to open mount nose or sores.  Cleaning technicians must be diligent in following these personal safety precautions to protect their person health as there are no second chances when it comes to deadly diseases.

    Dispose of materials in proper containers, marked bags, and proper receptacles and do not manually compact, squeeze or over handle any means of disposal container this can keep the cleaning technicians and others who may encounter these containers safe.

    Find Professional Certified Cleaning Companies Here


  • 08 Mar 2019 9:58 AM | Juliet Davison

    Walking through a local grocery store one cant help but notice the changes that the major chain stores are making towards offering Greener options to almost everything. Stores are motivated by consumers sales and manufacturers price points. This leads me to assume that we are all buying smarter and healthier products everyday. This is very good news indeed, If the typical shopper only knew about the risks when using window cleaner or oven cleaner etc, would any of us ever buy it again? 

    As the common family starts to move towards a safe and less toxic environment to live in I'm encouraged by the options being offered that are recycled or biodegradable. Many of the products that we come into contact with daily are toxic or known to cause cancer. Why would anyone pay for that type of exposure when we have safe options. The health risks are real, the effects are dangerous and deep down you know this. Every-time you hold your breath while cleaning the oven or put on gloves when washing the floor you know that this is something about that product that is harmful to your body.  

    Its time to give something new a try. If you already haven't tried that new window cleaner that is refillable and is a reusable bottle maybe now is the time? I know that my housekeeper used it with some newspapers to wash the windows and I have never seen them SO clean! 

    Did you know that 1/2 Cup of White Vinegar and a gallon of water is another wonderful window wash?  It also strips old wax off your floors and deodorizes. Vinegar is not the only pantry star that will change your cleaning life. Baking soda is laundry's best friend! Brighter, Whiter and smelling fresh Sodium Bicarbonate has been used for years to handle the washing. It is a great alternative to the synthetic laundry cleaners available that have harmful and toxic chemicals in them. 

    People with sensitive skin recognize the threat and often are among the first to switch to a natural product. I know for me it was the birth of my Son. I wanted to make all his food myself from Raw fresh ingredients. I didn't want any chemicals to taint his little new body. This was a enormous and daunting task that I was not prepared for. While I was successful in some areas like laundry detergent, foods, shampoos etc. It was impossible for me to keep him away from harsh chemicals once I went back to work. In my small town, excellent daycare were limited and definitely not Green. 

    I encourage all of you to join me in doing our part to limit our use of chemicals in our work and homes. Try taking baby steps and replace items as you run out of them. While at work find out what products are used to clean and make sure that they are safe for you and your co workers to use. Educate your coworkers on the benefits of going Green and removing the risk of toxic or dangerous chemicals in your workplace and in our homes.  

    IJCSA Green Cleaning Service Directory

  • 07 Mar 2019 12:02 PM | 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 


  • 07 Mar 2019 5:36 AM | Steven Thomas Jr

    Everyone needs to clean something daily. You have a choice to use either harmful chemicals or natural green solutions. Harmful chemicals are in everyday cleaning products and have negative health effects. Natural green solutions offer a better choice.

    Common household cleaning products contain toxic ingredients that can cause adverse health effects.  Chlorine bleach is in many of household products.  Bleach can irritate your lungs and eyes. Glass cleaners have a chemical in it called isopropyl alcohol and ammonia. These toxic chemicals can cause irritation to your eyes, skin, can cause coughing and wheezing.  Some people think that all-purpose cleaners are safe but they contain 2- butoxyethanol.  These cleaners can cause a person to have headaches, feeling faint and confusion.

    Natural cleaning products are a better choice. Natural cleaning products are better for your health.  Common household products such as baking soda, vinegar, olive oil and lemon juice along are a better choice for the use of cleaning your environment. Due to the fact that you can eat these products, make them a safer choice for cleaning.

    Harmful common household products have effects on people’s health that may not even realize.  When you choose to switch to natural cleaning products, you will feel better and be saving money to.  It is an easy switch because you already have the items in your kitchen cabinet.

    The decision to use common household cleaning products or natural cleaning product is an easy one.  The harmful effects of common household make it easy decision to use natural cleaning products. By using the common household cleaning products, you are hurting your health and may not of every thought about it. Natural cleaning products are better for your health and will make you feel better!

    Find IJCSA Certified Green Cleaning Services Here -> 

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


  • 06 Mar 2019 7:11 PM | Tierney Mokos

    This isn't an intervention for those poor drinking habits, although there is scrutiny of alcohol. There are a few things you may ponder when told an increased risk of cancer is associated with the manufacturing of Isopropyl Alcohol. Can this affect me? Maybe you remember reading the name on different ingredient lists (also called propanol, isopropanol rubbing alcohol.)

    Alcohol Isopropyl is a petrochemical. Through skin exposure some people react with signs of redness, itching, and/or rashes. The petroleum based chemical, like other solvents, has displayed brain and/or nerve damage with repeated exposure. Some study shows buildup promotes illness in the body. The IJCSA Green Certification course offers the suggestion to replace Isopropyl Alcohol with ethanol or 100 proof alcohol in solution with water. A place where harm can be limited is important in the Mixology process--how products are manufactured and mixed. 

    Many more hazardous chemicals exist in the cleaning industry. Remembering toxins may be difficult for most. Common names to avoid are Chlorine, Ammonia, and Flouride. Chlorine and Ammonia are both listed on the EPA's Community-Right-to-Know list as toxic chemicals. Author and Doctor John Yiammouyiannis estimates between 30,000 and 50,000 people die from fluoride poisoning each year. Found in drinking water, an acceptable concentration of 1 ppm isnt farm from 2 ppm which starts health risks.

    In short, everyday cleaning products are assembled with toxins. Harsh toxins exist in places you may not expect. Harmful effects of using everyday cleaning products can involve irritation to the eyes, mouth, nose, throat, and skin. Additional complications may cause eye damage, lightheadedness, confusion, memory loss, headaches, and more. Possibly some of the most important means of damage are VOCs. Volatile organic compounds are the solvents and other compounds which evaporate into the air and help supply the formation of smog.

    Compared to popular everyday cleaning brands, natural green products hold much more value. There is potential to reverse the harmful effects of everyday cleaning chemicals with natural green ones. Common household ingredients for natural cleaning can be lemon juice, conventional and electrolyzed water, borax, vinegar, salt, mineral oil, baking soda, washing soda, vegetable based soap, and plants with high saponin levels. Using eco-friendly products over name brands yields health benefits, increased morale, improved productivity, cost savings, improved community relations, and environmental gain. People who use the right products can be found under Green Cleaning Services

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