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  • 13 Jan 2021 11:24 PM | DANIEL PARK

     Medical Cleaning practices can be implemented into other residential & commercial cleaning situations by having the same mind set that everything you come into contact with is infected. This will aid the cleaning specialist in always be pre-cautious and employ proper cleaning protocols.

    Studies show that 1.2 million infections occur outside of the Hospital/Medical environment therefore employing the same caution and technics/protocols is helpful in decreasing the number of infections-germs and viruses that spread. We can see this more now than ever with the spread of the Coronavirus. Cleaning companies who are trained and certified are helping to stop the spread of this Pandemic.

    By employing proper cleaning protocols in residential & commercial cleaning situations we can further decrease the spread of germs and viruses that not only present in hospitals. 

    It is essential that your cleaning personnel understands and has been trained properly. To find a certified cleaning company please visit IJCSA's Janitorial Service Directory. Together we can attain a healthier work and living environment.

  • 13 Jan 2021 10:19 PM | Cameron Smith

    Bloodborne pathogens are microorganisms that are in human blood and has the potential to cause various disease if exposed. These diseases may include HIV/AIDS, hepatitis b, hepatitis c, malaria, Covid, and syphilis. The CDC reported that approximately 5.6 million healthcare and janitorial service workers are at risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens. Therefore, we must maintain gaining knowledge of bloodborne pathogens.

    It's important to have knowledge of bloodborne pathogens because when knowledge is applied correctly it reduces the potential of a threat. Continually educating yourself on OSHA guidelines keeps the employer and their employees safe, also eliminates exposure in the workplace. With the training and guidelines of OSHA, it teaches us that we should treat all bodily fluids as if they are contaminated since there is no way to differentiate between infected fluids and non-infected fluids.

    In conclusion, educating ourselves about bloodborne pathogens should remain our priority. Annually educating ourselves and employees on the proper clean up of bodily fluids will continue to ensure workplace safety. Taking the initiative to meet OSHA guidelines will help you and others around you by limiting exposure.

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  • 13 Jan 2021 8:55 PM | Paul Willis

    There is a good reason to have your carpets, and or upholstery cleaned by a carpet cleaning technician certified by the IJCSA. The IJCSA offers it's members the opportunity to become certified in carpet cleaning, and upholstery cleaning with a comprehensive course of study. 

    This carpet cleaning certification course covers extensive knowledge, and practical application of proven techniques for various carpet cleaning procedures. These procedures include identification of different types of carpet, different cleaning methods, and proven applications for many different types of stain removal.

    This course also offers insight on various conditions that can occur throughout the carpet cleaning process.This insight explains in detail how to correct any undesired results, as well as tips on how to avoid them.

    Finally, this course educates the technician on how to convey to the customer that regular maintenance for their carpet is not a selling point, but a necessity in protecting their investment. This information includes instructing client on importance of regular vacuuming, prompt treatment of spills, stain treatment, as well as regular intervals of carpet cleaning by trained professionals. 

  • 13 Jan 2021 7:36 PM | Lori Dobbertin

    It is important for cleaning employees and staff be educated about bloodborne pathogens to keep themselves and others safe from possible infection.

    Using the Universal Precautions approach is the best way to prevent infection from blood borne pathogens. Assume all blood and some other bodily fluids from all patients to be infectious. Be sure to use color coding or labeling on bags and containers when transporting contaminated materials. When cleaning blood or bodily fluids, take care to avoid splashing. After cleaning blood or bodily fluids, be sure to disinfect all equipment used. Wear the proper PPE, dispose of it correctly, and thoroughly wash your hands when you are finished.  

    If you think you have been exposed to any bloodborne pathogen you should clean the area with water, soap, and skin disinfectant if available. You should also notify your supervisor and physician immediately and refer to your companies exposure plan. OSHA requires all job sites that have a reasonable exposure to bloodborne pathogens have an exposure plan readily available and updated.

    Two of the common bloodborne pathogens are Hepatitis B and HIV. If you have been infected with one of these pathogens, you may not start showing symptoms for years to come. Be aware of the signs and symptoms related to these infectious diseases. 

  • 13 Jan 2021 6:48 PM | Ricardo Ferreira

    The Coronavirus Epidemic in 2020 have demonstrated the importance of have the high level of cleaning in homes and business to minimized the risk of infections by virus and bacteria. 

    • In healthcare the high level of cleaning standards that are used because of the high frequency of infect patients that used this facilities and the  bloodborne pathogens  that are often present can be used in regular home and offices to improve the infection control prevention. 

      The benefits of this higher standard of cleaning at home and regular business are:

    • ·      less employers would be sick and would miss less days of work
    • ·      families and individuals would be less infected by the diseases
    • ·      the society will be more protect in general as spreads of diseases will be great reduce.     

    This higher standard of cleaning is more complex. The used of the correct PPE (Personal Protection Equipment), Cleaning product with the higher grated and the correct application of this products are just some examples of more extend knowledge that is require of the cleaning professional. This professional should have received proper  medical cleaning training and a certified professional is recommend. 

    To find certified cleaning companies that can help you in this higher standard level of cleaning, disinfection and sanitation check the following links of IJCSA Janitorial Service Directory

    Find Professional Certified Medical Cleaning Firms In Your Area Here

  • 13 Jan 2021 5:52 PM | Claudio Castaneda

    SAFETY FIRST should be the operational theme of any company charged with the janitorial duties for any given facility. Safety of the janitorial employees, the facility employees, and any clients, visitors, vendors, etc., who may enter the facility.

    The understanding and handling of all solutions and chemicals used in the performance of a janitors' duties is an utmost prerequisite in workplace safety. Employees must become familiar with Safety Data Sheets, the information found thereon, and cautionary statements attributed to each product. Making SDS information readily available and providing training can ensure that employees comply with these regulations. 

    The handling of the possibly dangerous chemicals and substances found in the workplace is crucial and must be taken seriously by facility management, janitorial company management, and janitorial employees.    

  • 13 Jan 2021 5:03 PM | Frederick Ollennu

    The daily activity of most cleaning companies is tasked with keeping a space clean and infection free, in this regard it is important for anyone who undertakes this task to be conversant with the importance of  maintaining safety especially when it involves Bloodborne Pathogens or body fluids.

    it  is particularly essential to have properly trained and certified IJCSA Bloodborne Pathogen Certification staff when they have an higher exposure to  blood and or body fluids in places such as medical facilities, Dental offices and others. An employer needs to have trained staff  who can handle  potentially  infectious blood or body fluid pathogens and the correct protocol after an exposure. This will also go a long way to convince your clients that you know what you are about and can be trusted.

    Since exposure to bloodborne pathogens are very fatal in most instances, it is imperative for an employer and its staff to be properly trained and equipped themselves with the knowledge of its management, treatment and disposal of contaminated materials.

  • 13 Jan 2021 2:19 PM | Paul Willis

    If you are in the cleaning business in any capacity, there is a very good chance that you may be exposed to to blood borne pathogens. Exposures to these pathogens are not limited to just healthcare settings.

    It is strongly encouraged that anyone handling any type of waste, cleaning restrooms, or even mopping floors in any type of facility be knowledgable in the prevention of cross-contamination of blood borne pathogens. These pathogens can be found in saliva, vomit, feces, as well as blood. 

    It is a common occurrence for employees, and visitors to go to the restroom to vomit, tend to a laceration, or more commonly use the toilet. If you are not knowledgeable in the proper use of tools, protective equipment, and procedure need for proper cleaning of your restroom, you could expose yourself, and others to a blood borne illness. 

    You should learn, about the proper sanitizing, and disinfection process, of all equipment used in cleaning up all potential hazards. This should also include the proper disposal of all protective equipment and material used for cleanup. (ie towels, rags, or sponges) Proper disposal includes placing affected materials in properly color coded, and clearly labeled receptacles.

  • 13 Jan 2021 1:07 PM | Avi Genuth

    The importance of cleaning staff and decon teams being properly trained in handling potentially infected body fluids is hugely important. The possibility of highly infectious pathogens being communicated to cleaning staff that are not practicing safe cleaning practices and/ or not wearing the proper PPE is very real. An educated staff on BBP procedures is the best way to avoid any exposure.

    While there will always be the need to prevent against the contraction of illnesses like HIV, Hepatitis and many others, with the current COVID-19 pandemic the dangers are heightened even further. As increased demand for decontamination and medical cleaning is rapidly approaching it crucial that all cleaning staff have the proper training in how to properly protect themselves. 

    Another element of proper BBP training is not just for the safety and health of the employee who is doing the cleaning itself, but also for the public at large. Properly decontaminating infected or potentially infected surfaces in both public and private settings will be a a major part of lessening the danger of the outbreak. Improperly trained and equipped cleaning staff are also potentially carriers of COVID-19 or other communicable diseases and may spread illness.  

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