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  • 29 Nov 2021 9:34 AM | Mireydy Morales

         Implementing medical cleaning into residential & commercial cleaning would be by taking the same precautions steps you would take in medical cleaning about being exposed to blood-borne pathogens, and other harmful germs. As well as using the proper PPE always when cleaning areas in either residential and commercial areas. 
         Since now we know the risks of not being careful when cleaning residential and commercial areas we could contract or come in contact with Blood borne pathogens and harmful germs that may harm our self and other employees in the place you’re cleaning you can also cause cross contamination.
         Another thing we can implement in residential and commercial cleaning is reminding the cleaners to disinfect all tools they use, after cleaning area to avoid cross contaminated from one place to another when going to another home or business to clean
       Also another thing we can implement is use of proper cleaning chemicals to kill the bacterias and viruses that can be found in residential homes and commercial business facilities to help lessen the cross contamination from indirect contact to direct contact .

    If your in need of an residential or commercial cleaning company please go to : https://ijcsa.org/Commercial-Cleaning-Services or  https://ijcsa.org/House-Cleaning-Services  

  • 29 Nov 2021 9:07 AM | Mike Kocher

    The first thing important about janitorial staff is making you business clean, neat and customer ready. Nobody wants to walk into a dirty gross business: 

    In this era of Covid 19, it is also important to make sure your business is not only clean, but sterilized as well. Having a trained staff is extremely important. One who has been trained to keep things safe.

    Janitorial staff can be the unsung heroes of any business. How many times have you gone in a store or office to see gross bathrooms or waiting areas. Let us keep your customers feeling clean and safe. 

    To find a service company check out the vendor link here.

    https://www.ijcsa.org/Find-A-Cleaning-Service-Janitorial-Service

  • 29 Nov 2021 8:49 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. 

  • 29 Nov 2021 8:27 AM | Michael Rucker

    Understanding Bloodborne Pathogens is important for all, especially those who may be exposed through occupations such as medical and janitorial. Following protocol and regular training can prevent the spread of infectious disease and even prevent death. 

    Bloodborne Pathogens training was initially created for hospital staff, however, Janitorial and other staff personnel can be directly affected. Bloodborne Pathogens enter the body through the nasal, mouth or eye canals and can cause serious illness and injury to the human body. 

    If one should become exposed to a Bloodborne Pathogen, it is important to follow the protocol set forth by the employer. Immediate knowledge of exposure and action ensures that both cleaning staff member and employer remain safe and healthy. 

  • 29 Nov 2021 8:08 AM | 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.

    Find Professional Certified Green Cleaning Companies Here

  • 29 Nov 2021 7:12 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.


  • 29 Nov 2021 6:56 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! 


  • 28 Nov 2021 11:19 PM | Guadalupe Gomez

        The primary benefit of Bloodborne Pathogens Training is for the health and safety of your employees.  Any custodial staff that handles sharp bins, biohazard waste, or potentially contaminated objects should know how to protect themselves against - what to do in case of exposure.  Furthermore It is for this reason any employee at risk to exposure to blood and other infectious substances be required to be Bloodborne Pathogen Certified. This Bloodborne Pathogens Certification training ensures your cleaning employees are Qualified to work in this specialized environment.  

         There is four main methods of contacting Bloodborne Pathogens.

    1.  Direct Contact- when infected fluids from one individual enters another individuals body.

    2.  Indirect Contact- happens when infected fluids from a person contaminates a surface or items that another individual will have to interact with.  

    3.  Respiratory Droplet Transmission- when an individual inhales contaminated body fluids from an infected person, for example through infected individuals breath, cough, or by sneezing around you. - Covid

    4.  Vector-Borne Transmission-  when an individuals skin is perforated by an infected source, such as getting a bite from a mosquito carrying malaria.

         It is for these reasons your employees will benefit from the training of Bloodborne Pathogens and they will be able to learn how to minimize the risk of infection against all these transmission methods.

     

  • 28 Nov 2021 10:15 PM | Tiara Lee

    Bloodborne pathogens are microorganisms that are transmitted through the bloodstream. The viruses that cause Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) and Human Immuno- deficiency Virus (HIV) are two examples of bloodborne pathogens. For a bloodborne pathogen to be spread, the bodily fluids of an infected person must enter into the bloodstream of another person. The most common cause

    of transmission in the workplace is when an infected person’s blood enters another person’s bloodstream through an open wound. There are good reasons to provide workers with a safety training program about bloodborne pathogens. First, anybody can be exposed during an accident or even from close contact with someone who has an open sore.  “Each employer (1) shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees; (2) shall comply with occupational safety and health standards promulgated under this Act.”

    (b) “Each employee shall comply with occupational safety and health standards and all rules, regulations, and orders issued pursuant to this Act which are applicable to his own actions and conduct.

  • 28 Nov 2021 10:11 PM | Jacqueline Cupples

    It is more critical now more than ever, with the Covid 19 pandemic, that we take preventative measures when cleaning. Cleaning should be top priority, and with that a thorough plan should be set in place. With a strong plan set in place, both the workplace and the employees  are safe.

    First, we need to understand that bloodborne pathogens are found in a humans blood, vomit, and sometimes saliva that could be harmful if direct contact is made causing serious diseases. These diseases include HIV, HBV, and Hepatitis. We can expose ourselves to these pathogens thru our nose and mouth, but also thru cuts and scrapes on our skin. To prevent ourselves from becoming ill, it is imperative to follow Oshas Universal Precaution, which recommends that blood and certain body fluids from ALL patients be considered potentially infectious and that infection control precautions be taken to minimize the risk of exposure. 

    Some precautions required by my cleaning employees are that they wear proper PPE including a facemask and gloves. Anything containing human fluids are to be places in a red hazardous bad and any needles or sharp items be places in a needle container. Proper disinfecting of the area followed by proper disinfecting and/or disposal of the cleaning tools,  PPE and washing our hands. Strictly following these  few guidelines can minimize the risk of exposure and keepong everyone healthy. 

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