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  • 28 Jul 2021 1:02 PM | Cody Kayser

    Knowledge and understanding of bloodborne pathogens, the potential risks involved when coming into contact with contaminated materials and utilizing universal precautions when placed into situations where you will be handling contaminated materials are all vitally important.

    By following universal precautions, you are not only preventing yourself from contracting an infectious disease, you are also minimizing or eliminating the risk for your clients and their clients from contracting an infectious disease. Cleaning service staff removing a hazard safely keep all parties safe.

    Following universal precautions to prevent bloodborne pathogen exposure includes, but is not limited to: using the proper PPE for the situation, knowing what sanitization methods to use, knowing how to contain soiled items, always washing your hands and having reporting requirements and protocol in place in case of possible exposure.

  • 28 Jul 2021 12:11 PM | Betty Vice

    Carpets and rugs can harbor not only dirt, but also bacteria, mold, dust mites, allergens, odors, and contaminants from the outdoors.  IJCSA certified carpet cleaners can assist in removing these particles, protecting the carpets, and extending the life of your carpets and rugs. IJCSA members can be found nationwide - visit to find an IJCSA member in your area.

  • 28 Jul 2021 10:49 AM | Vincent Supernor

    Germs and viruses are common in every workplace. Every time you touch your desk, phone, door knob, keys etc. you are coming in contact with germs. there are different ways that germs can be spread. Direct contact infections spread when disease-causing microorganisms pass from the infected person to the healthy person via direct physical contact with blood or body fluids. Indirect contact transmission occurs when there is no direct human-to-human contact. Contact occurs from a reservoir to contaminated surfaces or objects, or to vectors such as mosquitoes,flies, mites, fleas, ticks, rodents or dogs. Wiping down high touch surfaces will help prevent the spread of germs and viruses. Practicing good hygiene will help prevent the spread. Practices that are generally considered proper hygiene include showering or bathing regularly, washing hands regularly (for 20 seconds or more)and especially before handling food, washing scalp hair, keeping hair short or removing hair, wearing clean clothing, brushing teeth, cutting finger nails, besides other practices. Germs and viruses are in every workplace. Bacteria counts are lowest at the beginning of the workday (because offices are often cleaned overnight), but it doesn't take long for germs to show up for work, too. As the day ramps up and more people touch more surfaces, the risk of coming in contact with bacteria goes up. there is no way to completely avoid germs and or viruses. you just have to do your best to prevent getting and spreading them.

    Learn More About Bloodborne Pathogens Here

  • 28 Jul 2021 9:52 AM | Daniel Koren

    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.

  • 28 Jul 2021 8:26 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. 

  • 28 Jul 2021 7:23 AM | GREGORY DUNSON

    Importance of cleaning employees & staff knowing about bloodborne pathogens.

    It is very important for employees and staff to know about bloodborne pathogens because it can help them avoid and/or properly handle in potential accidents that may infect them. In some careers the employees are at high risk of contracting bloodborne pathogens

    It is important for cleaning employees to learn the difference in the bloodborne pathogens and how to reduce the risk or eliminate the hazards of occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens. 

    Without the knowledge of bloodborne pathogens, employees put themselves and others at risk. Like anything in life you want to have proper knowledge of whatever you are involved in. Knowing how to handle encountering this will help you react an properly handle exposure and avoid contacting bloodborne pathogens.

  • 28 Jul 2021 6:19 AM | Jaqua Lawson

    Knowledge of bloodborne pathogens is crucial for those working in the healthcare field. Proper education will help you from getting sick. For example, you should always treat any bodily fluids as contaminated. This means that wearing protective gear is a must.

    It is also important to know how to clean up after potentially infectious substances in the correct way. While wearing PPE, you should disinfect with proper chemicals and dispose of items in proper containers. Mishandling of hazardous materials is a great way to get sick and/or fired.

    Knowing what to do if you get exposed is just as vital as prevention. Thoroughly clean the exposed area and contact your supervisor right away! Follow the guidelines given to you. Finally, learn from this accident to ensure it does not happen again.

  • 27 Jul 2021 10:27 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.

  • 27 Jul 2021 9:09 PM | Precious Austin

    As a cleaner, following the correct procedures and protocols is very essential in regard to Bloodborne Pathogens because you are coming into direct contact with human blood, vomit and saliva.  We must be aware of diseases such as HIV, HBV etc. If we are not careful, we could expose ourselves through these pathogens through cuts and scrapes and other bodily fluids. It is also important that employers educate their employees and staff the importance in staying safe because you might not be aware who is exposed to bloodborne pathogen. It is hard to determine just by looking at someone or because they don’t look and feel sick. All employees and staff should always prepare for these things in advance by having some type of training in place. By having the proper training, you will know how to handle different types of situations that may happen that could save not only someone else’s life but yours as well.

    When dealing with Bloodborne Pathogen, we must always wear protective gear no matter if you work in a healthcare facility, commercial and residential cleaning businesses and while working at any contaminated areas. We must use universal precautions by wearing rubber gloves, safety goggles, etc that help prevent the spread of Hepatitis B, HIV and HBV. Any containers with needled should be placed in a colored coded red or orange labeled trash bags.  When possible, always handle laundry cautiously. Always decontaminate surfaces and use Betco disinfectants when cleaning blood or other fluids.

    Even with COVID-19 it is also important to take our health and the health in others seriously especially during the pandemic. If you are in the cleaning industry, we must do our due diligence in staying safe by washing our hands after each clean rather we are in our homes or cleaning other homes. This should be a daily practice. We should also follow OSHA guidelines. By not following the guidelines we could face serious fines.  To conclude, if taking these precautions seriously you will have peace of mind knowing that you, your staff and others you come in contact with are safe.  

  • 27 Jul 2021 6:48 PM | Martha Wilson

    Janitors and janitorial staff play a very important role in our everyday life especially in the workplace. They create a healthy working environment by preventing the spread of pathogens that cause sickness and disease it improves the quality of air. Cleanliness is very important in the workplace.

    Janitors and janitorial staff go through extensive training that helps them keep businesses clean and sanitized. They keep businesses looking clean and presentable at all times. Especially when they use appropriate cleaning methods that reduce the number of allergens found in the air.

    Janitorial workers are very essential, they are trained to use proper cleaning techniques. A clean and sanitizes keeps clients and employees happy know that the janitorial staff is taking pride into keeping them safe. Janitors and janitorial stay play a major role in keeping the workplace going strong. By creating a clean working environment for all.

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