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  • 05 Dec 2023 4:49 PM | Benjamin Lewis

    Below are four reasons you should consider a certified commercial cleaner

    1) Education- they know what they are doing. The education requirement to become a IJCSA certified residential cleaner is quite a bit for most people.  This education is easier for some than others is focused around chemical safety, heath considerations, proper PPE and knowing when to use certain techniques to give a show room finish.

    2) Chemical Safety Chemical safety is paramount to an IJCSA member's ability to serve the customer.  The key advantage to the IJSCA is the information on green cleaning approaches and the consideration of the environment when cleaning.  Everyone is capable of cleaning, but are they capable of leaving a safer environment when they are done?

    3) Consistent Approach - Attention to Detail Because the training of the IJSCA is so detailed, you are able to know the cleaner has been trained on the little things.  The bottom of the refrigerator is an often overlooked area.  Another is the sliding glass door.  These ares are left in a condition that you know attention was paid, and a checklist was followed thoroughly.

    4) Ability to Solve Problems

    IJCSA members have a unique ability to solve problems faced by the day to day activies.  For instance a residential cleaner will have knowledge of carpet cleaning solutions.  In many cases, the cleaner can help you set up an appointment and give you ideas on how to deal with an issue before it escalates into a much bigger issue.

    The IJCSA is a group of people committed to making indoor air quality better by using safe chemistries, reducing pathogens and dust.  While improving the overall quality of life for folks by providing a clean environment.  We will strive to ensure you are happy with our service, we will continue to work with our partner companies to improve the service, and if you have any suggestions for improvement we would be glad to hear about how we can improve.

  • 05 Dec 2023 3:08 PM | Vivian Martin

    These past couple of years have been difficult for us all as you well know first hand. Our happy go lucky worlds were turned upside down by a virus that we basically knew nothing about except for the similar symptoms and the rising death rate of our population! It was extremely scary and some of us lost loved ones along the way and will forever have to be reminded of the horrible sickness that rocked our world. For me this is personal, so I truly understand the importance of implementing medical cleaning practices in residential and commercial situations.

    When we clean a medical facility we follow strict guidelines, use specific cleaning chemicals, wear PPE, and sign off on daily reports to ensure the cleaning was completed properly. We should put every residential or commercial cleaning job in the same category with medical cleaning to ensure the safety of the employees and residents of those structures. 

    Just as with medical "Universal Precautions" while in a healthcare facility, we should also follow this same recommendation in ALL residential and commercial buildings. Treating ALL residents and employees of these structures to be considered potentially infectious and precautions need to be taken to minimize the risk of exposure. You never know what someone is going through in their private lives, so just because we are not in a healthcare environment does not mean we do not need to follow certain cleaning methods to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria. 

    How can we implement the same cleaning standards in other structures that we use in healthcare facilities? By following same Health and Safety procedures that are required in medical spaces. Some of these precautions should include but are not limited to, washing hands before and after each location, wear proper cleaning PPE such as latex gloves and goggles, never compress trash manually, use the proper disinfectants and sanitizers for the area you are cleaning, handle laundry cautiously, make sure you clean the high touch surfaces, and always put on new latex gloves when starting a new job. 

    I am so happy that I found the IJCSA web page, Doing the certifications and being a member of I can confidently do my job and feel that I am helping my clients to the best of my ability.

  • 05 Dec 2023 1:39 PM | 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 -

  • 05 Dec 2023 11:14 AM | Jessica Jones

    Working in the cleaning field can be such a rewarding experience. Whether you're helping keep our medical facilities healthy and sanitized, or aiding a family in keeping a clean and relaxing home, it is important to know how to keep your staff safe from bloodborne pathogens.

    If working in a medical facility, you may expect to come into contact with blood and other bodily fluids, but cleaning rental and residential properties, you can find yourself exposed as well. Bloodborne Pathogens, such as hepatitis b and c, HIV, and others, can be found in human blood or other bodily fluids. It is important for you and your staff to be trained how to properly disinfect and dispose of anything  contaminated as well as what to do in the event of exposure to ensure the health and safety of your staff.

    Proper training on bloodborne pathogens is crucial in keeping you and your cleaning staff healthy, in any environment, or job type, because unfortunately, accidents happen, and knowing what to do In those situations can help keep everybody safe.

  • 05 Dec 2023 9:21 AM | Kimberly Sanchez

    Why get educated as a cleaning professional on Bloodborne Pathogens?  It is extremely important to understand what are bloodborne pathogens and, the importance of clean-up. 

    First off what are Bloodborne Pathogens? They are pathogenic microorganisms that are present in human blood and can cause diseases in many humans. The most common diseases are (HBV) Hepatitis B Virus, (HIV) Human Immunodeficiency Virus.

    Who can come in contact with these contagious diseases? 

    Well, anyone can come in contact with bloodborne pathogens more importantly but, not least anyone who works directly with Bloodborne Pathogens weather it's a healthcare worker or a cleanup staff. 

    It's extremely important that the cleaning crew gets educated on the effects of coming in to contact with body fluids of any kind and, blood that is contaminated with the mentioned above virus and, learn how to take precaution while on clean-up duty, to prevent spreading or viruses that can cause health issues to you or even worst these dieses can be life-threatening to anyone.

    This is why cleaners have an important job to do. Knowing the importance of what the protocol is and, what to do in case you do come in contact with these deadly bloodborne pathogens. To prevent any further spread is a most. For example, following the OSHA guidelines to help eliminate your exposure, having this knowledge can help anyone. Cleaner can also save lives and other personals health just by being well informed doing their job right. Taking your job serious is a great responsibility.

    We can all do our part by getting educated on Bloodborne Pathogens. 

  • 05 Dec 2023 9:02 AM | Alexis Garcia

    The importance of cleaning employees and staff being educated on bloodborne pathogens cannot be overstated. Bloodborne pathogens are infectious microorganisms in human blood that can cause diseases in humans, such as hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Individuals working in cleaning and maintenance are often on the front lines of occupational risk, as they may inadvertently come into contact with contaminated surfaces or improperly disposed of sharp objects. Their role necessitates a thorough understanding of the risks associated with bloodborne pathogens, the means by which they can be transmitted, and the steps that must be taken to prevent exposure.

    Education on bloodborne pathogens for cleaning staff is not only a matter of personal safety but also a legal requirement in many jurisdictions. For example, in the United States, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mandates that employers must provide training to workers who could be exposed to blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) at work. This training must be comprehensive, covering topics such as the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE), the correct procedures for disposal of hazardous waste, and the importance of vaccination, particularly for hepatitis B. Additionally, knowing the correct actions to take in the event of an exposure incident can significantly reduce the risk of infection and improve the outcomes for the affected employee.

    Beyond individual safety and legal compliance, the knowledge of bloodborne pathogens is integral to public health. Cleaning staff are integral to maintaining hygiene standards in a variety of settings - from hospitals and clinics to schools and corporate buildings. By ensuring that these individuals are properly trained, the spread of infections can be curtailed. This is particularly critical in healthcare settings, where patients with weakened immune systems are at greater risk. Effective cleaning and decontamination procedures can prevent cross-contamination and protect both staff and visitors. Ultimately, the education of cleaning employees and staff about bloodborne pathogens is a fundamental component of any public health strategy, underscoring the role that environmental hygiene plays in the prevention of disease transmission.

  • 05 Dec 2023 8:44 AM | 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.

  • 05 Dec 2023 8:16 AM | Vivian Martin

    Properly cleaning healthcare facilities is so important to keep everyone safe and healthy. This includes: patients, visitors of patients, healthcare workers, as well as the cleaning personnel for these facilities. When a loved one has to go to the doctor or be admitted into hospital, you want the peace of mind of knowing you and your loved one will be safe from germs and bacteria as much as possible. 

    Along with following healthcare protocol for patient health and safety in general, it is also important for the cleaning personnel to follow strict and proper regimens to help in the process of a clean and safe environment for everyone that comes in contact or indirect contact with a potential infection. As a professional healthcare cleaner, it is my responsibility to make sure I am doing my part to keep others as well as myself safe by doing the following with all healthcare facilities. I will wear the proper PPE, use the correct disinfecting products that are registered with the EPA, clean all high touch surfaces, wash hands regularly, and always put on a new pair of latex gloves before entering a new patients room. 

    By following the procedures mentioned above I am confident that proper cleaning and disinfecting will help with the spread of germs and bacteria in a healthcare facility. I am thankful  for with the opportunity to learn and also for allowing my business to be a part of this great organization.  

  • 05 Dec 2023 7:53 AM | Javon Agnew

    The cleaning employees and staff of an organization have a crucial role when it comes to the prevention of and/or the reduction of exposure to bloodborne pathogens.  These bloodborne pathogens are found in bodily fluids and solids such as vomit, urine, feces, and blood.  An encounter of these blood-borne pathogens could potentially cause disease and even worse, death. As a cleaning employee, it is advantageous to be familiar with the OSHA bloodborne standards in how to properly handle bloodborne pathogens.  Knowing so will decrease the spread of their symptoms and create a clean and safe environment.  In taking the time to incorporate these practices, it will be clear that an individual can keep themselves and others safe from potential harm.

    The main focus for a cleaning employee and possibly even a staff member is to contain, disinfect and to rid the area where the bloodborne pathogen is so as to not spread it to others or themselves. Once coming upon a potential threat such as a bloodborne pathogen or other type of matter, the best practice would be to treat it as if it is in fact infectious.  So protection is the first safeguard.  The member should be wearing proper protective personal equipment such as gloves, masks, eye shield, etc to guard themselves from contamination of the bodily matter.  Properly discarding the bodily matter with the proper equipment is the next defense, as well as sanitizing the area and equipment. These materials and or laundry should be properly disposed of in color-coded or labeled bins for bloodborne pathogens which are universally understood.  

    Identifying and disposing of the bloodborne pathogens and their waste are two specific features that cleaning employees and staff should be knowledgeable with, along with monitoring symptoms and keeping records of the very exposures.  If the potentially harmful bloodborne pathogen comes in contact with the skin, eyes, mouth, or cuts of anyone, it is responsibility of the person to report it so that testing and monitoring of symptoms can begin. Some symptoms from exposure may not show up for months and sometimes even years depending on the pathogen and/or severity of the degree of infection. It is also important for the site where the exposure took place to keep at least a 3-year record of the exposure to be compliant with OSHA as well as to help aid in reduction and prevention of spread of illness.  

  • 04 Dec 2023 11:48 PM | Robert Johnson

    I believe after taking bloodborne pathogen certification course is probably the most important course one could take. Infectious bloodborne pathogens could strike anywhere anytime, and knowing the risks, dangers, precautions to take, and how to handle oneself when faced with a situation, is a matter of life and death. In the career field of a Janitorial worker or cleaning crew, it is a must to know. It is like playing Russian roulette with ones life to cleanup bodily fluids and not know the dangers of infectious pathogens.

    To give a little background on bloodborne pathogens and the risks that come with it. Infectious Bloodborne pathogens are very tiny microorganisms found in blood. These pathogens can cause incurable disease such as HIV, HBV, and HCV. once you contract such disease your chances of death are extremely high. HIV or Humane Immunodeficiency is a disease that can soon bring on AIDS. It breaks down your immune system to the point you cant even fight off a common cold. These disease once you contract one is not curable. The best one can do is make your life as comfortable as possible until the disease finally wins.

    Fortunately there are precautions and guidelines you can follow that will greatly reduce your chances of ever contracting a infectious bloodborne pathogen. Osha has set up many rules, guidelines, and steps to take. Universal precaution is one that we must treat all bodily fluids as infectious. How we handle taking out the trash, or what steps to take when cleaning up bodily fluids are just a few of the precautions we must follow. Not knowing these can be a death sentence to a cleaning or janitorial worker. Important to know this material is a understatement when it comes to bloodborne pathogens. 

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