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  • 26 Jul 2021 6:07 PM | Frances Kelly

    Top Janitorial and Cleaning Services with exceptional customer service  experiences. The IJCSA Member Companies are the best and take pride in the work in order to provide customer satisfaction!

    These companies give their clients the opportunity to be heard, to be understood and comments positively with a smile and eye contact.

    Also, they know the importance  of listening to every customers  concerns, emphathizing with the customer and clarifying the situation better understand.

    Last, the IJCSA Member Companies thrives off of the significance of following up with their clients to get the feedback or to get their rate of satisfaction. These companies use a few ways to employ the follow ups by phone, email, card sent in the mail or offer a free or discounted services.

    The IJCSA Member Companies information can be located at the following link. 

    Frances Kelly

    Apply The Pressure LLC 

  • 26 Jul 2021 3:29 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.

  • 26 Jul 2021 2:52 PM | Mollie Buford





  • 26 Jul 2021 2:31 PM | Frances Kelly

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) disseminated the Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens standard due to a significant health risk associated with exposure to viruses and other microorganisms that cause bloodborne diseases. "Bloodborne pathogens are infectious microorganisms present in blood that can cause disease in humans. These pathogens include, but are not limited to, hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the virus that causes AIDS. Workers exposed to bloodborne pathogens are at risk for serious or life-threatening illnesses"

    The standard sets forth requirements by OSHA for employers with workers bloodborne pathogens in order to reduce or eliminate the hazards of occupational exposure. The steps of importance are to ensure safety and proper cleaning of exposure to viruses and other microorganisms that cause bloodborne diseases. 

    One step is an employer must identify and ensure the implementation of work practice controls. An exposure control plan for the worksite are practices that reduce the possibility of exposure by changing the way a task is performed, such as appropriate practices for handling and disposing of contaminated sharps, handling specimens, handling laundry, and cleaning contaminated surfaces and other materials. This type of control also ensures the use of personal protective clothing and equipment, provide training , medical surveillance, hepatitis B vaccinations, and signs and labels, among other provisions. 

    Another step is to identify and use engineering controls which are devices that isolate or remove an employee exposure to bloodborne pathogens hazardous at the workplace. They include sharp disposal containers, self_sheathing needles,such as sharp-injury protection and needles systems, and the use of safer medical devices, such as needleless devices, shielded needle devices, and plastic capillary tubes.

    The third step is an employee is provided with the appropriate exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other microorganisms that cause bloodborne diseases. The personal protective equipment (PPE) requires  safety items, such as gloves, gowns, eye protection, and masks. Employers must clean, repair, and replace this equipment as needed. Provision, maintenance, repair and replacement are at no cost to the work.

    Frances Kelly

    Apply The Pressure LLC 

  • 26 Jul 2021 1:37 PM | Lane Johnston

    How You Can Implement Medical Cleaning Practices Into Other Residential & Commercial Cleaning Situations

    Medical Cleaning Practices are a valuable tool to help protect people from harmful bacteria, germs, and viruses.  These practices include (but are not limited to) things such as practicing Universal Precautions, wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), and understanding how to mitigate cross contamination.

    Most of the methods and practices used in Medical Cleaning can be applied to residential and commercial cleaning situations.  For example, having a color-coded system that indicates to the janitorial staff what towels are to be used for which areas works just as well in offices and residential areas as medical facilities.  This can help mitigate the chances of cross contamination, or taking germs from one area (say a bathroom) and spreading them to another (general office areas). 

    Another useful practice in medical cleaning that should be implemented in residential and commercial cleaning is the proper use of PPE.  Just as janitors and cleaning staff should use a separate pair of gloves in each medical patient’s room, the same should be applied to all restrooms in office buildings and residential homes.  This will only help lower the chances of spreading germs from one place to another. 

    Bloodborne Pathogens can be encountered in commercial and residential cleaning situations just like in medical facilities.  It may not be as common, but the training and practice of taking Universal Precautions is still important when it comes to cleaning non-medical spaces.

    A great line of defense against bacteria, germs, & viruses is a well-trained janitorial company.  To find one in your area, please visit the IJCSA Janitorial Service Directory here. 

  • 26 Jul 2021 11:33 AM | Carolyn Gray

    Implementing a green cleaning system in your commercial or residential business provides a healthier environment.  It reduces the need to use harsh chemicals that can have a negative long term effect on an individual's health.

    Using the program in the workforce makes facilities healthier and safer for all employees.  The green cleaning system reduces bottles in our landfills.

    Due to the Covid- 19 pandemic  I believe it is best for cleaning service providers to implement a green cleaning system for all clients. While providing exceptional service, your clients will know that we are making their facilities safe an healthier.

    Overall the implementation of the green cleaning system improves air quality and is a cost saving measure of cleaning product/s.

    Find Professional Certified Green Cleaning Companies Here

  • 26 Jul 2021 8:56 AM | Michael Rucker

    Understanding Bloodborne Pathogens is important for all, especially those who may be exposed through occupations such as medical and janitorial. Following protocol and regular training can prevent the spread of infectious disease and even prevent death. 

    Bloodborne Pathogens training was initially created for hospital staff, however, Janitorial and other staff personnel can be directly affected. Bloodborne Pathogens enter the body through the nasal, mouth or eye canals and can cause serious illness and injury to the human body. 

    If one should become exposed to a Bloodborne Pathogen, it is important to follow the protocol set forth by the employer. Immediate knowledge of exposure and action ensures that both cleaning staff member and employer remain safe and healthy. 

  • 26 Jul 2021 8:48 AM | Mendi Riggins

    While being a janitorial worker may be a dirty job, it must also be a safe one.  It is important for janitorial workers to know about the safety precautions of being exposed to Bloodborne Pathogens.  These precautions include wearing protective gear, cleaning surfaces and disposing of contaminated items properly.

    All workers must wear gloves when working in medical offices to limit the probability of exposure to bodily fluids.  Workers must be sure not to avoid cross contamination by changing their gloves frequently.  It is also important for workers to know the proper way to take the gloves off, which is to avoid touching the edge and folding them within each other. The workers should also avoid splashing and slinging of any hazardous materials, to avoid spreading contamination.

    It is important that workers know that in order to clean surfaces that have been contaminated you must use a cleaning product that contains 1 part bleach to 9 parts water.  This solution should be on the surface for at least 20 minutes and then wiped up the remaining solution.  Workers must know the importance of cleaning and disinfecting mops and mop buckets, as this is a means to avoid transference.

    The last and possibly the most import step is the disposal of hazardous materials.  It is important for workers to know that they cannot just thought hazardous materials in the trash.  These items must be disposed of in a red or orange biohazard bag.  Workers must also remember to NEVER compress these bags, as it may expose them or others to bloodborne pathogens either by contaminated syringes or broken glass.

    By following these simple steps, janitorial workers will do their part to ensure a safer work environment and a clean environment for the customers.

  • 25 Jul 2021 8:14 PM | Juan Manuel Moctezuma

    It’s  important  to know the major role that the cleaning staff play in keeping themselves safe and the people they provide services for when dealing with bloodborne pathogens. Cleaning staff are in contact almost on a daily basis with a variety of viruses contained in blood and other body fluids.

    A safe workplace should be  one of the top priorities of any business that provides cleaning services to clients.Proper training of cleaning personnel it’s an investment in itself ,because a well trained personnel not only protect themselves and others, but also it lowers accidents,injuries, and days lost of work.

    Since staff of a cleaning services are the ones in the frontlines dealing with bloodborne, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces,it’s imperative to train them properly how to use personal protective equipment,how to follow the Universal Precautions as established by OSHA.

  • 25 Jul 2021 6:38 PM | Trenn Giordano

    Have you ever took the time to just imagine what your workplace or school environment would look like or even smell like if there was nobody to clean up all the messes that you tend to make from time to time  ? For the great majority , your response was that maybe  you  probably haven’t . Everyday , we go about our lives whatever that might look like , we go to the grocery store , stop for a gas fill up , go to the doctors office , or maybe even go to school , in all of these places it is your local janitors and custodians who take the credit for the clean environment that you stay in . 

    That means all of the nice and shiny floors that you walk on , the clean windows you look into  , & the vacuumed rugs you might lay on , it is  all because of your local hard working janitor . However, even though a janitors role might be limited as we think  to cleaning things it as actually far more important then just that .  Janitors use valuable knowledge on how to deal with certain chemicals that may be harmful to me or you if not used properly , they also quite often  are confronted with possible health hazards that can be a risk to them or others around if not dealt with cautiously .  With this knowledge it is important how janitors approach a possible health hazard , and how to identity when there is a possible hazard in front of them .

    Identifying hazards can be noted as : sharp pointy objects in a trash can or any other place , blood  spills , and even vomit . All of these examples are considered to be hazardous because they all contain bloodborne pathogens ( BBP) which is an infectious microorganism that can cause disease in humans through blood or other exposure to other bodily fluids . Exposure to these hazards are not limited to just touch or getting somebody else’s blood in your opened wound , these diseases can actually be transmitted  just through contact through the mucus membrane, which is your nasal and mouth airways . These diseases include but are not limited to HBV and HIV.

    So for janitors to come into work everyday to do they’re cleaning  , they need to make sure that they come prepared for any hazard at hand . Thankfully they do ! By the standard we call PPE which stands for personal protective equipment . PPE  is to make sure the janitor is safe and guarded from the exposure to BBP . Personal equipment are items such as gloves , masks , protective clothing , and goggles which protect from dealing with chemicals and other health hazards .

    In conclusion , we see that a janitors role truly is more then just cleaning and making things look nice and shiny . They are the middleman between me and you that allows us to live in a healthy, safe , clean , hazard free environment . For any cleaning janitorial services try 

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