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  • 21 Sep 2021 9:33 PM | Keith Brown

    In todays world thousands of janitorial services are hard at work trying to curb the spread of Covid-19. We at EDA have been in the deep cleaning and biohazard remediation industry for thirty years and find that more and more clients are looking for Green solutions in trying to disinfect their spaces at work and at home.

    By implementing an array of Seventh generation products out of Vermont we have increased sales and brought on more clients that are satisfied and happy to use our services.

  • 21 Sep 2021 6:37 PM | Mychell Harvey

         The importance of being knowledgeable about blood borne pathogens and the use of Universal Precautions is to lessen the risk of being exposed or  contracting a bloodborne illness such as HPV and HIV in the workplace. The regular use and the checking of PPE or personal protective equipment lessens your risk of exposure. Routine hand washing is the most single important thing you can practice to prevent the contraction of a bloodborne pathogens. Knowing the signs and symptoms associated with an illness is essential in the disease process, it's treatment, prevention and progression. 

    Training in the proper handling of sharps and sharp containers are important in preventing workplace needle pricks. Bloodborne pathogens can be transmitted through contaminated needles, blood exposure, coming in contact with contaminated surfaces, and splatter or splashed Microorganisms coming into contact with the mucus membranes of an otherwise healthy person.

    Knowing proper cleaning practices and techniques, being cautious about how you clean and disinfect surfaces were blood or bodily fluids may or may not be present is important to your safety, those around us and those we serve. You should always assume that areas and surfaces around you are contaminated with a pathogen.


  • 21 Sep 2021 2:36 PM | Kara Ellis

    Bloodborne pathogens are pathogenic organisms in human blood that causes diseases. These pathogens cause life threatening illness that may lead to death. Employees should be educated on the risks and proper procedures if they ever come in contact with blood or other bodily fluids.

    The pathogens are undetectable by the naked eye. Therefore, the CDC and OSHA have a required approach called "Universal Protection." This means all blood and bodily fluids should be treated as if they contain these infectious pathogens. Doing so ensures that the number of contact accidents are limited.

    Employees should be educated on OSHA guidelines to keep themselves, their co-workers, and their families safe from infectious diseases. If an employees job requires them to come in contact with potentially infectious materials they should be educated on these guideline at least 10 days before the job and given HBV vaccine to further protect them. Taking these guidelines seriously will simultaneously save lives and the prosperity of my business.

  • 21 Sep 2021 9:03 AM | Scotty Jones

    With the prevalence of the current Covid-19 pandemic, as professionals we are obligated to understand the importance of safe best practices.  Bloodborne pathogens are serious concerns and we as business owners must ensure our teams have been educated in these areas so they can perform their jobs properly.

    Utilizing PPE is a must especially when a spill contains body fluids, I advise my team to wear PPE regardless because you never can predict when the worst can happen.  Also, implementing an exposure control plan is vital as its important to have a set plan in place to ensure all necessary steps are taken in the event someone is exposed, gets a needlestick, etc. 

    By following OSHA mandated guidelines, having an educated workforce on the dangers of bloodborne pathogens will keep everyone safe while continuing to provide much needed services for our clientele. 

  • 21 Sep 2021 7:33 AM | 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.  

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  • 21 Sep 2021 6:34 AM | Fatima Escalante

    It is important for cleaning employees to be aware of bloodborne pathogens and the risks that come from them. But first we need to understand what they are. Bloodborne pathogens are disease-causing microorganisms in human blood which include HBV and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

    It's essential for employers to have knowledge on the procedures that are used to be cautious to help prevent the spread of bloodborne pathogens. One way could be by taking special training classes to increase their knowledge on precautions they can take. Without these training classes the employees could be at risk of getting infected if the proper measures aren't taken.

    In conclusion following the right steps when dealing with body fluids/ blood could prevent life threatening diseases in the workplace. 

  • 21 Sep 2021 6:21 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.

  • 21 Sep 2021 5:06 AM | DARRYL PEARSALL

    There may be no limit to what we are exposed to in the janitorial world, but we can limit what we come in contact with in an unhealthy way. In the case of blood borne pathogens which cause illness, disease or even death, we can take every precaution possible. We are to treat each substance, each situation as if it can harm us, and so, approaching the clean-up with caution and wisdom is a must.

    We are to use protective gear including gloves, masks and gowns. We are to seek a safe way of disposal, labeling the debris, sealing it, and making sure no one else has exposure to the clean-up.   

    We are to clean up our own area including self. Disinfecting all equipment used, washing hands immediately after removing gloves, removing gown and disposing properly can all help in reducing or eliminating the spread of bloodborne pathogens.

    Together we can make this job and world a safer place. With people trusting that we are doing our jobs in a safe manner, it is so important that we approach each day with focused attention on staying safe .... and clean.

  • 20 Sep 2021 8:52 PM | 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.

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  • 20 Sep 2021 6:20 PM | Viane Gabriel

    The way we are going to implement medical cleaning into our business always starts with training. If we don't know what we are doing we can't do the proper job. That meant getting the IJCSA certification first. This gave us the foundation to be able to properly do the job. After we have the training next we need to make sure we are using the right tools.

    With the IJCSA training we are taught what chemicals and equipment to use. Therefore we can go online and buy the best possible tools and products to do the job.

    With the correct tools we will be able to use the proper techniques learned in the IJCSA training course. We will know what to use and the purpose of those products.

    Something else that should be known is that we can use the medical training techniques anywhere that we clean. This is because there is the possibility that there is germs or viruses anywhere. There is also the chance of us getting into contact with a bloodborne pathogens. This means that we should treat every cleaning situation the same way that we would treat a medical cleaning situation. This means being attentive and intentional about everything that we do.

    Being aware of germs and viruses keeps everyone safe. Our job as a cleaning company is to remove those germs, dirt, and viruses. If we have the proper training then we can know we are doing it the right way. A clean space is a healthy space. In these current times health is a primary concern for a lot of people and we can help with that goal by doing the best possible sanitation services. Cleanliness is the main factor that determines whether or not people get viruses from germs and therefore we have to treat every situation as a medical situation.

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