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  • 25 Sep 2022 2:11 PM | Vincent Supernor

    You or your cleaning company can implement medical cleaning practices into other residential and commercial cleaning situations by assuming that all surfaces are a potential exposure. By wearing the same required PPE (personal Protective Equipment) that is recommenced to clean and disinfect hospitals. Wearing a gown, gloves, eye protection will help minimize the risk of you getting an exposure.

    If you are a cleaning crew for a hotel then you should use the same procedure that hospital use for linen cleaning. Put on PPE , gather loose linen and place it in a linen hamper or bag. remove pillow cases slowly, take the linen off the bed by folding the linen from the corners of the bed onto its self. try not to shake or agitate bedding as it will cause germs to be release in the air (airborne). Place all linen in a bag and place at the doorway or trash. Handling linen can be a potential for exposure to OPIM (Other Potentially Infectious Materials) semen, vaginal secretions or any other human body fluid that is visibly contaminated with blood. When you go from room to room to clean make sure you change your PPE every time you switch rooms to help prevent cross contamination. Make sure that you are using EPA approved disinfectants.

    Hepatitis B virus can live and survive on surfaces for one week. If your company uses the same standards as the healthcare standards for cleaning and disinfecting then you are going above and beyond in order to help stop the spread of infection. Make sure that all high touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected (light switches, TV remotes, toilets, door knobs, sinks, etc.) Especially in this time with COVID-19 it is important to make sure that everything that comes in contact with a human being is cleaned and disinfected to the best of your ability.

  • 25 Sep 2022 11:56 AM | Anthony Epps

    The roles of janitorial & custodians are extremely important to upkeep buildings, schools, medical facilities, churches, and much more. Janitors are the reason why people are able to go into a bathroom or building or breakroom and it is smelling and looking clean.  Janitorial services is something that can never be overlooked. The White House as a Janitor, who cleans and keeps the oval office very tidy and clean. Janitors have to be trained and learn proper steps to cleaning a variety of locations within the facility.

    Janitors keep the location spotless and clean for the next day and or shift for oncoming staff who work at the location.  There is many perks in hiring an janitor to maintain the building functions , such the cafeteria, restroom, breakroom, gym, locker room, and so much more. Floor maintenance for stripping, waxing, buffing the floors(VCT) when needed. 

    Training janitors properly and continuous training can improve the janitor's ability to get the job done and have great productivity during their shift. The biggest concern would a dirty and unsanitary environment for people to be in. Especially during these times of uncertainly about COVID-19 and it being noticed that it's on the raise again.  Its very important to have janitors working and trained to serve the public at the highest level . 

    Janitors keep everything organized and tidy, helps others mental health. A individual walks into a dirty locations and makes people take caution due to the look and smell of the location. Versus that same individual walking into other part of the building which is properly clean and tidy puts people in great mental state and good. No janitor and see how your locations look after one week. Janitors are vital to keep the environment clean and organized , which is needed more than ever.

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  • 25 Sep 2022 10:40 AM | Richard Porter

    Every year, numerous Americans are infected with extraordinarily virile infections through healthcare facilities. Proper cleaning and disinfection is crucial for hospitals, medical, and dental offices. The importance of following standards and guidelines, put in place by the CDC, has never been more important.

    With the advent of the Coronavirus, this has been brought to the forefront of many Americans minds. However, properly trained healthcare cleaning professionals have been fighting this battle.for many years. There are numerous standards and practices that need to be followed.

    If you are looking for a healthcare cleaning professional, look no further. Search the IJCSA directory for a certified healthcare cleaner. The standards of training are rigorous and ensure that you get the highest quality professionals available - https://www.ijcsa.org/Janitorial-Service-Directory-Find-A-Janitorial-Service-JanitorialServices

  • 25 Sep 2022 9:07 AM | Victor Collins

    Bloodborne pathogens have been apart of human society since the beginning of time, however I believe now more than ever, knowledge and protocol should be emphasized.  With the world becoming exposed to Covid-19, the handling of these life threatening viruses and diseases could be the difference between another pandemic.

    Being aware about the dangers of bloodborne pathogens could solve a huge portion of contamination's and accidents.  Many people are simply unaware of the risks and therefore do not understand the dangers.  By informing employees who are high risk, accidents can be avoided and could be the difference between life and death.

    Cleaning employees are the unsung heroes! It is important for cleaning employees to understand the risk when dealing with bloodborne pathogens as we are the first line of defense in containing and dealing with potentially life threatening pathogens.  Being well versed in proper clean up and disposal could be the difference between accidentally exposing a family member by improperly disposing of gloves or contaminated work clothes.  

  • 25 Sep 2022 7:28 AM | David Sartin

    With the climate we live in today it is more important than ever to know what Bloodborne Pathogens are, how they may affect you, your family, and the community at large. With so many diseases surfacing in today's world it is of paramount importance for everyone to know what these diseases are and how to properly protect yourself from infection.

    The real danger in Bloodborne Pathogens is blood that has the ability to incubate diseases for extended periods of time. These particles can be absorbed through skin, accidentally injected, or find its way through one of the many open areas of the body like the eyes, nose, mouth and other areas. There are a myriad of other avenues of exposure like bed linens, towels, and handkerchiefs just to name a few.

    It is important to know how to properly clean these areas to prevent infection not just for yourself but also for your family. The last thing you want to do is to bring something in that could cause serious illnesses like HIV or Hepatitis to any member of your family. Our charge is to clean areas and keep them clean and disinfected properly so that not just ourselves and our family's remain safe but the entire community as a whole. Those are the most important reasons that Bloodborne Pathogen training is so crucial.

  • 24 Sep 2022 10:53 PM | Kim Worrell

    Safety is the most important thing when it comes to any work environment and cleaning is no different. When your staff has accurate and adequate information about safety protocols, it minimizes the risk of accidents and injuries. It is important that every employer keeps their employees up to date on health and safety guidelines.

    One of the most common dangers of the cleaning profession are bloodborne pathogens. Bloodborne pathogens are microorganisms in human blood that can cause disease. We can be exposed to these pathogens in many different ways. Some of these possible exposures include making and unmaking beds, doing laundry, cleaning bathrooms and other areas with bodily fluids, doing dishes, and much more. Laundry can often have items that are hidden and can cut your hands or fingers when you pick it up. It is important to wear protective gloves when doing laundry or handling soiled linens. Another reason to wear gloves is because you never know what fluids may come in contact with your hands. 

    If you ever think you have come in contact with a bloodborne pathogen, or you incur an injury on the job, always let your supervisor know immediately. If you are bleeding, always remove yourself from your work area to tend to your wound. Employees must always change their gloves and wash hands thoroughly before returning to work after handling any possible exposures. The universal precaution is that every patient is assumed infected to minimize risk. 

  • 24 Sep 2022 8:19 PM | Robert&Tammy Harris

      Pure Green Janitorial is IJCSA Green Cleaning Certified! What does that mean for you? It gives you confidence that when you pay for a green cleaning service you are getting a company that has the knowledge to protect you, your buildings and your occupants, providing you with the best value. Pure Green Janitorial understands the vast benefits of using green cleaning, that's why we only provide green cleaning to our customers. We make it easy for you to make a positive impact on the environment and possibly impress your boss, improve your public image, reduce your footprint, increase your bottom line and more.

      At Pure Green Janitorial we use smart routes to clean facilities using the least amount of gas. We also strive to be a zero landfill company or as close to it as possible. We use cleaning tools and equipment that provide longevity and less chemicals (such as eco floor scrubbers and rags that allow us to clean glass/mirrors with just water). When purchasing cleaning chemicals we consider packaging, third party certification, pollution in manufacturing process (i.e. toxic by products), and can it be 100% recycled once empty.

      Employees are trained to use eco-friendly practices by not overusing chemicals and folding rags to get maximum amount of use, which means fewer loads of laundry, detergent and less water. Employees also have access at each location to a set of clean cards that are specific to each location. These clean cards cover what chemicals to use where along with the proper equipment and procedures for each area. This helps ensure consistent cleaning in case a new or seasoned cleaner forgets something they don't have to guess. It also helps a supervisor or floater that has not been to that account in a while.

      Pure Green Janitorial continuously monitors and updates any and all aspects of our green program when improvements are made to chemicals, equipment, and cleaning practices.

      Pure Green Janitorial will always strive to exceed and redefine the norm.

  • 24 Sep 2022 6:38 PM | Benjamin Lewis

    Medical cleaning practices can be used in the practice of cleaning everyday items such as bathrooms and trash cans.  How many people spit into trash cans?  This makes a potentially hazardous material that you could come into contact with.  Think of CoViD19 and the potential for it to spread.

    Now wearing PPE and a mask makes more sense in your day to day actives.  Not using gloves and a mask isn't such a big deal.  Now keeping hands washed and gloves on seems much more valuable.  Unfortunately the risk has always been this high, we are just now taking it seriously.

    Using Medical Cleaning Practices in our day to day activities in the only way we are going to get back to a normal life.  Stores must implement new policies and procedures to deal with this silent enemy that is upon us.

    I plan to use TwinOxide brand Chlorine Dioxide, a hospital grade disinfectant to use in residential applications.  Studies show it can kill pathogens in air at a concentration around 0.05 ppm or less.  This means we can bring the same level of disinfection you expect at the ER operating room, right into the home.  There is no reason these procedures wouldn't work to help reduce the spread of harmful pathogens that may cause disease.

  • 24 Sep 2022 5:04 PM | Anonymous member

    Properly cleaning healthcare facilities is extremely important. A healthcare facility is generally a place where people who are sick or have a health problem go to be treated and with that it is essential to properly clean the facility to avoid patients from getting sick. Viruses, bacteria’s and other pathogens are going to enter the facility and disinfecting/cleaning everything correctly can eliminate those pathogens. Healthcare associated infections can make a patient sicker that what they first went into the hospital.

    Hospitals are supposed to be one of the cleanest places but in the other hand it also contains a lot of germs from people who are going in sick. In a hospital there is always people who are touching everything from doorknobs to light switches and if this is not properly clean daily the germs and viruses can become a problem.  Proper training will help identify high traffic areas and with that proper cleaning/disinfecting techniques.

    Having a trained cleaning crew will be of great benefit it will give you a peace of mind knowing that your crew have the knowledge to clean efficiently a healthcare facility.  IJCSA is a great association that offers trainings and with that you can be certain that you get a great cleaning company. Check out https://www.ijcsa.org/Janitorial-Service-Directory-Find-A-Janitorial-Service-JanitorialServices to find a certified company.


  • 24 Sep 2022 2:29 PM | Erica Winder

    In order to obtain the Green Cleaning Certification, it is necessary that you look for a certifying company or association. We, at Win Services, recommend the International Janitorial Cleaning Services Association (www.ijcsa.org). Certification in Green Cleaning which brings our company a unique opportunity and a fundamental role in the dissemination of concepts and in the practical demonstration of how to conduct daily activities in a sustainable way. We are aware that conventional cleaning products often contain petrochemicals, solvents, acidic or corrosive components. After the adhesion of our company to Green Cleaning, we are much more satisfied with the results, as today we have an increase in product durability, product profitability, reduction of pollution on the planet, reduction in waste generation, faster and more efficient processes.

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