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  • 10 Aug 2022 6:08 PM | Ana Malone

    It is extremely important for cleaning employees to be aware of the risk that comes from bloodborne pathogens. Cleaning staff could come into contact with many forms of bodily fluids that have the possibility of spreading disease. There is a possibility to infect themselves and many others by not properly handling situations where bloodborne pathogens could be a risk. Cleaning staff should always use universal precautions.

    Even if a particular cleaning staff member would not usually be expected to come into contact with a bloodborne pathogen, they should have the proper training to be able to handle the situation and reduce the chances of anyone contracting a bloodborne pathogen whenever possible.

    Bloodborne pathogens training can help employees to be aware of the risk and to use universal precautions by wearing proper PPE and following all established safety protocols. Without training employees may not be aware of the risks and that could lead to many people being at risk to be infected by a bloodborne pathogen that could have otherwise been avoided.

  • 10 Aug 2022 5:34 PM | Richard Porter

    Searching for a green cleaning service. It's just a click away  https://www.ijcsa.org/Green-Cleaning-Services At IJCSA we pride ourselves on our standards and practices. Just look for a provider in your area, and rest assured, that of they have the Green Cleaning certificate, you will receive environmentally sound services.

    So if you are just environmentally conscious, or have concerns about pets or children, try one of our certified service providers. We take extra steps to utilize the latest in green cleaning to ensure an environmentally sound service. 

    Never hesitate to call or ask questions. Our certified green cleaning providers will be more than glad to answer any questions or concerns. Remember that you get what you pay for. Hiring IJCSA Certified providers ensures you get the best.

  • 10 Aug 2022 4:19 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, 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.


  • 10 Aug 2022 3:46 PM | Brian Scott

    Choosing Green Cleaning products over everyday cleaning chemicals can be a life changing decision. 

    Ordinary cleaning chemicals can be sweet-smelling and make our lives easier, but we have to remember that they could also be harmful to our health and the environment. For example, bleach and ammonia, to name a couple can cause serious damage to our skin, lungs, throat and eyes when not properly used. Ammonia can cause asthmatic complications and bleach can cause migraines and muscle weakness.

    Green cleaning products shouldn't contain hazardous chemicals. They are safer and more suitable for everyday use around your homes and facilities. Green cleaning products are less harmful to the environment and doesn't contain chemicals that can cause significant pollution to our water and often use recyclable packaging, free of dyes and chlorine. 

    Always take reasonable precautions to storing cleaning products and to always wear your PPE when using cleaning chemicals. 

  • 10 Aug 2022 12:51 PM | 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.


  • 10 Aug 2022 9:17 AM | Anthony Epps

    The roles of janitorial & custodians are extremely important to upkeep buildings, schools, medical facilities, churches, and much more. Janitors are the reason why people are able to go into a bathroom or building or breakroom and it is smelling and looking clean.  Janitorial services is something that can never be overlooked. The White House as a Janitor, who cleans and keeps the oval office very tidy and clean. Janitors have to be trained and learn proper steps to cleaning a variety of locations within the facility.

    Janitors keep the location spotless and clean for the next day and or shift for oncoming staff who work at the location.  There is many perks in hiring an janitor to maintain the building functions , such the cafeteria, restroom, breakroom, gym, locker room, and so much more. Floor maintenance for stripping, waxing, buffing the floors(VCT) when needed. 

    Training janitors properly and continuous training can improve the janitor's ability to get the job done and have great productivity during their shift. The biggest concern would a dirty and unsanitary environment for people to be in. Especially during these times of uncertainly about COVID-19 and it being noticed that it's on the raise again.  Its very important to have janitors working and trained to serve the public at the highest level . 

    Janitors keep everything organized and tidy, helps others mental health. A individual walks into a dirty locations and makes people take caution due to the look and smell of the location. Versus that same individual walking into other part of the building which is properly clean and tidy puts people in great mental state and good. No janitor and see how your locations look after one week. Janitors are vital to keep the environment clean and organized , which is needed more than ever.

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  • 10 Aug 2022 8:24 AM | Jessica Beranek

    When working in environments where blood and bodily fluids are encountered regularly, the bloodborne pathogen training is vital to any employee to keep them safe as well as anyone that is working around them.  Without knowing the potential threat of infection that may be behind every cleaning job; staff stands wide open for the threat of infection and disease and even has the potential for death.

    Through following the regulations put into place by OSHA, workers protect themselves and coworkers by treating all blood and secretions as assumed infection.  With viruses such as HIV and Hepatitis as a primary concern and transmitted through these secretions, it is imperative to be meticulous when dealing with SHARPS and fluids.

    The use of PPE’s are vital to keeping employees safe; gloves  and a mask can both prevent the spread of infectious diseases and are essential in the workplace and the knowledge of how to properly use them is just as important.  Through the knowledge of safe handling procedures and how to be aware as well as the use of PPE, one can remain safe through the use of the bloodborne pathogen regulations in what could potentially could be a dangerous situation.

  • 10 Aug 2022 7:50 AM | Richard Porter

    Every year, numerous Americans are infected with extraordinarily virile infections through healthcare facilities. Proper cleaning and disinfection is crucial for hospitals, medical, and dental offices. The importance of following standards and guidelines, put in place by the CDC, has never been more important.

    With the advent of the Coronavirus, this has been brought to the forefront of many Americans minds. However, properly trained healthcare cleaning professionals have been fighting this battle.for many years. There are numerous standards and practices that need to be followed.

    If you are looking for a healthcare cleaning professional, look no further. Search the IJCSA directory for a certified healthcare cleaner. The standards of training are rigorous and ensure that you get the highest quality professionals available - https://www.ijcsa.org/Janitorial-Service-Directory-Find-A-Janitorial-Service-JanitorialServices

  • 10 Aug 2022 6:32 AM | Jessica Beranek

    Hospitals and Doctor's offices, where we go to get better, not get a newly acquired infection.  Healthcare facilities can be a hot bed of bacteria and viruses if not properly maintained.  The safety if not only patients, but doctors, staff and visitors may be at risk if safety protocols for cleaning are not followed.

    While flu viruses can live on non porous surfaces up to 48 hours and on porous surfaces up to 12 hours; that leaves a large window of time if left unattended for a variety of people to come into contact and become infected. The simple act of  a patient touching a light switch, followed by a doctor touching it could potentially infect the doctor who would then pass that on to another patient and so on.  

    Additionally, immunocompromised patient's health relies on a very clean environment to make sure no more viruses or infections are introduced into their surroundings.  Improper handling of linens could potentially stir up pathogens that prove infectious.  As well as bloodborne pathogens if improperly handled and cleaned could prove to be infectious to anyone that may come into contact and ultimately could potentially be deadly.  Using a knowledgable company is a must to maintain safety.  Search the for your next certified Medical Cleaning Company at:

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

  • 09 Aug 2022 10:43 PM | David DeForest

    A clean environment in which one lives or works is essential for good health, much like the air, food and water we need. Bloodborne pathogens similar to contaminated air, food and water poses a risk to health and life.

    A well trained janitorial service being educated about the potential dangers of bloodborne pathogens, can help maintain a clean and safe environment to benefit the health of those in it.

    IJCSA maintains high standards for its members and therefore provides the necessary training to achieve certification in the various scopes of the profession. The bloodborne certification is one credential on the path of excellence and professionalism for the IJCSA members.


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