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  • 24 Sep 2022 9:12 AM | Jaqua Lawson

    Knowledge of bloodborne pathogens is crucial for those working in the healthcare field. Proper education will help you from getting sick. For example, you should always treat any bodily fluids as contaminated. This means that wearing protective gear is a must.

    It is also important to know how to clean up after potentially infectious substances in the correct way. While wearing PPE, you should disinfect with proper chemicals and dispose of items in proper containers. Mishandling of hazardous materials is a great way to get sick and/or fired.

    Knowing what to do if you get exposed is just as vital as prevention. Thoroughly clean the exposed area and contact your supervisor right away! Follow the guidelines given to you. Finally, learn from this accident to ensure it does not happen again.

  • 24 Sep 2022 8:48 AM | Eric Lane

    Janitorial work can be very dangerous when it comes to cleaning up hazardous materials in the workplace. You can come in contact with bloodborne pathogens directly and indirectly by touching , and  they may travel through the air when cleaning various surfaces around the workplace. Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV can be knowingly and unknowingly on surfaces around the workplaces. You and others can transport viruses from one surface to another and effect yourself and others. By not protecting yourself when cleaning and removing unwanted stains and germs from surfaces.

    Here are a few things that we should be aware of to protect ourselves and others from having bloodborne pathogens affecting our bodies. Wearing the right gear protects our body and may help keep us from transporting dangerous viruses to other places. Wearing gloves, goggles, facemask, smocks, and protective  shoes coverings can help keep us safe from getting blood-borne pathogens in our systems. We must make sure that we dispose of our protective gear or sanitize it properly for reuse to keep us safe too. Removing trash can be dangerous even though it seems very simple. Sharp objects, broken glass, needles are just some of things that may be in trash unknowingly. Hazardous waste also may be in  trash bins unknowingly to. Always handled trash bags and receptacles as if they contain sharp objects and or hazardous waste. You may not have to put them in a hazardous waste bin but handle bags accordingly you cannot always be able to tell the contents of a bag or a receptacle. After the use of equipment always make sure you sanitize your equipment including yourself. Do not leave equipment dirty and unsanitized for the next person or yourself. Hazardous bloodborne pathogens may be on equipment or even on your body from cleaning surfaces. To protect yourself and others make sure you dispose of properly gloves and other materials that are disposable that have came in contact with surfaces that are being cleaned. They may have hazardous materials on them you could not see when cleaning. Sanitize yourself as well you do not want to bring home any germ or viruses.

    This is just a few things to keep in mind when you're’ cleaning in the workplace. We don’t always know what is on the services of the areas that we are cleaning. Blood-borne pathogen’s is something that we should be aware of that they can be lurking on any surface anywhere at any time protect yourself. When we constantly take the steps to protect ourselves from bloodborne pathogens it becomes muscle memory and easy to do. It keeps us and others around us healthy and safe.

  • 24 Sep 2022 8:02 AM | Ana Malone

    It is extremely important for cleaning employees to be aware of the risk that comes from bloodborne pathogens. Cleaning staff could come into contact with many forms of bodily fluids that have the possibility of spreading disease. There is a possibility to infect themselves and many others by not properly handling situations where bloodborne pathogens could be a risk. Cleaning staff should always use universal precautions.

    Even if a particular cleaning staff member would not usually be expected to come into contact with a bloodborne pathogen, they should have the proper training to be able to handle the situation and reduce the chances of anyone contracting a bloodborne pathogen whenever possible.

    Bloodborne pathogens training can help employees to be aware of the risk and to use universal precautions by wearing proper PPE and following all established safety protocols. Without training employees may not be aware of the risks and that could lead to many people being at risk to be infected by a bloodborne pathogen that could have otherwise been avoided.

  • 24 Sep 2022 7:21 AM | Kamala Waller

    It is very important to clean all facilities; residential and commercial the same way as healthcare facilities.  In actuality some of the same people are going and coming in residential area and commercial facilities as well as healthcare facilities.   Meaning the same people are spreading the same germs and viruses as people in healthcare facilities.

     Whether a person knows it or not they are spreading germs to other people.  Therefore, using the same training and cleaning techniques are mandatory when it comes to cleaning either facility.  IJCSA have plenty of training for all types of facilities, just look at the link provided:

    You can implement medical cleaning practices into other residential and commercial cleaning situations by using medical grade products; therefore you can be certain all facilities are getting the same type of cleaning and disinfectant.

  • 24 Sep 2022 7:16 AM | Richard Porter

    In many environments that we provide janitorial services, it is highly likely that we will come into contact with blood soiled products during the normal course of our duties. From industrial settings to office settings, normal everyday accidents occur. Aside from accidents, there are employees with medical conditions that require the use of needles. All of these situations increase the risk of exposure to blood.

    Proper training is the only way to ensure employees in the field are prepared to deal with these hazards and accidents. There are standards and best practices to follow when coming into contact with a bloodborne pathogen. Proper training ensures that employees understand how to clean, disinfect, and dispose of material.

    Trash should not be manually compressed due to possible hazards from sharp materials. OSHA standards require that all blood-soiled material be disposed of in a red biohazard bad. Sharps should be disposed of in a puncture resistant container. Following these standards, and protocols, will help ensure the safest possible work environment.

  • 23 Sep 2022 11:10 PM | Akef Witt

    Protecting the world population and world from harmful chemicals is very important to me as a cleaner because I have the platform to change the way certain techniques are done. Sometimes when I clean with strong products, I have to air out the house to get rid of the strong odors that chemicals produce.

    Sea quality can be improved with the little things we do like avoiding plastics, disposing of things that can harm the environment properly, not flushing chemicals down the drain and so much more. If we took a closer look into a simple microfiber cloth being disposed into a landfill and its affects, just that one action would open your mind about prevention.

    Every person should only perform Natural Green Cleaning because it has the same cleaning effects that name brand store products have, just without the harsh chemicals. Meaning you can get the same effective rate as a chemical with a natural cleaner, the only difference is time and how long you may need to let sit and disinfect.

    Natural Green Cleaning can improve your home by making it safer, purer air quality, it can protect your health, help the environment, help you save money, make cleaning easier, know knowledge about products, and use the knowledge you learned and create your own products. Sometimes these cleaning store products are just a name and don't have the same effect as 2 natural chemicals mixing and becoming an acid base reaction for cleaning. Trust me Baking soda, and Vinegar will clean everything, vinegar will also clean your window, baking soda will clean your toilets, and sinks brand new and salt and vinegar will clean any carpet stains, and your home will still be ecofriendly. GO GREEN!

  • 23 Sep 2022 10:19 PM | Lawrence Ball

    Most medical cleaning practices can be used in almost any other application. There are designated levels of cleaning and disinfecting that set a MINIMUM standard for different types of facilities and/or properties. Although a residential property may require a lower level of protection against infectious diseases in comparison to a medical facility, execution is just as important.

    Most homes may not have much foot traffic or many visitors on a daily basis creating a lower level of risk. However, rental properties such as Air Bnb’s are becoming more and more popular throughout resulting in a much higher amount of people passing in and out of the homes at a much higher capacity regularly. This increases the risk of infection dramatically and increases the demand for a higher level of protection than normal.

    Another example would be use of PPE. In a medical setting, the proper PPE is required always, while a residential or retail setting may not have the same requirements.

    As good practice, it is recommended that items such as gloves and protective eyewear be worn during ANY cleaning or disinfecting to reduce risk of harm, infection, and/or cross-contamination.

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  • 23 Sep 2022 9:32 PM | Jessica Laurindo

    Advantages Of Going Green To The Customers

    • Cost-effective products: Green products last longer than conventional products. Moreover, these products consume less energy and other resources thus reducing the bills of the users. For example, Solar speakers can last for 10 hours just by charging with solar energy.
    • Low maintenance: If operated responsibly and maintained properly, the green products result in low maintenance costs. Take green buildings, for example. They market themselves not only for being environmentally friendly but also for less operational costs.
    • Improves health: Since eco-friendly products are made from materials that are free from harmful chemicals and components, they not only improve physical but also mental health. In green buildings, large windows are installed which allows healthy and fresh air along with natural lighting in abundance. It improves mental health and reduces stress

  • 23 Sep 2022 9:31 PM | Jessica Laurindo

    A green product is a sustainable product designed to minimize its environmental impacts during its whole life-cycle and even after it’s of no use.

    Green products are usually identified by having two basic goals – reducing waste and maximizing resource efficiency. They are manufactured using toxic-free ingredients and environmentally-friendly procedures and are certified by recognized organizations like Energy star, Forest Stewardship Council, etc.

  • 23 Sep 2022 9:19 PM | Jessica Laurindo
    • Safer for the Environment. Green cleaning products are naturally derived, non-toxic, and biodegradable, meaning they have less impact on the environment. ...
    • Safer for You and Your Family's Health. ...
    • Safer for the Little Ones. ...
    • Better Air Quality. ...
    • Cost Effectiveness. ...
    • Better Ingredients Awareness.

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