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  • 16 May 2019 4:10 PM | Henry Rafidia

    I plan to implement green cleaning services into my current business in order to provide customers with a more beneficial work/living environment.

    It is clear that eco-friendly solutions are now a better product for customers who appear to be more health conscious of the environment in which they work and/or reside. 

    Learning about the different chemicals involved in cleaning products will better allow me to be more knowledgeable in front of my client. It will also allow me to provide the client with better solutions to achieving their cleaning goals.

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  • 16 May 2019 7:18 AM | Deleted user

    Being Green Cleaning Certified is without a doubt life changing. It's satisfying to know i'm making a positive impact toward the health of others, myself, and the environment. After all, the amount of toxic chemicals in the world today is unsettling. 

    I knew being Green Cleaning Certified would benefit me after my first study session. Being aware of our surroundings is very important, although there does seem to be a lack of observation in society these days.  Of course i've known there are plenty of hazardous products used and consumed today, but once reading how many solvents and other petroleum based chemicals have been shown to cause brain or other nerve damage (with repeated exposure) and "In the average American home, around 63 synthetic chemical products can be found", both stated by the IJCSA Green Certification course, I evoked an urge to protect myself, others, and the planet as a whole. (I must admit the motivation boost was somewhat of a surprise, yet suitable.) The green path has enlightened me to make a difference.

    If i acknowledge others on unknown, or maybe even overlooked, risks maybe it will reverse caused harm to their health. If not the case or beside from reverse health risks, applying green practices may (at the least) improve morale and/or lost optimism within the degradation of the planet. More often than not, people want to change or make a difference in the world. Further, less use and/or production of damaging products to the ecosystem would help reduce global warming and overall serve the environment. Follow this Green Cleaning Services link to find others making a green difference today.

    The damages of repeated exposure to toxic products seem a high price against avoidable and eco-friendly alternatives. Being Green Cleaning Certified offers benefits in a domino-like manner, starting with the individual. As health risks reduce and self-esteem increases with the green lifestyle and or certification, others recognize and are more likely to repeat such behavior. Ultimately the environment benefits from the healthy habits of its inhabitants. I imagine these events could show vigorous changes in Ecology--the interdisciplinary scientific study of the interactions between organisms and the interactions of these organisms with their environment (Green cleaning certification course). It's pleasing to know my habits are healthy for not only me, but my surroundings too.

  • 15 May 2019 7:48 PM | Christina Freer

    Excellent customer service is an essential part of any successful janitorial service.  That is why RCF Commercial Cleaning and the members of the International Janitorial Cleaning Service Association take pride in thoroughly training its leadership staff and employees with the elements necessary for delivering a top-notch experience to our clients. 

    As active members of the IJCSA, we understand that customer service is an attitude not just a department and that service with a smile goes a long way.  We are not just here to clean but to create a happy and healthy workplace for our clients to come to each day.  We actively listen to their specific needs and quickly respond, resolve and follow up on any problems that may arise. 

    Our goal is to exceed client expectations and build lasting business relationships that earns us repeat and referral business.  We achieve this by demonstrating a commitment for ongoing training and education as well as implementing effective quality and follow up systems for delivering on service promises. Find professional cleaning companies here:    https://www.ijcsa.org/Find-A-Cleaning-Service-Janitorial-Service

  • 15 May 2019 2:21 PM | Gurinder Gill

    There are multiple facets to implementing a green cleaning program in a janitorial business. The three main factors consist of training employees in green cleaning principles, the primary use of green natural products, and regular utilization of green procedures. 

    Creating a green cleaning protocol is the initial step to implementing a program. This protocol should include standard training procedures including; safety protocols, inventory of green natural products and their corresponding uses and minimizing environmental impact through the minimized waste creation and appropriate disposal, reduced energy use, and appropriate use of specific green products. Through this training process, there is a consistent cleaning protocol followed by all employees. This consistency ensures the overall entity is implementing the reduce, reuse, and recycle procedures required for green cleaning. This also ensures the employee's safety because regardless of products being green inappropriate use or mixing of products can result in off-gassing or reactions that can be harmful to the employee and building occupants. Our overall goal is to improve environmental and human health by reducing unnecessary exposure to harmful products. 

    Green natural cleaning products are the only commercial products that can be guaranteed to meet the requirements of green cleaning needs. These products should replace the inventory of non-green products currently being utilized in janitorial operations. An alternative to store shelf green products is to use self-manufacturing products out of simple ingredients that are known to break down and reduce environmental and human exposure to waste by-products that may further react after use. 

    Lastly, the actual implementation of green procedures should include the use of all natural green cleaning products. However, this use should not be in excess, products should be used in only the minimal required quantities to reduce waste. Overall activities should reduce energy use such as turning off lights after completion of a job, utilizing manual methods as opposed to electronic equipment where necessary, and the appropriate disposal of waste and recycling. 

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  • 15 May 2019 5:38 AM | John Nelson

    The importance of choosing a green cleaning service over a traditional cleaning company can not be overstated. There are benefits to the health of customers, employees, and the environment when compared to the potentially harmful chemicals contained in legacy cleaners. 

    You might be surprised to find that green cleaning doesn't refer to just the chemicals used in your kitchen and bathroom. There are green options to consider in nearly every facet of cleaning. There are many great green cleaning services which work on commercial properties, such as First Up Cleaning Services, LLC, located in Uniondale, New York. There are even green air duct cleaners, like Lily's Cleaning Service, LLC in Fort Pierce, Florida.

    Many more green cleaners can be found through the IJCSA's Green Cleaning Services Directory. Searches can be filtered by geographical area and by what fields of green cleaning that the service specializes in. For every cleaning need you have, consider going green with a certified green cleaning service. 

  • 14 May 2019 6:45 PM | Deleted user

    Cleaning employees and staff may encounter situations involved with exposure to blood and/or bodily fluids. Removing trash like used syringes, bloody laundry contact, and cleaning vomit are all tasks connected to bloodborne pathogens. These pathogenic microorganisms are present in human blood and can cause diseases in humans. Hepatitis B (HBV-available at no cost for employees) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) are only a few examples of bloodborne pathogens. 

    While OSHA initially constructed the Bloodborne Standard in favor of hospital and healthcare staff, other occupations vulnerable to blood contact and/or toxic material have since adopted it as well. Common exposure to bloodborne pathogens happens when the mucus membranes (ex: mouth, nose, breaks in skin) of employees come in contact with bloodborne pathogens. Even body fluids like blood, saliva, and vomit may contain bloodborne pathogens.

    The dangers of bloodborne pathogens can be avoided with precautions. Established by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, the Universal Precaution suggests blood and some body fluids should all be considered possibly infectious for patients. With this in mind, it's critical to follow suggested safety measures and your company's personal plan upon handling material. It's important to check equipment (esp. gloves) for damages or risks before use.  All equipment should be in unharmed, good condition. Disposable latex (or vinyl) gloves and eye protection should be worn whenever there's work with infectious material. Sometimes face masks and gowns are used as protective measures.  Avoid compressing garbage bags so sharp objects don't penetrate through (as well as laundry). Also, never splash or splatter a spill while cleaning or disposing. Never reuse a sponge or towel previously contaminated with cleanup. Tongs can be used to pick up contaminated, or sharp, items. Use an absorbent cleaning product for body fluid/liquid cleanups. Soiled laundry should be handled with little turbulence, bagged at the location (without sorting), and transported in labeled or color coded bags/containers. Different ways of color coding and labeling may be accepted if followed under universal precaution. If not available, bags must be correctly labeled and colored red or orange. Effectively sterilize any reusable, toxic equipment. Finish with the proper disposal of equipment through colored bags and/or containers. Finally, immediately wash your hands with an antibacterial soap after removing gloves.  

    Exposure? First you'll want to contact your supervisor right away. They will have specific instructions for the procedure. For the record, OSHA requires records from the employer of the exposure incident, for at least 3 years. Your physician should be notified as well. It important to watch your health and take note of any symptoms or changes. 

    Precautions against bloodborne pathogens in the workplace should be used to avoid illness and even death. Protective equipment can assist with safety. The goal is not only to guard thyself but equally or more importantly shield the safety, health, and lives of others. Reviewing annual updated exposure plans can further protection. Reducing the risk of bloodborne pathogen contact provides a safer environment for everyone. 

  • 14 May 2019 6:58 AM | Patricia Gallagher

           Workers in many occupations including the cleaning industry may be exposed to infectious microorganisms known as Bloodborne Pathogens. These Bloodborne include but are not limited to Hepatitis B (HBV),Hepatitis C (HCV) and Immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

    Due to the possibility of exposure ,it is of the upmost importance to educate your staff about Bloodborne pathogens.

    It is Vital to understand the hazards associated with expose, but it is equally important to follow the work site expose plan put in  place by your employer. This plan will include details on Personal Protective Equipment, work practices,and engineering controls to minimize employee exposure.             Employers are responsible for providing a safe and healthful workplace.

    This can only happen with education, continuous training and the staffs willingness to follow universal precautions and properly use the Personal protective equipment provided.

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  • 13 May 2019 7:48 PM | 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

  • 13 May 2019 6:12 PM | Sasha Kuber

    The harmful effects of using cleaning chemicals compared to using natural green products are proven to be more riskier because of the harsh chemicals and negative affects it can have as opposed to green products that ensure safety. There are pros and cons to everything but overall the likelihood of something going "wrong" will be with chemical driven products than those that do not have it in their products. 

    "There are about 80,000 well documented chemicals commonly used, but there are many, many more in use whose environmental effects have not been studied or tested. These can range from human health to our environment. According to CBS News, unlike the numerous and heavy regulations imposed on food inspection, there is no such governmental regulation on chemical products. In addition, companies are only required to report primary, dangerous first-hand, hazardous chemicals, causing institutions to ignore chemicals with potential long-term effects or even avoid fully reporting all chemical ingredients present in a product (Smith, 2016)."

    A lot of misinformation has to deal with people not being fully aware with what ingredients are being used and what the harmful effects it can cause. If someone is uninformed and just use the first thing they see instead of doing some research and gaining more knowledge into products it can lead to a potential serious situation that could most likely have been avoided. Like mentioned in the material amyl acetate with is used in furniture polish that can attack the nervous system or Butyl cellosolve that is found in all-purpose cleaners and can irritate mucous membranes that attacks the liver and kidney these are just a couple of harmful products that can have serious impact on someone's health. 

    It is important to be aware and informed with every product and equipment being used as to stress the importance of one's health, others around and the environment. 24/7 Commercial Cleaning can be found in the  IJCSA Green Cleaning Directory to ensure the use of natural and safe non-toxic products will be used in services provided. 

    "If you go green, "No longer will there be chemicals absorbed into the skin or breathed in by the person cleaning. Health benefits extend to family members who are no longer breathing in cleaners lingering in the air and sitting on surfaces. Changing to greener methods helps reduce pollution to our waterways and the air and it minimizes your impact on onzone depletion and global climate change with fewer smog-producing chemicals(Weber, 2017)." It provides a healthier and safe environment than that of products with chemicals that most people are unaware of the hazardous side effects it can cause. 

    Like mentioned in the material there are thousands of harmful ingredients in chemical cleaning products and after reading and studying the material provided I will make sure that our services will provide products that are not harmful and dangerous especially now days where there are a lot of great natural and green cleaning products that work just as great if not better without the harmful side effects and pollution. 

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    Reference

    2016. Smith, D. Is Greener Cleaner? Retrieved from www.ijcsa.org 

    2017. Weber,C. Benefits of Green Cleaning. Retrieved from www.care.com 

  • 13 May 2019 6:31 AM | Lavette Ray

    Ever walked into a building after someone has thoroughly cleaned it ? Smelled that fresh bleach smell. As you look around and see how organized everything is and still that bleach and household cleaning smell. 

    How about ever made the mistake of mixing Bleach with another chemical. Then get this burning in your chest, find it hard to breath? This can come from the harmful chemicals you have mixed together and in most cases the same effects can happen if the chemicals are used separately.

    Which is why most companies provide a go Green or eco Friendly cleaning service. Keeps the air fresh, more productive. Going green is alot healthier than using your everyday products.

    If you are looking for a Green Cleaning Service feel free to check out the IJCSA directory for a green cleaning company near you Green Cleaning Service . Green cleaning is better because at least you don't  have to wear face mask to try and protect your eyes, lungs and waterways .

    So why not go green and receive the same cleaning result as using those household products. Ill be making sure my company is Green Cleaning 

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