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  • 04 Jun 2023 11:12 AM | Cindy Scott

    Cleaning your carpet can be a very daunting task. It is very important to use the right cleaners for your carpet and the right cleaners for any stains that you may have. Keeping it clean is an important determining factor as to how long your carpet will last.

    An IJCSA carpet certified member has been trained on what cleaning solutions to use and when. They have also been trained on techniques to getting your carpets cleaned. At IJCSA we take pride in the quality of our work. Because of their training you will get results that you will be happy with and on top of that having your carpets cleaned correctly will save you money in the long run because your carpet will last much longer. 

  • 04 Jun 2023 10:06 AM | Joseph Albergo

    As a green cleaning certified business I now highly recommend as much green cleaning as possible. The health benefits are worth almost any price compared to the toxicity of commonly used products. Hazardous chemicals just isn't worth that clean smell or using name brand products that one us accustomed to using.

    Our business is now going to be prioritizing green cleaning over any other form. We are currently researching the proper natural ways to replace many of our cleaning supplies. After becoming green cleaning certified ,we have all the proper knowledge to do so. All that's left is to update the business side of things.

    Our marketing is going to focus on healthier ways to do things and convincing the client's to feel the same way that we do. With all the information learned in IJCSA Green Cleaning Certification it shouldn't be difficult at all to do so. Green cleaning is the future of cleaning.

  • 04 Jun 2023 8:35 AM | Cheryl De Jesus

    Knowledge is power, therefore, it is of utmost importance that cleaning employees have the information necessary on how to deal with microorganisms that have the potential to cause disease.  Imagine coming across a contaminated needle in the bed linens and not knowing what to do!  Thankfully, we have training that can provide employees with education and an exposure plan, so they know exactly what to do.

    Protection of self: When an employee is educated about bloodborne pathogens, they can protect themselves and decrease the chances of getting sick.  By knowing about PPE, universal precautions, how to handle bed linens, needles, spills, etc.. they can respond appropriately, notify their doctor and supervisor, and take action that may prevent disease.

    Protection of others:  Knowing about bloodborne pathogens not only protects the employee, but protects everyone else.  When an employee knows how to use proper cleaning practices, this reduces the risk for everyone else; including coworkers, visitors, patients, etc. This creates a safer, healthier workplace for everyone.

  • 04 Jun 2023 7:32 AM | Joseph Albergo

    Bloodborne pathogens can be extremely infectious to humans and can cause some serious, permanent damage in some cases. Preventing yourself and the general public from exposure to these pathogens should be a top priority, especially to all those people in the cleaning industry.

     As a commercial cleaner and housekeeper, exposure to these pathogens may not cross ones mind very often, if at all; but in reality the presence and exposure of these pathogens may be more likely than you think. Dentist's offices, doctor's offices, schools and other places that may house needles or bodily fluids may contain traces of these sometimes life threatening micro-organisms.

    If one is employed as a cleaner or owns a cleaning business, being educated in bloodborne pathogens, implementing universal precautions, and protective practices can literally be life saving. For housekeepers and cleaners, especially with medical clients, not only is this knowledge important, it's their responsibility and duty.

  • 03 Jun 2023 11:26 PM | Mary Ram

    I have been in the cleaning field for twenty years ,  over time I have built my career as a cleaning professional I have made great strides  in my cleaning career through dedication and hard work I have built a great clientele base over the years whom I value you greatly and attribute for my greater success . I am OCD a germophobic by nature my instinct is clean , I am a strong innovative cleaner that knows how to bust through and remove grime , always a front runner in safety for me and my clients .I am a  detail oriented cleaner  and  have exceptional organizing techniques as well as design I always follow through with a showroom finish on every cleaning job I complete .

    I was a young single mother my only skill at the time was being a mom and homemaker working endless jobs to make ends meet while attending classes  and paying my way through college I worked hotels and other no end jobs barely making ends meet then I discovered I could clean on my own I landed a new construction contract through my fathers long time best friend it didn't take long until the money started flowing in I have been building different avenues ever since cleaning residential ,  commercial ,  and new construction .

      I can honestly say the last five years have been my best growth and strongest clientele base I ever had I have built my growth through strong customer service skills dedication and hard work has gained me great PR  word of mouth and referrals through past and current clients is what has created my biggest growth thus far  . My clients are  people that I have grown to love knowing and caring for their needs for so many years some more recent than others  I consider them friends as well as an extension of family when you are working for the same costumers throughout the years would be hard not too in my opinion  . Up until a few months ago I was very confident within my skill and experience as a cleaning professional to clean and disinfect for my clients keeping them safer every clean giving extra protection through the cold and flu season then Covid - 19 came , when I realized  how serious the pandemic was I suspended business immediately even before the state started shutting down I knew this virus was bigger than anything I had ever experienced . My instinct was to immediately start looking for more astringent PPE for proper protection for my personal protection as well as my clients protection I immediately thought to seek training and certification for bio hazard cleaning  did a quick search online and found IJCSA I was navigating the website and found I could get certified in biohazard cleaning but first I would have to get certified in hazardous chemicals customer service , residential cleaning specialist  then move on to bio hazard cleaning certification  IJCSA also has many other certifications available . I have had a lot of fun taking these refresher course study for these certifications has reminded me of the importance of chemical safety and the different resources out their for us professionals .

    For me the key advantages of hiring a cleaning professional that has passed the IJCSA RCS Certification is for safety professionalism  and good cleaning performance providing a better experience when hiring a house cleaner . hiring  a IJCSA RCS Certified cleaner advantages in safety is a front runner in this dangerous time with Covid - 19 looming in my opinion is a must for a cleaning professional to train for safety in all aspects IJCSA RCS Certified cleaners certify in bloodborne pathogens , hazardous chemical , cleaning skill and safety definitely is an advantage for you to insure to your clients you are ready and qualified for the job moving forward .

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  • 03 Jun 2023 9:48 PM | Vivian Babatunde

              In any environment where there is potential exposure to blood or bodily fluids, such as healthcare facilities, laboratories, or even public spaces, it is crucial for cleaning employees and staff to have a solid understanding of bloodborne pathogens. Bloodborne pathogens are microorganisms that can cause diseases when transmitted through contact with infected blood or other bodily fluids. These pathogens include viruses like HIV and hepatitis B and C. Therefore, comprehensive knowledge about bloodborne pathogens is essential for cleaning personnel to protect themselves, prevent the spread of infections, and ensure the safety of everyone in the vicinity.

        First and foremost, educating cleaning employees and staff about bloodborne pathogens promotes their own safety and well-being. These workers often come into direct contact with potentially contaminated materials, such as used syringes, bandages, or other waste products. By understanding the risks associated with bloodborne pathogens and learning proper infection control measures, cleaning personnel can effectively protect themselves from exposure. They can learn about using personal protective equipment (PPE), such as gloves, masks, and gowns, as well as the correct techniques for handling and disposing of hazardous materials. This knowledge empowers them to take necessary precautions and minimizes the chances of contracting serious infections.

        Secondly, cleaning employees and staff who are knowledgeable about bloodborne pathogens play a crucial role in preventing the spread of infections. Their work involves cleaning and disinfecting various surfaces, equipment, and facilities that may be contaminated. By understanding the modes of transmission and the importance of thorough cleaning, they can effectively eliminate pathogens and reduce the risk of infection for others. Cleaning protocols, such as using appropriate disinfectants and following proper decontamination procedures, become second nature to well-informed employees. Their expertise ensures that potential sources of infections are addressed, creating a safer and healthier environment for everyone.

       Lastly, by being educated about bloodborne pathogens, cleaning employees and staff contribute to the overall safety of the community. Their role extends beyond their immediate workspace, as they are often responsible for maintaining cleanliness in public areas, schools, and other shared facilities. By understanding the risks associated with bloodborne pathogens, they can implement preventive measures that reduce the likelihood of outbreaks or the spread of infectious diseases. Their knowledge enables them to identify potential hazards, report any incidents, and take appropriate actions promptly. This proactive approach to infection control helps protect the health and well-being of the general public.

    In conclusion, the importance of cleaning employees and staff knowing about bloodborne pathogens cannot be overstated. Comprehensive knowledge empowers them to protect themselves, prevent the spread of infections, and ensure the safety of everyone in the vicinity. By understanding the risks, using proper precautions, and implementing effective cleaning protocols, these individuals play a vital role in maintaining a safe and healthy environment. Their expertise not only safeguards their own well-being but also contributes to the overall well-being of the community they serve.

  • 03 Jun 2023 8:07 PM | Samantha Webber

    Knowing and treating everything as being contagious is key for anyone doing any kind of cleaning. When your going into to clean an office or any other type of facility without the proper training causes you to run the risk of contracting the infection or infections. 
    With proper training you learn how to deal with the different types of bloodborne pathogens and learn the particular laws and the proper compliance procedures to keep yourself safe from any form of transmission.

    With proper training of you and or your employees it gives the greater awareness of the common bloodborne diseases such as hepB, hepC, HIV/AIDS, malaria, syphillis, and brucellosis.

    When your training about these different pathogens you also need to cover how it’s transmitted because the training of the BPC it’s also important to explain the importance of how it’s transmitted and explain that it can be through blood or other bodily fluids such as blood, saliva,semen,vaginal secretions.

    Then explain that these fluids can enter the body of a he uninfected person through these ways as mucus membranes, cuts,bites,abrasions, and also needle sticks.

    There needs to be a plan in place for a manual of control plans, procedure, PPE, and the post exposure and what to do. 

  • 03 Jun 2023 5:24 PM | Joseph Albergo

    Many people underestimate the harmful effects associated with everyday cleaning products. With all of the marketing backed behind these name brand products one would assume that they're relatively safe. This is the farthest from the truth. Touching or inhaling most of these products is extremely dangerous. 

    These dangers are presented as warning on the labels but the marketing of these products gives an illusion of safety. Many companies also greenwash their products. Greenwashing is a deceptive marketing technique used to fool the customer into believing that there product is natural when it's not.

    Most products such as oven cleaners, detergents, furniture polish, drain cleaner and all purpose cleaners contain many toxic, hazardous chemicals. All these cleaners can be extremely harmful to anyone using or in the general vicinity. Some negative effects include irritation to skin and eyes, along with respiratory issues. Green cleaning products don't have many of the same downfalls and almost all of the benefits.

    The implementation of green cleaning products is important now more than ever. Many cleaning business are now including green cleaning in their repertoire of cleaning services. Some of these said business can be found here Green Cleaning Service Directory. These businesses can work with a customer to create a green cleaning schedule that's safe for the whole family including animals.

    Green cleaning is one of the most important things a client or cleaning business should be aware of. The health benefits are insurmountable vs the possible higher cost of the service. Any cleaning business or client should now see the massive benefits in green cleaning and hiring a knowledgeable green cleaning certified service found here at the IJCSA.

  • 03 Jun 2023 3:16 PM | Kia Dotton

    It is extremely important for employees and staff to know and understand the importance of Bloodborne pathogens. Knowing how to use universal precautions by assuming all bloodborne pathogens are infected by performing protective practices, keeps employees and staff safe. All staff and employees benefit from knowing the proper procedures to clean and disinfect the contaminated area. Having the the proper training and knowledge of who to contact when exposed to bloodborne pathogens could be the difference between life and death.

    Diseases that can be found in bloodborne pathogens, include, but are not limited to: Hepatitis B (HBV) and Human Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV).  These pathogenic microorganism can be exposed to the human body through, mucous membrane. This is why universal precautions should always be used when handling bloodborne pathogens, assuming it is contaminated to avoid possible spread and exposure of any possible diseases. 

    Protective practices like wearing PPE, having and using color coded labeling of bags and bins, and disinfecting any tools used to disinfect the area, helps to avoid any careless acts of spreading the bloodborne pathogens outside of the contained area. After removing gloves, hands should be washed immediately. Employees and staff all should be aware that if they believe they have been exposed, immediately contact their supervisor and physician.  

    Having the training and knowledge of how to properly handle bloodborne pathogens is a very important part of cleaning and should always be handled properly by cleaning staff and employees.  We come in contact with these situations more often than most. Not knowing how to handle bloodborne pathogens could be detrimental to the employee and staff’s health.  

  • 03 Jun 2023 1:52 PM | Andrew Surma

    As commercial and residential cleaning companies play a crucial role in maintaining cleanliness and sanitation in various settings, their employees are at the forefront of potential exposure to bloodborne pathogens. These microorganisms, such as hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), can pose serious health risks to employees who come into contact with blood or other bodily fluids during their cleaning duties. To safeguard the well-being of these employees and prevent the spread of bloodborne pathogens, comprehensive education and strict adherence to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) best practices for bloodborne pathogen precautions are of paramount importance.

    OSHA has established guidelines that emphasize the importance of education and training to create awareness among employees about the risks associated with bloodborne pathogens and how to prevent exposure. Proper education ensures that employees understand the modes of transmission, symptoms of bloodborne pathogen-related illnesses, and the necessary precautions to mitigate risks.

    One of the critical aspects of bloodborne pathogen education is the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and safe work practices. Employees must be trained on the correct usage of PPE, such as gloves, face shields, and gowns, while handling potentially contaminated materials or cleaning up blood or bodily fluids. They should also be educated on the appropriate disposal of contaminated materials and the importance of frequent hand hygiene. Adhering to these safe work practices minimizes the risk of exposure and protects the health and safety of employees.

    In addition to education and proper use of PPE, regular training and updates are crucial to ensure that employees stay informed about the latest guidelines and best practices for bloodborne pathogen safety. This includes staying updated on changes in regulations, understanding new cleaning protocols, and being aware of emerging bloodborne pathogen-related risks.

    Compliance with bloodborne pathogen precautions not only safeguards the health and safety of employees but also prevents potential legal and financial liabilities for cleaning companies. Failure to comply with OSHA regulations can result in severe penalties and fines, as well as lawsuits in case of employee exposure and resulting illnesses. Therefore, investing in comprehensive bloodborne pathogen education and training programs is not only an ethical responsibility but also a smart business decision.

    In conclusion, bloodborne pathogen education and precautions are vital for employees of commercial or residential cleaning companies to protect their health and safety in the workplace. Compliance with OSHA guidelines, including proper use of PPE, safe work practices, regular training, and staying updated on the latest regulations, is imperative to minimize the risks of exposure and prevent the spread of bloodborne pathogens. Employers must prioritize providing thorough education and training programs to their employees to ensure their well-being, prevent legal liabilities, and maintain a safe work environment. By doing so, we can create a safer and healthier working environment for all employees in the cleaning industry.

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