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  • 27 May 2020 8:50 PM | John Jenkins

    Professional Janitorial Service is providing a clean environment for the work place or home. By providing adequate education and training of Bloodborne Pathogen to employees and staff is foremost the most important part of work place safety. It is an investment for our employees and as an employer.    

    It is our job as an employer to provide PPE, education, and training for best cleaning practices by OSHA. By doing so, we are creating a positive and safe work environment for our staff; educations on how to become more visual to harmful waste.

    Our employee’s will be adequately trained by watching the OSHA Video, discussion of actions displayed in the video, preforming supervised cleaning technique and monitor by their supervisor. After display of techniques, our employees will receive their Bloodborne Pathogen certification of completion and ready to begin cleaning services. 

  • 27 May 2020 8:16 PM | Eliyah Ben-David

    The importance of knowing about bloodborne pathogens is NOT only for the safety in the workplace but is also a vital part of not contracting or spreading the disease. Although, in my profession we are not as exposed to blood borne pathogens as much as a medical professional but exposure is still possible which is why it is very important to understand how to operate in such an environment by knowing what bloodborne pathogens are and how it enters the body, which helps create a safe work environment. 

    Understanding how to prevent or limit exposure to bloodborne pathogen in the workplace with proper procedures can help prevent contracting and or spreading disease.

    So, what is a Bloodborne pathogen? I have come to learn that bloodborne pathogens are microorganisms that are present in human blood that may cause diseases such as HBV, HIV, and HCV, these diseases can lead to illness and in some cases even death. 

    I also understand that taking proper Universal Precautions such as wearing protective equipment, not eating, drinking, smoking or applying lip balm in an affected area can help protect you and reduce the potential of spreading the disease.

    Understanding the responsibility an employer has in regards to keeping and enforcing these guidelines help us to better appreciate the care that we should not only exercises for our fellow employees but for ALL people in general! 

  • 27 May 2020 7:52 PM | Ana Malone

        My name is Ana Malone the owner of a small cleaning business and I want to protect my staff from any hazards they may encounter on the job.I t is important for cleaning staff to know about blood-borne pathogens because they could potentially come into contact with them. Blood born pathogens are infectious pathogenic microorganisms in human blood that cause diseases. There are many different blood-borne pathogens, including malaria, syphilis, and brucellosis, and most notably, hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). While performing routine cleaning duties a Busy B employee may need to dispose of infectious materials. 

             When cleaning, removing trash, or doing laundry my employees may come into contact with blood or other infectious materials on sinks, first aide boxes, or sharp objects that need to be disposed of. Cleaning standards provided by OSHA must be taught to ensure that the risk of exposure to my employees is lowered or eliminated.  It is important to understand that properly disposing of infectious materials is a matter of life and death. 

              Busy B employees will follow universal precautions by assuming that all material is hazardous. We will wash our hands frequently, cover any open cuts with band-aides, wear protective gloves, goggles, and any PPE necessary to the job. We wear PPE when handling contaminated laundry and take care not to smash the trash bags down into trash cans. Employees will be taught to clean and disinfect an area to ensure that pathogens are contained and surfaces are decontaminated so no one else is exposed to the pathogens.Busy B only uses CDC approved cleaners to clean up blood borne pathogens.  

  • 27 May 2020 7:43 PM | JASON RICHARDS

    Our company wears many hats in the restoration industry. This puts our staff at risk almost every day. It’s important for our staff to know that 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. Bloodborne pathogens can be contracted or to come in contact by blood, mucous membrane, saliva and other body fluids and/or cuts, abrasions, human bites or needle sticks.

     While onsite, it’s important to know what is being cleaned. How do we prevent cross contamination and what PPE is appropriate for the work that’s being performed. It is very imperative to implement the proper training for usage of  PPE. Proper donning and doffing PPE should also be with that training.

    If someone is exposed to bloodborne pathogens, they should follow proper protocol immediately. Wash exposed skin, cuts, and needlestick injuries thoroughly with soap and water. If you have been splashed by potentially infectious fluids around the eyes, nose or mouth, flush the area with water. Immediately report the incident to emergency medical services.

    Proper labeling and disposal are a very vital part of what needs to be done on each job site. Red medical waste management bags and having proper labeled & color coated containers that don’t leak from the bottom or the sides are two examples of this.

    Every business that deals with bloodborne pathogens needs to develop proper overall training on dues and don’ts. Keeping proper record keeping and yearly training are some of  most important things as well.

  • 27 May 2020 7:05 PM | Ricardo Ferreira

    When sick people infected with diseases that can be transmitted by body fluids like influenzas and coronavirus for example search medical attention in this facility they can easy contaminated areas to where they pass.

    Depending on the kind of bacteria and virus and the surfaces where this microorganism can be live for many days or even longer. As individuals touch surfaces that are infect and they touch they eye, mount or eat something with infect hands they will probably being infect also.

    If the cleaning it is not done effective the spread of the microorganism not only will be continued but also increase significant. For example, if the cleaning is one with the wrong product or if the correct product is not left long enough in the surfaces and some towel is used to clean these harms microorganisms will be place every place the towel touches.

    This is why is so important that the cleaning is done properly by someone that is properly trained and certify so the disinfected and sanitation will be done corrective and this way the infections prevention will be effected.

    To find certified cleaning companies that can help you in this higher standard level of cleaning, disinfection and sanitation check the following links of IJCSA Janitorial Service Directory

    Find Professional Certified Medical Cleaning Firms In Your Area Here

  • 27 May 2020 6:27 PM | Robert Jordan

    Medical cleaning employees and staff should educate themselves on prevention of contamination of bloodborne pathogens. Some ways to stay knowledgeable of preventative methods are by reading the CDC website, OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogen Standard (29 CFR 1910.1030), as well as the Company's Cleaning Policy and Procedure. 

    Some bloodborne pathogens consist of, but are not limited to HIV (Human Immunodifficiency Virus), HBV (Hepatitis B Virus), & HCV (Hepatitis C Virus). These are the most common bloodborne pathogens in which can become deadly once exposed. The reason being is there is no cure, however there is medicine that can contain the spread of the virus. Without proper treatment, these pathogens attack the immune system, ultimately causing organ failure. The CDC website is constantly updated with information on bloodborne pathogens and ways to prevent the spread of such pathogens. OSHA provides information and resources that overall are in place to help keep workers safe from exposure to bloodborne pathogens Employers form their cleaning & prevention policy and procedures based on OSHA's guidelines.

    Remaining educated on ways to prevent exposure to bloodborne pathogens and other disease and infections can ultimately prevent the spread of disease. It is important to take care of your health and be mindful that just because you can't see it, doesn't mean it isn't there. It is also important to stay up to date with policies and procedures since they may change as new pathogens emerge.

  • 27 May 2020 6:07 PM | Paul Duncan

    Is your carpet talking to you but you are not listening? Is it protesting the stench, the stains, the dirt and the many germs hiding inside its fur and you are ignoring it? Well, if you no longer enjoying the softness, warmth, mite-free, dirt free, germ free and sweet smell of natural oils carpet, you need to call the certified members of the IJCSA to restore the estranged relationship between you and your carpet or rug. IJCSA members are professionally trained in green cleaning and in the use of biodegradable eco-friendly products. The certified team at IJCSA are customer friendly, safe, and reasonable with their pricing. You can find certified members at a location near you. Please follow this link:

  • 27 May 2020 5:24 PM | Rodney Collie

    Bloodbone Pathogens comes in many life altering and deadly disease forms, such as Hepatitis Hepatitis B Virus (HBV), Hepatitis C Virus (HCV), and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and knowing the proper steps to take to prevent it is critical.

    Bloodbone Pathogens poses serious threats to the health and well-being of all that come into contact with it and cleaning and janitorial staff who may be expose should be made aware and educated on ways to present exposure to protect life and possible life style changes that may result in the event that they are exposed.

    Employees need to get the required Bloodborne Pathogens Safety Training needed to stay safe and follow OSHA guidelines to ensure safety. Additionally, every organization that employs such cleaning workers should have their SOP in place for employee to follow should exposure exist.  

  • 27 May 2020 5:03 PM | Edita Optaite-Valaitiene

    Cleaning is the process of removing unwanted substances such as dirt, bacteria and so on. Cleaning services provide a specific service to individuals, business and residential premises. If business have no customers satisfied with service then is no business. Customer service is important to business because it's retains  customers and extracts more value from them. Amazon company succeed through focusing on customers: customer firs all the time!

    Cleaning service business is incredibly challenging to provide excellent customer service. Good communication is always a factor of good service. Working and acting in professional way is one of elements to provide excellent customer service.

    It is great to be a member of IJCS association and surround yourself with professionals who know how to accomplish excellent customers service. IJCSA has been training professional online longer than anyone else in the industry. With just one click on IJCSA Business Directory  you can find thousands of professionals who have joined together for the common purpose of providing professionalism in in janitorial and cleaning service.

  • 27 May 2020 4:59 PM | Tchaikovsky Crosley

    Customer Service should be a top priority for any business profession. For the Janitorial and Cleaning Professions it definitely is something that should be of focus. All IJCSA members have taken pride in ensuring that providing excellent customer service is a permanent mainstay within their businesses. IJCSA members value and prioritizes the customers need and wants. This is why the Members of IJCSA are great.

    In the janitorial and cleaning industries good customer service is listening to the customer, providing what they ask for, and always going above and beyond to accomplish task for the client. You should always smile, make eye contact and actually listen. In the cleaning/ janitorial industry you should never become rude with a customer. This is what good customer service is!

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