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  • 19 Nov 2018 8:28 AM | Jaladi Merriweather

    Bloodborne pathogens are an imminent and very serious life or death risk for any profession, especially pertaining to the cleaning industry. With those factors stated, it is very imperative to learn important steps and measures to prevent possible exposure and contamination of such harmful substances. The very protocol your establishment takes can ultimately lead to protecting staff, consumers, and yourself from taking a gambling chance statistically with your safety.

    There are several ways to protect yourself against bloodborne pathogens in the workplace. The first step, in my opinion, which I feel is most important, is observing. I think carefully assessing the areas for any potential threat is crucial. When observing, treat all is if infectious! Secondly, proper dressing and donning of personal protective gear (goggles, gloves, tongs, etc...) is key. Last, but certainly not least, is controlling the contaminated area/areas with proper containment, cleanup, and disposal techniques.

    Eliminating the risk of infectious bloodborne pathogens, by taking preventative measures and techniques, is an effective way against possible exposure and contamination. Proper vaccination and also notifying supervisor and healthcare provider of possible exposure or contamination are prevalent. Following, OSHA  standards and other training protocols, provides your establishment, staff, and clients with a safe and healthy environment.

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  • 19 Nov 2018 4:54 AM | Andrew Johnson

    Attention IJCSA members:

    For all those who are involved with the cleaning industry make sure you get your Carpet Cleaning Certification from IJCSA. The material is much more than you think, don't miss an opportunity to learn more and make your cleaning organization the tip of the spear. For any potential customer who may be reading this I will now direct you to our directory.


  • 19 Nov 2018 4:47 AM | Andrew Johnson

    Hello IJCSA Members,

    My name is Andrew Johnson and I am the founder of WPR LLC.  I plan on having a carpet cleaning subdivision of my business in the near future. Companies should want to know the level IJCSA Members go to clean for their customers is magnanimous. I plan on having a good team that understands with great cleanings brings repeat business. I look forward to any feed back from members. 


  • 18 Nov 2018 5:05 PM | Elena Pena

    Using green, eco-friendly cleaning products can improve the air quality, reduce health and environmental concerns and sets the standard for environmentally responsible behavior. Contributing to a well thought out green cleaning practice will benefit not only client, but it will also ensure that you are reducing your impact on the environment. Your clients will appreciate this and maybe even start using green cleaning products themselves!

    To implement a good green cleaning service program you must first conduct an audit of the facility or area in which you have been hired to clean. This will help you assess which areas need the most improvement and build a comprehensive plan around this. Next is to train the cleaning staff with the use of chemical and equipment handling and cleaning procedures. Afterwards, review the progress to make sure the green cleaning program is successful and implement any changes.

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  • 18 Nov 2018 10:49 AM | Steven Thomas Jr

    Did you know that the products being used to clean your facility could be emitting volatile organic compounds (VOC) into the atmosphere which can cause respiratory and dermatological problems?  Scary right? Well, if you are ready to “go green” and don’t know where to start?  Look now further…..Find A IJCSA Certified Green Cleaning Service Here.  Going green will improve the quality of the air, clean and disinfect the environment without the harmful toxins from ordinary cleaning products! Don’t hesitate go green today!

  • 17 Nov 2018 6:36 PM | Anonymous
    It's difficult to find a professional green cleaning company that has the knowledge of what are they really doing in the field. Many cleaning and janitorial companies claim to be professionals but, how can you know if that is true?

    IJCSA has so many members if you are looking for an eco-friendly company you simply can`t go wrong!
    If you need cleaning service in your facility it is better to check if they are certified in the service that they are offering. A professional green cleaning company will take care of your facility and the people who work with you using safe natural products.   

  • 17 Nov 2018 4:55 AM | Anastasia Walters

    When you hear the term "blood-borne pathogens", what do you think of? First thing that comes to my mind is a zombie invasion. Okay, it's not as scary (or cool) as that, but it is something to take serious. Anyone whose job requires potential risk to coming in contact with bodily fluid needs to be informed of blood-borne pathogens. Why? Because you don't want to become a zombie, of course! Or at least get very, very sick.  

    Blood-borne pathogens are disease-causing microorganisms that exist in blood. They can be transmitted through mucus membranes, cuts, or abrasions. Two examples of blood-borne pathogen diseases are hepatitis B (HBV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). What is even scarier about these diseases is that you can have it without immediately knowing because it can take some time before signs and symptoms appear.  

    As cleaning service employees, we are at risk of coming in contact with blood-borne pathogens. That is why it is important for us to take precaution against these diseases. That means wearing proper safety gear, learning proper ways to disinfect, and properly disposing of potentially contaminated items. It requires us to be knowledgeable on blood-borne pathogens and know what procedure to follow if we suspect we have been exposed.  

    Keep safe practices a priority with every cleaning job you do and we won't have to experience a real life World War Z.

  • 16 Nov 2018 12:53 PM | Rosana Constantino

    In today's world, we are constantly surrounded by toxic contaminants. The most dangerous are known as Volatile Organic Compounds and Persistent Organic Pollutants. The EPA reports that VOCs are emitted by a wide range of consumer and industrial products, among them, everyday cleaning products.

    These everyday cleaners are meant to facilitate our lives, but are, in fact, harming us. Unfortunately, we the consumers are the reason they are being manufactured. Organic chemicals are inexpensive to produce and are very effective, something very appealing to the mass production process.

    Please note that VOCs are not ingredients themselves, rather, they are gases that are constantly being released from organic chemicals used in the manufacturing process. EPA studies indicate that people who clean using products containing organic chemicals can expose themselves and others to high pollutant levels. Even after you're done cleaning, elevated concentrations can persist in the air for hours.

    The novelty of POPs is that they are highly stable organic compounds often used as disinfectants. POPs are a real problem because they persist in the environment, accumulate in human and animal fatty tissues, and are toxic to most forms of life.

    Most everyday cleaning products contain POPs as their main ingredient and are found in household insecticides and moth repellants. According to the EPA, nearly every person on earth can be shown to have detectable levels of POPs.

    There are also variants such as Persistent, Bio-accumulative, and Toxic pollutants that pose a risk to humans and wildlife ecosystems that make them horribly destructive to our planet and our health.

    Overexposure to VOCs can cause adverse health conditions such as coughing, fever, muscle aches, and allergies. High levels of VOCs and POPs have been shown to cause cancer, birth defects, and even death. The use of products that emit VOCs and POPs is also at least in part responsible for many conditions such as Sick Building Syndrome, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, and Asthma.

    Why then are they still being manufactured and sold to the public? The truth is that there are few regulations of these chemicals. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) only tests prescription drugs and consumable products. The EPA only investigates after there have been many complaints reported. Basically, if a product ever gets to a point where it warrants an investigation, it's likely too late. Interestingly enough, the EPA already lists most VOCs and POPs as Extremely Hazardous Substances (EHS), but unfortunately, chemical production continues largely unregulated.

    To protect ourselves, we need to reduce or eliminate our exposure to these substances. Some of the most toxic are found in everyday products like all-purpose cleaners, oven cleaners, and fabric softeners.

    These environmental poisons need to be replaced with non-toxic and environmentally safe counterparts, if not by the government, then by each and every one of us. For daily cleaning, baking soda and vinegar are wonderful natural alternatives that do a great job keeping things clean.

    For an ongoing green solution, you can seek out a green cleaning service provider at 


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  • 15 Nov 2018 7:40 PM | Kellie Turner

                    When it comes to finding a green cleaning service for your home or company, there are quite a few things to consider and look for. Among the long list of things to look for there is making sure the company is certified, that it isn’t a greenwashing company, they are bonded and insured, they are committed to being green, and they know how to answer all your questions.

                    It is reassuring to make sure the company you are interested in hiring is certified. There are a lot of companies out there that claim to be certified, so it’s best to find out the certification process. One great one to look out for is the Green Seal’s GS-49 Standard. Companies that have this seal use healthy types of tools, processes, products and techniques. The requirement for this certificate is the company’s owners and employees must finish 8 hours of training annually. Making sure the company isn’t greenwashing is important to know before hiring. The best way to go about finding this out is by inquiring about their material safety data sheets. Professional cleaning companies are required by Occupational Safety and Health administration (OSHA) to have safety data sheets.

                    Although not exclusive to green cleaning companies, making sure they are bonded and insured gives you protection in case something goes wrong. Their insurance company will be responsible for covering financial losses, not you.  Look for content that specifies the company’s chemistry and describes their processes to make sure they are committed to being green, if the company is committed to being green they will use products and chemicals that are non-toxic. Give the company you are interested in hiring a call and ask all your questions. Questions like, how long have you been in business, do you train all your employee’s in green cleaning, what products do you avoid using and why, do you have certifications, or what kids of tools do you use? All these questions plus more if you feel you need to ask them are great questions to learn more about the company. If they can answer your questions and you feel comfortable with your answer, then you are ready to switch to green cleaning.

    Find IJCSA Certified Natural Green Cleaning Services Here

  • 15 Nov 2018 10:13 AM | Jillian DeAnnuntis

    Good customer service is one of the most important things a company can provide to its clients. Being able to listen to a customers needs or issues and address them in a timely and professional matter is essential for the success of any cleaning service company. 

    Members of the International Janitorial Cleaning Service Association (IJCSA) like GME Cleaning Solutions, receive customer service certifications. This teaches us how to put customers first and always make customer service a priority. To find a cleaning service provider certified in customer service go to

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