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  • 15 Oct 2021 10:22 AM | Erica Winder

    In order to obtain the Green Cleaning Seal, 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 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.

    Find Professional Certified Green Cleaning Companies Here


  • 15 Oct 2021 8:39 AM | Nicholas Anderson

    Bloodborne pathogens are a serious concern for cleaning employees and staff.  It’s important that all cleaning personnel understand what bloodborne pathogens are, what hazards they possess, how to prevent exposure and the procedures for post exposure.  Bloodborne pathogens include viruses like HBV, HCV, HIV and OPIMs.  These disease can be transferred through blood and bodily fluids.  It’s greatly important that cleaning employees and staff understand the importance of these hazards.

    OSHA has created bloodborne pathogen standards that guides employers on how to implement control measures, universal precautions, hazard communication and recordkeeping.  Work practices should be explained to the employees and enforcement of the procedures should be a top priority.  Understanding the importance of using PPE, disinfectants and the post-exposure steps are critical in those working in facilities that have possible contact with bloodborne pathogens.

    Employers must implement a safety program where the staff and employees understand and follow the rules for working with bloodborne pathogens.  They must wear the proper PPE, use the appropriate cleaning products and equipment when working in these facilities.  The importance of understanding bloodborne pathogens is to enforce precautionary measures to prevent exposure.   


  • 15 Oct 2021 8:37 AM | Dave Harting

         Green cleaning in the workplace is an important part of caring for a business. In order to achieve a good green cleaning program, we as a company can focus on reviewing the chemicals contained in certain cleaning products and making sure they are not harmful to employees and the environment. We can make the gradual transfer into green cleaning by replacing some cleaning supplies with green versions of them that have the same quality of performance. 

          In addition to buying these green products, the company can replace any harmful products currently used when indoors. Keeping areas clean--even the smallest places--with natural substances will reduce the amount of toxicity in the air. Putting these natural products to use will be very important to making a green atmosphere. By doing this, we can add to the transition into a green cleaning program. 

          Being mindful of how certain cleaning products will affect the atmosphere and those inside the building is why Crystal Clean will implement an excellent green cleaning plan. They keep their clients and employees safe and take caution with certain cleaning products. Because of this, they are proud to be green cleaning certified.

  • 15 Oct 2021 8:03 AM | anthony reed

    Doing work as an EVS employee throughout the casino industries showed me how important it is understand and utilize great customer service skills. working in that type of environment i've come to notice that you encounter different people everyday and majority will always have an issue or complaint about the property, and knowing that it is our jobs to take care of the guest and help with a solution to give the guest an exciting experience while visiting the property. The IJCSA Customer Service Training Course helped me to understand these grey areas and also helped me connect with guest to better their needs and to properly handle different situations that may occur during their stay. This course is designed to provide us who are apart of the IJCSA a more professional outlook when in communication with a guest as well as how to approach and identify certain issues that are brought to you. The importance of this tool is to learn how to tend to the needs of all customers and guest when engaged, and keep consistency there on after. This Customer Service Certification Course along with many has helped me become a way better employer/employee to provide better service for our many guests and clients, and with the knowledge gained from this training I will put a smile on repeat, engage with eye contact to let them know they have your attention, empathize by asking questions related to their issues and solve problems while providing clarity. IJCSA provides everything for you and your needs.

  • 15 Oct 2021 7:58 AM | Leon Williams

    Bloodborne pathogens are microorganisms present in human blood and bodily fluids that can lead to dangerous diseases in those who come into contact with them. Types of bloodborne pathogens include: HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C. 

    Those in the cleaning field are especially at risk for coming into contact with bloodborne pathogens since they may be tasked with cleaning up and sanitizing areas where bodily fluids were present. 

    OSHA (The Occupational Safety and Health Administration) has created industry standards which help employers and employees create a plan to remain safe on the job. By understanding the dangers of bloodborne pathogens and adhering to OSHA guidelines, employees can decrease their risk of exposure and do their jobs safely and effectively.

  • 15 Oct 2021 7:16 AM | Vincent Supernor

    Germs and viruses are common in every workplace. Every time you touch your desk, phone, door knob, keys etc. you are coming in contact with germs. there are different ways that germs can be spread. Direct contact infections spread when disease-causing microorganisms pass from the infected person to the healthy person via direct physical contact with blood or body fluids. Indirect contact transmission occurs when there is no direct human-to-human contact. Contact occurs from a reservoir to contaminated surfaces or objects, or to vectors such as mosquitoes,flies, mites, fleas, ticks, rodents or dogs. Wiping down high touch surfaces will help prevent the spread of germs and viruses. Practicing good hygiene will help prevent the spread. Practices that are generally considered proper hygiene include showering or bathing regularly, washing hands regularly (for 20 seconds or more)and especially before handling food, washing scalp hair, keeping hair short or removing hair, wearing clean clothing, brushing teeth, cutting finger nails, besides other practices. Germs and viruses are in every workplace. Bacteria counts are lowest at the beginning of the workday (because offices are often cleaned overnight), but it doesn't take long for germs to show up for work, too. As the day ramps up and more people touch more surfaces, the risk of coming in contact with bacteria goes up. there is no way to completely avoid germs and or viruses. you just have to do your best to prevent getting and spreading them.

    Learn More About Bloodborne Pathogens Here

  • 15 Oct 2021 6:04 AM | Erica Winder

    Conventional cleaning products often contain petrochemicals, solvents, acidic, caustic or corrosive components. After going down the drain, these elements can and do contaminate aquatic ecosystems, including the animals that live there and that can later be consumed by people. They unbalance the entire ecosystem and generate problems that are irreparable. The damage caused affects all life on the planet.

    In addition, the contact with the conventional products, or with the residues left by them in the environment, can cause allergies in people with greater sensitivity or respiratory problems, such as rhinitis, sinusitis and bronchitis.

    On the other hand, sustainable cleaning products are those that do not harm or minimally impact the environment. They are biodegradable and free from harmful chemicals such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), sodium lauryl ether sulfate (SLES) and linear alkibezene sulfate.

    The use of natural green cleaning cleaning products helps to combat results that negatively impact the health of people and the entire ecosystem of the planet.


  • 14 Oct 2021 11:32 PM | Lane Johnston

    How You Can Implement Medical Cleaning Practices Into Other Residential & Commercial Cleaning Situations

    Medical Cleaning Practices are a valuable tool to help protect people from harmful bacteria, germs, and viruses.  These practices include (but are not limited to) things such as practicing Universal Precautions, wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), and understanding how to mitigate cross contamination.

    Most of the methods and practices used in Medical Cleaning can be applied to residential and commercial cleaning situations.  For example, having a color-coded system that indicates to the janitorial staff what towels are to be used for which areas works just as well in offices and residential areas as medical facilities.  This can help mitigate the chances of cross contamination, or taking germs from one area (say a bathroom) and spreading them to another (general office areas). 

    Another useful practice in medical cleaning that should be implemented in residential and commercial cleaning is the proper use of PPE.  Just as janitors and cleaning staff should use a separate pair of gloves in each medical patient’s room, the same should be applied to all restrooms in office buildings and residential homes.  This will only help lower the chances of spreading germs from one place to another. 

    Bloodborne Pathogens can be encountered in commercial and residential cleaning situations just like in medical facilities.  It may not be as common, but the training and practice of taking Universal Precautions is still important when it comes to cleaning non-medical spaces.

    A great line of defense against bacteria, germs, & viruses is a well-trained janitorial company.  To find one in your area, please visit the IJCSA Janitorial Service Directory here. 


  • 14 Oct 2021 8:11 PM | 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! 


  • 14 Oct 2021 6:37 PM | Paige Casler

    Implementing medical cleaning and sanitization practices into residential or commercial cleaning could greatly benefit the world. By taking the risk of spreading bad germs, bacteria and viruses the population would see a decrease of infectious deaths.

    By following proper hand sanitization and PPE for people who are sick or coming into contact with people who are sick or contagious the world could avoid outbreaks of disease and viruses. For example H1N1. How was it spread so vastly and quickly? By people who were infected, some even knowing they were, and still going into public. Either because they had no choice or because they didn't know. 

    Implementing medical cleaning to other areas could greatly reduce diseases being wide spread and possibly even spread at all in the future. Businesses would know the correct way to prevent the infection as well as stop it from spreading. By following the proper protocols they wouldn't have to worry about bringing it home to their family/friends and they wouldn't have to worry about customers either contracting it or bringing it in and spreading it. 

    Along with understanding the proper protocols of cleaning and sanitization of residential places and commercial areas people being made aware of using PPE and the correct order to put it on could also help to keep residential and commercial businesses from contracting or spreading diseases, viruses and germs. 

    To find more information click the link below - 

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

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