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  • 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.


  • 23 Sep 2022 9:16 PM | Jessica Laurindo

    Unlike conventional cleaning products, green cleaning products are created using safe, non-toxic and biodegradable ingredients. Eco-friendly cleaning products not only reduce air and water pollution but also help fight ozone depletion and climate change and ozone depletion.

  • 23 Sep 2022 12:36 PM | Brandon Lanford

    When janitorial services are mentioned, a few common things come to mind: Sweeping floors, washing windows, cleaning and disinfecting surfaces, vacuuming floors... and the list goes on. But one of the most effective and noticeable things commonly  goes unmentioned: carpet cleaning. An uncleaned carpet can detract from the overall appeal of any building, and neglecting your carpet can easily create one big, odorous eyesore. That's why when you employ a member of the IJCSA, you can rest assured that the carpet will get the same priority as the rest of your facility.

    Members of the IJCSA such as our business (Lanford Group, LLC) understand that a carpet is just as important as having clean windows and a tidy interior. Many members of IJCSA have undergone training to become certified in carpet care & cleaning, and it shows in the work that we do.

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  • 23 Sep 2022 11:40 AM | 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. 

  • 23 Sep 2022 9:57 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. 

  • 23 Sep 2022 8:06 AM | Katrina Welch

       It is of very great importance to understand why owners, managers, and employees should be trained in dealing with bloodborne pathogens.

       HBV, HIV, and now with our recent pandemic of COVID-19 can be a deadly business. All cleaning companies should be treating every job as a possible death trap and care about making sure employees are practicing safety using the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Prevention and exposure guidelines.

      Using these simple tools and educating your employees can save you, your employees, and all your families possible tragedy in the future.

  • 23 Sep 2022 6:54 AM | David Sartin

    There are many advantages to hiring someone to clean your home. It frees up more valuable time to spend with your families and relieves a great deal of stress that goes with having to come home from working all day and cleaning the entire house. 

    However, just hiring someone to clean your home does not relieve all of the stress. Now you are worried about if the cleaner will do everything the right way, if they may try to steal from you, or any number of other questions that may run through your mind.

    This is why it is important to not just hire anyone but, a professional certified cleaner. Someone who has been rigorously tested on the current methods of proper cleaning and sanitation techniques. Someone who has practical, real world experience that actually does this for a living.

    Every member of the IJCSA has this expertise. Cleaning certifications are available to every member organization and member from Chemical Hazard Training to Master Cleaning Certifications. We are meticulously trained and tested on every aspect of professional cleaning from residential to commercial and everything in between. Professional cleaners are dedicated, properly insured, and certified to do every job.

    Those are the key advantages to hiring an IJCSA Residential Cleaning Specialist. No smoke and mirrors only integrity, loyalty, and selfless service for our chosen profession.

  • 22 Sep 2022 10:02 PM | Lena Wind

    It has never been more obvious than now, with the current pandemic situation, that we cannot take for granted cleaning procedures or protocols. We must be vigilant in developing a thorough offensive plan. This plan must include a clear understanding of what a pathogen is and what is required to develop a defensive and strategic plan. This plan should outline clearly, proper practices, handling of areas and transportation of contaminated items.

    The first step is understanding that pathogens are presented in human blood and that they can cause serious and deadly diseases in humans. Exposure to these pathogens happen when they come into contact with mucus membranes such as the nose, mouth, or open cuts or breaks in skin.  This exposure can occur from blood, vomit, and saliva. Diseases such as HBV, Hepititus, HIV can be contracted from such exposure. This is why, a Universal Precaution Approach must be seriously adhered to.

    OSHA requires that the Universal Precautions should be clearly outlined and posted at each work site. It is imperative that it be followed. Should contamination occur specific documentation must be submitted. This also requires records to be kept for 3 years. If an employee is exposed, they must know that the first thing they should do is immediately report it to their supervisor and notify their physician.  The cleaning employee should be made aware of potential symptoms such as fatigue, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and light color stools.  Remember the Best Defense is a Thorough Offense.


  • 22 Sep 2022 7:52 PM | Jordanna Vaught

    We currently do help with some mold cleanup in our business. We have a client who has us clean multiple evictions/move-outs on a weekly basis and a lot of time we will see some mold build up in the bathrooms on the grout. I do find it interesting how it does have some build up because the bathrooms have vents, and they all run on an hvac unit. The people who live in these homes are not really that fortunate as others though, so I do think that they do not clean these apartments while they are living in them at all. We currently are using bleach and a razor to clean it up.

  • 22 Sep 2022 6:20 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.

     

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