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  • 14 Jan 2021 2:43 PM | Ana Malone

         According to the CDC “One out of twenty people admitted to the hospital each year will contract a hospital associated infection” or HAI for short. A portion of these HAI’s resulted in the death of the patient. That is why properly cleaning a healthcare facility is so vital that it can mean the difference between life or death for a patient. People come to hospitals to seek care and to become well and not to become sicker.

      Healthcare associated infections are common, and you might even know someone who has experiences this. Some frequent HAI’s are pneumonia, surgical site infections, clostridium colitis, urinary tract infections, and central-catheter blood stream infections. These infections cause patients longer hospital visits which costs them more financial burden.

    Where do the pathogens come from? High touch surfaces such as call lights, over the bed tables, I.V. poles, and tables are places that harbor microorganisms that have the potential to cause diseases. Hiring a highly cleaning company from the IJCSA’s directory can ensure that your healthcare setting is disinfected properly.  Janitorial Service Directory. The goal is to reduce hospital associated infections by using proper and through cleaning techniques.


  • 14 Jan 2021 2:14 PM | Cody Kayser

    Cleaning green has always been an option available to us as a population and it has been harnessed by people for thousands of years. These tried and true products and methods occur  naturally in nature, are safer for humans and animals alike and do our planet good.

    Products like vinegar, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, olive oil, citrus, borax and others have been used in cleaning for a very long time and can create just as effective a solution to cleaning and disinfection as a chemical cleaner can. These naturally occurring ingredients do not cause the harm that chemically engineered cleaning products do.

    Human health should be one high consideration when choosing to clean green. Chemical laden products can cause acute and chronic health problems to humans. Chemical burns to skin, organ damage, respiratory distress and hormonal imbalances can all occur due to cleaning with chemicals or having those chemical residues left behind. Chronic health problems can happen including long-term damage to organs, COPD and even cancer, hastening the mortality of the person involved in using those products.

    Humans are not the only creatures effected by the use of these chemically engineered cleaning products. All animals can be effected by these chemicals making their way into the water and food supplies, house pets may be effected by cleaning with those products while they are present etc. Our planet has a fragile ecosystem and we should take that into consideration as well, when choosing products to clean with. Cleaning with green cleaning products, which occur in nature, do not contribute to the decline of populations of plants and animals; these cleaning compounds are not leading to the destruction of our environment.

    Green cleaning is an important consideration to make when choosing a cleaning company for your location. If a company cleaning green is important to you,  then it is easy to find a company qualified to handle your space using only naturally occurring ingredients that are found in nature. Search the IJCSA green cleaning directory to find a service provider near you, at: https://www.ijcsa.org/Green-Cleaning-Services

  • 14 Jan 2021 1:02 PM | Guadalupe Gomez

        The primary benefit of Bloodborne Pathogens Training is for the health and safety of your employees.  Any custodial staff that handles sharp bins, biohazard waste, or potentially contaminated objects should know how to protect themselves against - what to do in case of exposure.  Furthermore It is for this reason any employee at risk to exposure to blood and other infectious substances be required to be Bloodborne Pathogen Certified. This Bloodborne Pathogens Certification training ensures your cleaning employees are Qualified to work in this specialized environment.  

         There is four main methods of contacting Bloodborne Pathogens.

    1.  Direct Contact- when infected fluids from one individual enters another individuals body.

    2.  Indirect Contact- happens when infected fluids from a person contaminates a surface or items that another individual will have to interact with.  

    3.  Respiratory Droplet Transmission- when an individual inhales contaminated body fluids from an infected person, for example through infected individuals breath, cough, or by sneezing around you. - Covid

    4.  Vector-Borne Transmission-  when an individuals skin is perforated by an infected source, such as getting a bite from a mosquito carrying malaria.

         It is for these reasons your employees will benefit from the training of Bloodborne Pathogens and they will be able to learn how to minimize the risk of infection against all these transmission methods.

     

  • 14 Jan 2021 11:47 AM | Jaqua Lawson

    Janitors are vital to everyday life for many reasons. Obviously, they keep things clean and presentable. A clean impression is a good impression for visitors, staff, or anyone who has to be in the environment. It boosts morale and makes people feel good.

    Also important is knowledge of germs and preventing sickness. Janitors should know how to prevent cross contamination by not using the same materials that touched a toilet on things like doorknobs.

    Lastly janitors’ stock up on supplies before the items are missed. No one wants to use the bathroom only to discover that there’s no toilet paper or the soap has run out. Janitors anticipate these needs so you can enjoy these conveniences without even thinking about it.


  • 14 Jan 2021 10:23 AM | Jaide Carswell

    Bloodborne pathogens are a life or death matter. A simple accidental prick on the finger could mean a lifetime of hospital visits . That being said, it is very important for cleaning employees and staff to know and understand how to spot and disinfect these pathogens . The cleaning industry has multiple avenues , and it is imperative that we operate and clean effectively.

    Bloodborne pathogens are present everywhere. When cleaning and sanitizing areas of high exposure, one must be vigilant and aware of such fluids. For example, if a cleaning employee is tasked with sanitizing and disinfecting an area where blood, saliva or other bodily fluids are present; they should be well versed on how to clean up the area while keeping themselves protected as well. Understanding what type of cleaning agent to use in various situations will insure that both the employee and public are safe. 

    Having a thorough knowledge of bloodborne pathogens and how to properly clean exposed areas, remains pivotal when cleaning . 

  • 14 Jan 2021 9:44 AM | Victor Collins

    Bloodborne pathogens have been apart of human society since the beginning of time, however I believe now more than ever, knowledge and protocol should be emphasized.  With the world becoming exposed to Covid-19, the handling of these life threatening viruses and diseases could be the difference between another pandemic.

    Being aware about the dangers of bloodborne pathogens could solve a huge portion of contamination's and accidents.  Many people are simply unaware of the risks and therefore do not understand the dangers.  By informing employees who are high risk, accidents can be avoided and could be the difference between life and death.

    Cleaning employees are the unsung heroes! It is important for cleaning employees to understand the risk when dealing with bloodborne pathogens as we are the first line of defense in containing and dealing with potentially life threatening pathogens.  Being well versed in proper clean up and disposal could be the difference between accidentally exposing a family member by improperly disposing of gloves or contaminated work clothes.  

  • 14 Jan 2021 9:07 AM | Kerrice Riley

    Greater Importance of cleaning employees and staff knowing about bloodborne pathogens are for safety and handling measures. Employees should how prevent an accident and if they are exposed what are the safety measures they should be taken.

    BloodBorne pathogens can be located on used needle, dirty sheets or vomiting. Being exposed to them may cause severe health risk. In a Hospital or Medical facility, you will be handling certain with disposal contaminated with blood pathogen. Knowledge of handling these disposal lessen the risk of any unsafe measures.

    With the COVID pandemic, This a primary example of knowing the preventative measure. Safety is not just prevention, it also knowing in case you are exposed and knowing the correct safety procedure to handle this incident to reduce cross contamination, along with proper reporting. 

  • 14 Jan 2021 8:18 AM | Rick Stevens

    During the current Pandemic with COVID-19 in 2020, we as a industry have recognized the importance of a clean work place and preventing the spread of germs and bloodborne pathogens. It is our mission to be the leader in our industry, changing the ways we clean and protect your customers and employees from such risks that could be infectious or be transferred by contact. During a time when infectious diseases and need for a clean environment are at an all time importance, we are your first stop in getting the best service, customer orientated cleaning and janitorial demands takne care of in a fast, efficient and effective manner.

    We as a company, want to  not only be the standard in a clean workplace environment, but also through innovation, friendly customer service and a quick response 24/7 be your first source to call on. We have friendly, customer orientated staff that are ready to give you the best in service. We are driven to decrease the chances of illness or injury for our customers and their business. We are experts in our industry and only expect to give the best cleaning experience to your company.  Customer service is our highest priority and we make sure to have a quick response no matter the time time of day, because you are our priority. Please click on the link to find a service near you here. 






  • 14 Jan 2021 8:09 AM | Mollie Buford

     

    WORKING LONG HOURS OR HAVE FAMILY COMING IN FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND YOU ARE BEHIND ON YOUR CLEANING AND TO DO LIST, DON'T STRESS OUT. SCROLL THROUGH IJCSA'S Home Cleaning | Maid Service Directory . 

    THIS LINK COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE WHILE YOU COMPLETE YOUR BUSY SCHEDULE. THEY HAVE THE MOST QUALIFIED CLEANING COMPANIES THAT ARE CERTIFIED AND GUARANTEED THROUGH IJCSA PROGRAM.

    WE AIM TO PLEASE OUR CLIENTS WITH THE BEST SUPPLIES IN THE BUSINESS, DEDICATED TO THE GRIND OF CLEANING YOUR HOME, OFFICE, KITCHEN OR WHATEVER CLEANING NEEDS YOU MAY HAVE. WHEN YOU THINK PROFESSIONAL THINK OF THE IJCSA TEAM.

  • 14 Jan 2021 7:17 AM | James Thomas

    WOW! Understanding the needs of the client can be as simple as looking at the lifestyle they live. Successful Mortgage Broker, Working mom with kids, Doctors on call, Realtor in constant meetings at work, Frantic family work schedules and a stressed out business owners. All is customer service

    It cost money for labor but it cost nothing to show some kindness in the process. Airing a House out for a 2 hour period may make the working mom happy and the fresh air smells good. Business owner may like a kind note of inspiration placed on the fridge. (keep it neutral) The successful Broker may like to know that his trash is empty and it did not smell like the fish that was ate last night. The frantic family may like that extra straightening up even, not asked but done, will go a long way. Doctors need pampered. Nothing lavish but a simple flower made out of tissue paper or a clean fridge. Each client is different. 

    Take a look at the lifestyles of the clients and see with in reason what or how you can in some small way make their day or week a more special - wow factor.

    Keep it simple, keep it smart and keep it going in many different ways.

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