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  • 27 Jul 2021 4:16 PM | Martha Wilson

    In this day and age, maintaining a proper cleaning regiment in our health care facilities is crucial to stop the spread of infectious dieses. On a regular day, we potentially come in contact with numerous viruses and bacteria's that could really harm us. We never know when it happens and how it happens. As humans, we carry many different bacteria's, viruses, parasites and microorganisms, some are harmful and some are not. When the harmful ones makes us sick, we head straight to a health care facility to help us feel better.

    Since we all depend on the health care system to make us feel better, it is imperative that we equip them with all the knowledge and equipment to stop the spread of the infection, protect themselves from becoming sick and most importantly how to stop the infection. Without the know how or the equipment, not only do the medical staff risk exposing themselves but everyone else as well. With that said, everyone should know how to properly clean the healthcare facilities. 

    If we do not properly clean the healthcare facilities we risk the spread of any blood pathogens from patient to everyone else. Because we cannot see the bacteria's, viruses and microorganisms with the human eye, we have to make sure we are constantly disinfecting everything in between patients. We cannot take the chance that just because a patient does not seem sick that they are not sick. A simple sneeze can carry thousands of germs that may not have made you sick, but may make the little girl behind you sick. 

    We depend on our health care facilities to not only make us feel better, but to save our lives and the lives of our loved ones. In order for them to do that, we need to make sure they are equipped with all the PPE's and chemicals to keep their facilities clean and us safe. Below is a link to a janitorial directory to help you find the perfect company to help keep your facilities clean. 

    International Janitorial Cleaning Services Association - Janitorial Services Directory (ijcsa.org)





  • 27 Jul 2021 3:34 PM | Rachelle Booher

    Here at RAVA Commercial Cleaning we take the health and safety of our clients and staff very seriously. That is why we have made a commitment to "clean green". Recent advancements in chemical technology have made it possible to develop cleaning products that are as effective as traditional products but do not contain harsh ingredients. A proper green cleaning program should consist of procedures that maximize cleaning results while protecting cleaning workers and facility occupants. 

    In addition to using nontoxic products, proper training of cleaning staff is also critical to a successful program. At RAVA Commercial Cleaning, our staff undergoes routing training and instruction on the latest trends and advancements as well as proper usage.

    Eliminating waste is always a priority.  We have implemented ways to reduce waste by monitoring correct product usage, converting to microfiber in lieu of paper products and recycling all materials that are a biproduct of our company.  

    Protect your staff, your facility and your environment. Click the           

    Green Cleaning Service Directory to find a company near you.

  • 27 Jul 2021 12:35 PM | Shian Jno-Lewis

    Customer satisfaction is key to the sustainability, survival and growth of any company. 

    It is imperative that we listen to you the customer. By listening closely we'll be able to determine what it is you want us to do to resolve any problem. We prefer to take a team approach to any complaints. 

    A complaint comes in many forms and from many different sources; be it a trash can that wasn't emptied to soap dispensers that weren't filled to poor behavior by employees. Therefore, our first plan of attack is to ensure we understand the precise nature of the complaint. If need be, we will visit the job site to see why you are unhappy and take care of the problem immediately.

    If we happen to solve the problem before figuring out the root cause of the problem, we will go back and figure out the cause. Once we know the cause we will decide on a preventative course of action so the problem does not happen again.

    IJCSA members all strive to provide superior customer service and they can be found in this directory IJCSA Business Directory


  • 27 Jul 2021 9:55 AM | Jamila Hodges

    IJCSA Members are trained professional that work hard to provide great customer service. We put customers and clients first, and great customer service is a priority with all our members. Listening to customers needs and desires help us develop solutions that contribute to our stock of loyal customers.

    Great Customer Service is the difference between a successful business and one that is not. Going above and beyond can help to increase loyalty and revenue. Having a great attitude and presenting service with a smile while conducting cleaning services is a must in our industry. It will be our great attitudes that set us apart from all other associations. 


  • 27 Jul 2021 9:08 AM | 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: http://ijcsa.org/Janitorial-Service-Directory-Find-A-Janitorial-Service-             JanitorialServices

  • 27 Jul 2021 5:52 AM | Wilder Rizo

    Working in the cleaning industry we will encounter many different things, some employees and staff are aware of the dangers involving different types of pathogens but in all reality when it comes to situations involving blood most people don’t know what proper procedures to follow.

    This is why learning and understanding how to face situations that involve bloodborne pathogens is so important. Understanding the risk you are taking ensures you take even more precautious, following the Universal Precautions is a must to ensure safety and peace of mind when confronting these scenarios.

    Teaching this to your staff and employees about bloodborne pathogens is a definite must it gives peace of mind to not just them but to the employer as well. 

  • 27 Jul 2021 3:30 AM | Justin Taylor

    Bloodborne pathogens can be encountered by a janitorial agency on a regular basis depending on the cleaning site. We must be aware and knowledgeable on the Universal Precautions when it comes to bloodborne pathogens. These precautions can be the difference between life and death, which we hope to avoid the death. Taking the proper steps when approaching potentially infectious environments should be known and taken advantage of.


    Cleaning employees should be educated on these Universal Precautions free of charge when employed by the cleaning company. Teaching your employees how to protect themselves in and infectious environment should be your main priority. No employee should be at risk due to lack of education when it is readily available. Sometimes approaching these bodily fluids can be troubling, however it is fairly easy.


    All employees of the cleaning company should wear proper PPE at all times. We must use the proper BETCO disinfectants when cleaning the infected area and reusable equipment like mop buckets. Employees should report all potential incidents where bloodborne pathogens could have infected them. It is our responsibility to know and follow the Universal Precautions. Not only for our safety, but for the safety and well being of others.

  • 26 Jul 2021 11:06 PM | Robert Valentine

    The importance of cleaning staff knowing about B.B.Ps.


    It is very important for everyone to know about bloodborne pathogens and the fact that contracting them could lead to serious illness and maybe even death. it is not only the worker or the janitor who should have this knowledge but everyone else too. like the wife of the janitor. so that she has the knowledge to catch a potential contraction of a blood borne pathogen. nobody cares more about the service worker then his or hers family. 

    It is even more important for the cleaning staff or janitor to know that he or she should about BBPs. they are not only responsible for themselves but to all the people they come into contact with. Especially if they have the responsibility and duties of cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing the restrooms at work. They have the responsibility to make sure that the restroom is a safe place for the consumer to use.

    when dealing with blood, vomit, or trash there is the possibility to catch a BBP. it can been on a piece of toilet paper that someone used to sneeze on that was left in the trash. It is also important that the janitor use the right protective gear so as to not transfer any possible contaminants to his or her fellow employees. Handling the duties of a janitor should be done slowly and carefully. 

    In conclussion it should be a practice for the cleaning staff or janitor to work slowly. Making sure to be careful and not be careless and sloppy.  

     

  • 26 Jul 2021 10:19 PM | Brian Scott

    It is imperative that all cleaning employees and staff are educated about the importance of preventing the spread of bloodborne pathogens in the workplace. Acknowledging and remembering to follow the PPE ( personal protective equipment) policies when handling and cleaning up any exposures to body fluids and sharp objects are a must.

    When removing the protective equipment, always wash your hands with cleaner immediately. Always properly decontaminate surfaces and disinfect all equipment and materials used for cleanup. This will help limit exposure. If you think you've been exposed to a bloodborne pathogen, inform your supervisor and physician immediately.

    These are a few ways to reduce or eliminate these hazards of occupational exposure to your worksite.The "best defense is a thorough offense".


  • 26 Jul 2021 10:02 PM | Jamila Hodges

     Cleaning employees & staff should know about bloodborne pathogens to protect themselves and others in and outside the workspace. Being knowledgeable about risks to exposure can help eliminate life threatening illnesses and serious infections. Education staff members can create an overall safer, healthier workplace for staff. Being aware of how blood born pathogens are contracted in the workspace and prevention procedures are the first step to protecting workspaces.

    Cleaning employees have a first chance to eliminate and lessen the risk of exposure in the workplace by practicing safe techniques. Proper collection of waste that has been compromised by blood borne pathogens help to eliminate risk of infection. It can also eliminate or minimize the risk of exposure from those who come into contact with waste after it is collected and disposed of.

    After a cleaning employee or staff is exposed, knowing about blood born pathogens can help in staff knowing how to respond properly. Responding properly and in a timely manner can make the difference between a worker having a lifelong infection or getting the right treatment to minimize the chances. It can also help to have staff develop policies and cleaning and decontamination schedules programs and procedures.


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