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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.

  • 20 Sep 2021 11:41 AM | Raymond Francisco

    Working as an Environmental Service employee in a hospital setting for 5 years, taught me how essential it is to understand the importance of great customer service!  As a supervisor once told me, every guest that comes to visit us in this hospital, comes to visit us with an issue that we must find a solution for!  Some will come calmer than others, given, but it is essential to make the visit as pleasant as possible.  The IJCSA Customer Service Certificate Training Course helped me identify these missing flaws, and helped me better connect with my guests needs, more importantly how to properly handle all situations.  This course provided me with clarity on how to be more of a professional when in dialogue with a guest, as well as, how to identity and how to approach some of the issues presented before you.  The course taught me how to properly care for a guests needs, and the importance using these tools when you first interact, and keep consistent through and after the fact.  Many of these tools helped me become a better employee to provide a better service for our guest.  I now approach every person and guest I know with these steps I’ve learned, and quite frankly, I am a better employee for it.  Just always remember “make your smile contagious, engage in eye contact to let em know they have your undivided attention, and empathize by relating to the issues and commit/solve while providing clarity and satisfaction!  IJCSA provides everything you truly need! 

  • 20 Sep 2021 8:44 AM | Paola Montiel

    It is important and crucial to know what are the Bloodborne Pathogens and how to prevent exposure at the worksite. Not only people working in the healthcare industry but also the janitors, front cleaners, supervisors and managers should be familiar with the prevention of exposure to B.B.P.

    Learning about safety,  handling and disposal of contaminated sharps, needles and other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) is the best way to be prepared and help prepare your employees for a better and safer way to handle bloodborne pathogens. 

    Using the appropriate personal protective equipment will prevent you from potential exposure. For example; gloves, goggles/ safety glasses, face shields, media gowns or lab coats.

  • 20 Sep 2021 7:51 AM | Christoff Neely

    Being on the frontlines as cleaners in today's world is not the easiest task. Even before the current pandemic there were always uncertainties of what chemicals to use from what not to use. Disinfect or not disinfect. 

    Blue Print Maintenance is an IJCSA Green Certified Cleaner. WE made it our highest priority to serve our clients with products that are safe to use around our clients and their properties. Our staff is well versed with every chemical used to serve you.

    A few ways that we can help assist you with making a customized plan is: Each building and space is unique. We can help improve the health of the buildings' occupants resulting in sick days. Our staff is trained to tackle a variety of different scenarios that may occur on your property professionally. We only use products that are EPA approved and do our due diligence with research on those said products. As the customer you and your staff are our biggest investment; hence we ensure that the natural products used are in right standing with those who will be exposed to them.

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  • 20 Sep 2021 7:03 AM | Mireydy Morales

    Biohazard cleaning is essential to the community because there are many occurring tragedies on a day to day basis. Like those of us losing a loved one or having a loved one be living in an unsafe condition is the reason these companies exist because not everyone can handle cleaning an area where a loved one passed or clean an area that smells awful.   
      That’s the reason why we the professionals are here to help those loved ones and those people who are in need of assistance in cleaning. We take courses to be certified to do our jobs correctly and effectively. In a well mannered way and to follow all laws regarding the hazardous waste that will be disposed of and the training needed to avoid any contact with bloodborne pathogens.

      These biohazard businesses are very important to our society because it’ll help us do the correct type of cleaning to get rid of any harmful material that can cause illnesses. Like a classroom having mold behind a board and the mold spores could cause breathing problems that could result in worse conditions if not removed. That’s the reason biohazard cleaning business are important and essential.

  • 19 Sep 2021 6:16 PM | Tyrone Jones

    When you diligently prioritize being certified and/or recertified in green cleaning, it ultimately takes you down a journey that reiterates the versatile options that one has at his/her disposal regarding green cleaning. The most popular benefits of being a green cleaner are very obvious: 1) Reduction in health risks 2) Improvements in indoor air quality. 3) Reduction in harsh chemicals being placed in the environment. 4) Increase in productivity.

    Pursuing the Masters Green Cleaning Certification deepens your awakening regarding not only what is categorized as green cleaning, but it also expands your appreciation for true "all natural cleaning" options as well. Further exploring the availability of natural alternatives to harsh chemicals gives you a greater sense of how to truly position yourself, your employees, your customers, and their customers to no longer just prioritize cleaning with excellence, but instead to prioritize cleaning to a healthy and safe environment with excellence. This is a clear distinction between those two agendas.

    A Masters Green Cleaner does not have to limit him/herself to just striving to be better than the competition, but instead, can strive towards being among the fewer qualified providers (in the industry) of transforming the customers' environments into mini-safe havens (from a cleaning perspective). 

    A Masters Green Cleaner is equipped with the knowledge to better lead his/her team towards differentiating themselves in a way that makes them feel like they are a part of something bigger than the norm. Successful teams all have three things in common: knowledgeable leadership, teammates that get better over time, and everyone buying into a vision that truly positions the team "to win".

    A Masters Green Cleaner has the knowledge and awareness of educating the team on ways to improve its cleaning practices while also protecting the employees from being insufficiently protected from harsh chemicals. In closing, all of these are reasons that reinforce the benefits of being a green cleaner (Masters Green Cleaner).  

  • 19 Sep 2021 4:22 PM | Marie Trinkaus

    Working in the cleaning field, whether it be a hospital, healthcare setting, residential cleaning, commercial cleaning, or janitorial services, We are exposed to many potentially harmful bacteria, viruses, and possibly bloodborne pathogens every single time we clean. Knowing where these potential dangerous exposures are, and how to handle and clean them accordingly as to minimize risk of exposure, is imperative to assuring our health and safety, as well as others.

    As cleaning professionals, it is our duty to not only clean, shine, and tidy, but also to safely minimize risk of exposure, disinfecting all surfaces, and to do so in a way that will not harm ourselves or others who work with us, as well as others who work in these areas that we clean.

    Being aware of the potential hazards of bloodborne pathogens has always been incredibly important, and these days during the global pandemic, it is absolutely necessary.

    We have an important, unique duty and responsibility to helping to protect ourselves, others around us, and our families by knowing how to properly work in our field, and do so in a way that not only minimizes the risk of contamination, but to help in breaking the chain and helping to stop the spread of infections diseases of all kinds. 

  • 19 Sep 2021 2:26 PM | Nicholas Anderson

    Bloodborne pathogens are a serious concern for cleaning employees and staff.  It’s important that all cleaning personnel understand what bloodborne pathogens are, what hazards they possess, how to prevent exposure and the procedures for post exposure.  Bloodborne pathogens include viruses like HBV, HCV, HIV and OPIMs.  These disease can be transferred through blood and bodily fluids.  It’s greatly important that cleaning employees and staff understand the importance of these hazards.

    OSHA has created bloodborne pathogen standards that guides employers on how to implement control measures, universal precautions, hazard communication and recordkeeping.  Work practices should be explained to the employees and enforcement of the procedures should be a top priority.  Understanding the importance of using PPE, disinfectants and the post-exposure steps are critical in those working in facilities that have possible contact with bloodborne pathogens.

    Employers must implement a safety program where the staff and employees understand and follow the rules for working with bloodborne pathogens.  They must wear the proper PPE, use the appropriate cleaning products and equipment when working in these facilities.  The importance of understanding bloodborne pathogens is to enforce precautionary measures to prevent exposure.   

  • 19 Sep 2021 8:57 AM | Frances Kelly

    Homeowners should really consider the end results of hiring a certified cleaning person or business for their home cleaning services. 

    Hiring a professional cleaning person or company will ensure a facility is getting the highest quality cleaning possible, with the best service and products, in compliance with OSHA standards.

    Your home is an oasis where you supposed to be the place of peace, rest, restore and recharge. However, your home can become a burden from long, busy work week, the last thing you want to do is clean your house. Take the burden off an hire a professional. At Apply The Pressure we can made your home a sanctuary.

    Professional cleaners ensure their clean have healthy indoor air. You can breathe better in a healthy and clean environment. Unfortunately, dust, dirt, allergens, pet dander and other unhealthy particulates that will build up over time. These particles can  overtime can circulate  in your HVAC system which creates more contaminants in the air that you are  breathing.

    Hiring certified person or company for your residential cleaning will create long-term savings. For instance, your furniture, carpets drapes, and blinds etc. are valuable. Without routine cleaning, these previous items will begin to deteriorate. Carpet, upholstery  and drapery fabric fibers break down and loos their smooth surface quickly.

    Professionals will more than likely have the right equipment and resources to perform the cleaning efficiently and effectively. No matter how hard you try to spotless clean the tools and products you use don't work as well as professional tools.

    Frances Kelly

    Apply The Pressure LLC 

  • 19 Sep 2021 12:04 AM | Estrada

    Yes the hype surrounding COVID is justified so many people have passed, now as professionals we have the opportunity to make an impact, not just for the moment but in general.

    Bloodborne pathogens are inside every part of us and may develop and we need to learn how to deal with those in a safe, professional manner.

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