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  • 12 Aug 2022 7:36 AM | Andrea S & Blake G Hurlston

    In today's Cleaning industry, it is essential that all cleaning company owners, particularly, members of IJCSA, have made themselves aware of the environmental situation on hand, as it relates to how the harsh chemicals and cleaning solutions being used for decades have proven to be a serious hazard to every living creature on the face of the earth. It incumbent of us to be a part of changing the mindset of the populous.

    It is proven by most if not all of us, that "Going Green" is the best and safest option- in all aspects of our lives. We need to remove harmful chemicals and replace them by using all eco-friendly products.

    A large percentage of consumers are in synch with this safer, cleaner way of living and therefore have an expectation of us "cleaning company owners", to ensure we have acquired a similar mindset; and are capable to deliver 100% Green Cleaning services using bio-degradeable products. 

    IJCSA provides a superb educational website for its members, whereby any consumer can use its resources in Finding a Certified Green Cleaning Janitorial company in your area. International Janitorial Cleaning Service Association  online resource provides consumers with a peace of mind and satisfaction that companies listed are reputable.

    IJCSA provides a broad array of training/certification courses to equip all members with the necessary knowledge to keep us current in the industry. It is important as members that we utilize the great resources provided to us. These certifications will enhance our company image whereby we showcase that we have raised the bar in the industry, setting us apart from the other "cleaning companies".

    Be sure to sign up to all available certification courses offered by IJCSA by clicking on the following link:

    Green Clean Home Care Services are 100% eco-friendly and chemical free cleaning company and we are ensuring we keep informed on IJSCA' member discussion forums and are embracing the relevant training courses.

  • 12 Aug 2022 7:02 AM | Katrina Welch

       It is of very great importance to understand why owners, managers, and employees should be trained in dealing with bloodborne pathogens.

       HBV, HIV, and now with our recent pandemic of COVID-19 can be a deadly business. All cleaning companies should be treating every job as a possible death trap and care about making sure employees are practicing safety using the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Prevention and exposure guidelines.

      Using these simple tools and educating your employees can save you, your employees, and all your families possible tragedy in the future.

  • 12 Aug 2022 6:43 AM | Kim Worrell

    It is very important for cleaning staff to be aware of bloodborne pathogens risks. Any cleaning staff could come into contact with bodily fluids that have the possibility of spreading disease. Cleaning staff should always use universal precautions as there is a possibility to infect themselves and others by not properly handling situations where there is potentially bloodborne pathogens.

    This bloodborne pathogens training can help employees to be aware of the risks and to how use universal precautions. For instance, wearing proper PPE and following all established safety protocols. Without training, employees may not be aware of the risks and that could lead to many people being at risk to be infected by a bloodborne pathogen that could have been avoided.

    Even if a cleaning employee would not usually be expected to come into contact with a bloodborne pathogen, they should still have the proper training to be able to handle the situation and reduce the chances of anyone contracting a bloodborne pathogen disease.

  • 11 Aug 2022 11:08 PM | Giancarlo Barrera

    Cleaning employees should know about Bloodborne pathogens and the risk it carries being exposed to it, if it is infected. It's important that employees know about universal precautions to prevent the spread of Bloodborne Pathogens, such as wearing the protective gear like gloves and goggles. 

     If you are ever exposed to an infectious disease you will know how to correctly clean wounds that were exposed and disinfect the affected areas.  You should treat all blood and bodily fluids as infected. It's important that cleaners know about Bloodborne Pathogens, to keep the place clean and prevent spreading. 

    Keeping yourself safe by always washing your hands after you've removed any PPE. Knowing how to properly dispose of needles and linen. All biohazard containers should be labeled and/or color coded.

  • 11 Aug 2022 9:13 PM | Martha Wilson

    For most of us, our home is our safe place. However, with everything that is going on with Covid-19, a lot of us are worried if we are cleaning our homes well enough to keep our family safe. Some are even worried about how to clean their home after someone has been ill.

    Thankfully, there is a website that will direct you to a list of home cleaning services that are certified to clean your home according to the CDC guidelines.  

    So instead of stressing yourself out about keeping your home clean while figuring out your new normal, use the IJCSA's website to find your Home Cleaning | Maid Service DirectoryRest assured that while you are taking care of your family, we are taking care of your home.

  • 11 Aug 2022 7:40 PM | Guadalupe Gomez

         Our everyday lives have been effected on a global scale with the COVID 19 PANDEMIC as we are forced to wearing masks and carrying hand sanitizer in order to protect ourselves and others from this worldwide PANDEMIC.  It is for this reason that it is important for us to implement MEDICAL CLEANING PRACTICES in the residential and commercial cleaning because it will highly improve our success in reducing or eliminating the spread of germs or viruses.  

         Implementing Medical Cleaning Practices into residential and commercial cleaning situations is a must because of the high level cleaning standards that are used in Medical Cleaning Facilities.  The benefits are huge by following these high level cleaning standards.  First there will be less employees missing work due to illness which in turn causes them to miss less sick days.  Second Individuals and families will be less infected by germs and viruses.  Third Mankind as a whole will be more protected as spread of germs and viruses are greatly reduced.

         Clearly we can see that Medical Cleaning Practices are a good Standard to use when planning cleaning services for residential and commercial cleaning situations.  Especially in this COVID-19 PANDEMIC, we need to be prepared with every customer engagement that there could have been a COVID-19 exposure.  It is critical that we understand that Medical Cleaning Practices will help us to enter a residential or commercial cleaning project with confidence and with a fighting chance. 

         In Medical Cleaning using Personal Protective Equipment is critical.  With this in mind it is important that we understand what were walking into cause this will determine the level of PPE that we will need.  In turn we need to communicate with the customer when we do a pre-job walk through to understand the current conditions and if there are any additional precautions we will need to take when we clean.   

        For a Certified Medical Cleaning Company in your area go to:             JanitorialServices

  • 11 Aug 2022 5:54 PM | Anonymous

    Cleaning employees & staff knowing about bloodborne pathogens

    One of the common life-risks involved with the routine work of Housekeepers and Cleaning employees are the existence of bloodborne pathogens. These can be found on surface or elements, with them workers are coming in contact routinely.

    According to OSHA definition, “Bloodborne Pathogens (BPs)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)”

    The BPs are kind of ‘Silent Killer’. Their illness symptoms can be developed sometimes years after the infection event. Hence, Workers must be aware for this fact and understand the need to repeat again and again safety instructions and guidance.  

    As much the health risk found in BPs is high, as much is the unawareness for them. This exactly due to the fact, cleaning and housekeeping is about getting into contact with trash left behind human action. "This is part of the Work" our brain tell us. We must get into the d . As in driving, which is risk-involved activity naturally, our brain directed us to ignore risks and disturbances that are not immediate. In such way, PBs sources of risk are usually ignored.

    Part of the solution of getting over the “Routine is the Enemy (RIE)” problem, is to refer for any element or surface, having the chance of carrying body liquids or blood as ‘BPs contaminated ‘. In such way, any surface or element coming in contact with human body liquids, will be treated according to the OSHA regulations as contaminated stuff. In this way, we will eliminate much of the 'RIE psychological effect' and always be at the safe-side regarding BPs risks. This will help us also, to fulfill our part in preventing infectious diseases and their spread in the cleaning-environment.

    Following the golden-rule says: “Being aware to problem is 50% of its solution”, we must be in contact awareness to the BPs risks. At the moment we are aware, just few had to be done to be at the Safe-Side. Widely speaking is to follow the OSHA set of precautions and standards directed “to reduce or eliminate the hazards of occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens” (OSHA BPs and Needlestick Prevention).

    It all starts by development of "PBs and Needlestick Prevention plan", and of course, its implementation in the workspace. The program has little to do if is any, with disturbance for work routine. Also, at the moment staff are aware to its importance it is widely and happily accepted and assimilated quickly in workplace. 

    As part of this program, special care is given for any “Needlesticks and other sharps-related injuries may expose workers to bloodborne pathogens”. Their appearance in Laundry or in other places like toilets and bathrooms in expected in high chance, especially while speaking on cleaning in healthcare facilities.

    Additionally, Protective Personal Equipment (PPE) must be supplied to workers according to their expected exposure to BPs Risks. Also, Disinfection and decontamination materials must be defined and available to workers, in accordance with their cleaning duties, and in consideration with their cleaning environment.

    Awareness is achieved by periodical training and managers’ comments to their staff. Aside of the BPs PRevention plan assimilated, evoking the workers awareness constantly to the BPs risks, is the most effective prevention tool and supervisors should always keep a place for this in their Daily or Weekly staff instructions.

  • 11 Aug 2022 4:11 PM | Anthony Epps

    The topic regarding knowledge on bloodborne pathogens is a big risk to employees working as cleaners. Cleaning employees are very likely to come in contact with bodily fluid, which can spread disease to others unknowingly. PPE is extremely important for staff to wear, being given by the owner of the cleaning company. Universal precaution should always be use at all times, thinking that you may have a chance of being exposed to bloodborne pathogens.   

    In the event that staff comes into contact with bloodborne pathogens, staff should be PPE prepared and utilizes the training that they received to address the possible issues with bloodborne pathogens.

    Training for Bloodborne pathogens for staff should be a great help for staff to prepare for the unknown situations that may happen during one's shift. Not having trained staff is against the law and put a lot of people at risk for bloodborne pathogens and not being knowledgeable about how to clean and deal with the problems accordingly.

  • 11 Aug 2022 2:52 PM | Erica Cain

    Do you know how important it is to properly dispose of potentially contaminated sharps and soiled items? Did you know that neglecting to disinfect an area exposed to human blood or bodily fluids could possibly expose you or someone else to bloodborne pathogens? Bloodborne pathogens are infectious microorganisms in human blood that can cause diseases in humans. HBV (Hepatitis B Virus), HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and HCV (Hepatitis C Virus) are examples of pathogenic microorganisms that can be contracted from blood, bodily fluids and (OPIM) Other Potentially Infectious Material and is extremely dangerous to humans. Symptoms for HIV, HCV and HBV microorganisms do not show up immediately after exposure. Cleaning staff, employers and healthcare workers are responsible for providing and maintaining safe environments for all staff including their selves. 

    As the spread of infectious diseases continue, so should cleaning practices. Cleaning staff, especially those in the healthcare field, are at risk for occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens. It is important that all cleaning staff and employers are familiar with the job, its risks and the proper protective practices. Staff should always consider body fluids, blood, needlesticks and (OPIM) as potentially infectious.  Practicing universal precautions when handling potentially contaminated materials or needles of any kind could also mean the difference between life and death if exposed to bloodborne pathogens. Bloodborne pathogens have multiple ways to travel into someone’s system once exposed. Bloodborne pathogens can enter through cuts, scraps, bits and by mixing with the mucus from inside of your nose or mouth. Color coded bags for contaminated items and labeled sharp containers for needlesticks are a couple examples of practicing universal precautions to protect you and others.  

    (OSHA) Occupational Safety and Health Administration has a bloodborne pathogen standard that requires employers who employ people to work under conditions that could expose them to potentially infectious and harmful microorganisms provide an exposure control plan, work and engineering practice control. It is the employer’s job to train staff and implement a plan for exposure control. Having an exposure control plan in place can reduce or eliminate occupational exposure and should also give you detailed instructions on what action/s to take if exposure does occur.  Employers and cleaning employees play an important role in the lives of others when it comes to disinfecting and preventing potentially infectious microorganisms from being spread. Employees have a right to safe and healthy work conditions. It is a federal law that employees must provide a hazard free work environment at all times. It is our job to protect our health and prevent the spread of infectious diseases by practicing the proper protective precautions. 

  • 11 Aug 2022 11:41 AM | Robert&Tammy Harris

      Did you know your carpets warranty has fine print? This fine print will usually tell you what you can and can't clean with, along with preferred methods and how often it needs to be cleaned by a carpet cleaning professional. The IJCSA Certified Carpet Cleaning Professionals clean to a higher standard. Those spots that are wicking back to the surface a few days later or the traffic lanes that just won't go away. The IJCSA Certified Carpet Pros know how to approach these stubborn carpet issues with the right methods and carpet cleaning solutions.

      CONGRATULATIONS!  Your search is over. Relax and use the IJCSA CARPET CLEANING DIRECTORY and let the stress fade away.

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