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  • 16 Apr 2024 10:37 PM | Lori Weber

    It is fundamentally important for cleaning employees and staff to be informed of the modes of transmission, clean-up, and effects of bloodborne pathogens because of the risks of occupational exposure.  Universal (Standard) Precautions tell us to treat every fluid as if it's infected with bloodborne pathogens, because it makes us more aware and careful with things that we could be touching/cleaning that has the potential to give us a serious disease. 

    It is essential that cleaning staff are aware that something as simple as rubbing an itchy eye with an unprotected hand that had previously picked up a client's used washcloth could have a detrimental effect on their livelihood.  Bloodborne pathogens can be transmitted from touching infectious materials that have things such as blood, mucus, or bodily fluids on them by cleaning staff that aren't wearing the correct personal protective equipment.  The IM could be a wide range of things; a puddle of fluid (blood or otherwise), bed linens, broken glass, a needle, etc.

    Clean-up and disposal of potentially infectious materials needs to be done thoroughly, following the instructions provided by OSHA with the use of the correct PPE.  This is not only because it's hazardous to a person's health, but because it can affect the rest of their life.  One example is, if a person were to contract HIV from cleaning infected material without the proper PPE, they could feel ill, be put in a hospital, be unable to work, therefore unable to pay bills, receive lifelong blood tests for monitoring, and be on antiviral medications for the rest of their life so that the disease doesn't progress.  This is why it is so important for cleaning staff to understand the risks associated with the correct way to use Standard Precautions and clean up potentially infectious materials.  Knowing the correct PPE, clean-up, and risks of bloodborne pathogens will increase the likelihood that proper precautions are taken to decrease the chance of infection and transmission.

  • 16 Apr 2024 7:53 PM | 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. 

  • 16 Apr 2024 6:18 PM | JONATHAN BARRIOS

    Cleaning workers are a vital resource essential to carry out health and safety functions. They are responsible for carrying out the assigned tasks to remove organic and inorganic dirt and other contaminants safely and effectively. This leads to great results in improving health and reducing disease through the elimination and prevention of the spread of germs and viruses. In addition, they improve the image and aesthetics of our homes and workplaces, which causes a better emotional and physical state, greater productivity and quality in our lives and the environment.

    It is of utmost importance that employees have the knowledge of the transmission of pathogenic microorganisms through blood, not only because the law requires it, but for the good and safety of all, since we are all prone and at risk of contracting health problems such as hepatitis B and C viruses and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) due to lack of knowledge of how to proceed when you run the corresponding cleaning tasks correctly. The correct use of personal protective equipment and informative training and its consistency is relevant to eliminating any dangerous risk of exposure. There is no doubt that it is the safest way to prevent exposure and counteract the risk that cleaning workers carry every day.

    More than a responsibility, a commitment when it comes to implementing rules and procedures, a commitment to us and to society. The health and safety of everyone is the highest priority on the part of the appropriate authorities and on the part of us as cleaning workers. In the same way, we play an important role in the work structure since we are responsible for providing all the necessary equipment so that our employees have the confidence and security that they are protected when carrying out their work. Providing them with all the necessary information for them to develop their activities and be able to feel safe and capable that they are doing so.


  • 16 Apr 2024 5:34 PM | Anonymous

    Cleaning employees should know about Bloodborne pathogens and the risk it carries being exposed to it, if it is infected. It's important that employees know about universal precautions to prevent the spread of Bloodborne Pathogens, such as wearing the protective gear like gloves and goggles. 

     If you are ever exposed to an infectious disease you will know how to correctly clean wounds that were exposed and disinfect the affected areas.  You should treat all blood and bodily fluids as infected. It's important that cleaners know about Bloodborne Pathogens, to keep the place clean and prevent spreading. 

    Keeping yourself safe by always washing your hands after you've removed any PPE. Knowing how to properly dispose of needles and linen. All biohazard containers should be labeled and/or color coded.

  • 16 Apr 2024 4:39 PM | Blanca Arroyo

    Are you seeking a reliable and trustworthy home cleaning service? Look no further! The International Janitorial Cleaning Services Association (IJCSA) is your go-to resource for finding top-notch residential cleaning providers. With a directory of IJCSA Members dedicated to delivering exceptional cleaning services, you can trust that your home will receive the care and attention it deserves.

    When it comes to maintaining a clean and healthy living space, IJCSA Members excel in providing professional home cleaning services. Whether you need a one-time deep clean, regular maintenance, or specialized cleaning solutions, the IJCSA directory offers a convenient search feature to help you find the perfect cleaning provider near you. Simply visit https://www.ijcsa.org/House-Cleaning-Services and explore the wide range of cleaning professionals available.

    By choosing an IJCSA Member, you can expect a team of experienced and trained professionals who prioritize customer satisfaction. These experts understand the unique cleaning needs of residential settings and utilize industry-leading techniques and equipment to ensure a thorough and effective clean. From dusting and vacuuming to kitchen and bathroom sanitation, their services cover all aspects of home cleaning.

    Experience the difference that IJCSA Members bring to residential cleaning. Visit the IJCSA directory today at https://www.ijcsa.org/House-Cleaning-Services to find a cleaning provider near you. Enjoy the peace of mind that comes with a sparkling clean home, courtesy of professionals who take pride in their work. Your home deserves the best, and IJCSA Members are here to deliver exceptional home cleaning services tailored to your needs.

  • 16 Apr 2024 3:07 PM | Anthony Willis

    Cleaning employees and staff play a critical role in the ongoing effort to control the spread of germs and pathogens which can often lead to any number of diseases including but not limited to HIV and HBV.  When we receive training and education on bloodborne pathogens, we help guard against the spread of contagions that can result in negative health consequences for anyone who might otherwise be exposed to them. 

    As a professional in the janitorial services field, I value the training that I received particularly since I work in medical facilities.  My training has helped me to better understand best practices for the properly handling of trash including a process which is very common that being the compacting of trash within trash liners and how that is a potentially hazardous practice which I will advise my staff not to perform.

    My training has also helped me to better understand the most likely sources for the transmission and exposure to bloodborne pathogens, that being that pathogens are most likely to enter our bodies through our mucus membranes and or through cuts to our skin.  I think that most cleaning professionals take the basic precaution of wear gloves but armed with a better understanding of the other ways an infections can occur, I am inclined to resume wearing additional PPE including protective eyewear and a face mask.  

    I think our collective relief that the threat posed from COVID 19 has been drastically reduced, got us all a little lax and this training reaffirmed the need for cleaning professionals to be as vigilant now as we were in the not- so-distant past.






  • 16 Apr 2024 3:04 PM | Sophia Silva

    Nova Commercial Company Inc.(Nova) proud to be a Green Cleaning Certified company through the International Janitorial Cleaning Services Association (IJCSA), which shows our leadership in the green cleaning movement and our adherence to environmentally responsible cleaning practices that safeguard both health and the planet. Our certification from the IJCSA reflects our determination to apply sustainable methods and use eco-friendly products in all our operations. This commitment not only matches global environmental goals but also ensures that our clients get the highest standard of cleanliness in a way that supports their health and well-being.

    Nova doesn't just claim to be green; we live by it in our everyday work. We select products and equipment that are green certified, which means they have less environmental impact while still delivering quality cleaning results. These practices lower the risk of exposure to harmful chemicals, enhancing indoor air quality and lowering allergens. Additionally, our use of microfiber technology, gentle detergents, and effective equipment helps in saving resources like water and energy, supporting a more eco-friendly environment.

    Furthermore, Nova having the IJCSA Green Cleaning Certification improves our appeal and marketability to a wide range of customers and businesses who are mindful of the environment and want to meet their corporate social responsibilities. We are featured in the IJCSA Green Cleaning Directory, which makes it convenient for potential clients to search for and select our services, knowing they are working with a company that values health-conscious and sustainable cleaning methods. This certification not only sets us apart in the competitive cleaning industry but also demonstrates our professionalism and creative approach to green cleaning.

    Try the Nova difference today!


  • 16 Apr 2024 1:55 PM | Sophia Silva

    Introduction to Cleaning Chemical Concerns

    Many people and businesses still use conventional cleaning products for their everyday cleaning needs, but these products often have strong chemicals that can harm health and the environment. Natural green products are different: they are a more secure, just as efficient choice, backed up by the methods listed in the IJCSA Green Cleaning Directory, which gives a complete guide to environmentally friendly cleaning service providers.

    Health Risks Associated with Chemical Cleaners

    Many traditional cleaning products have serious health risks. They can contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), ammonia, and bleach, which can harm the respiratory system, cause headaches, and affect other aspects of health. These chemicals can also lead to long-term health problems, such as chronic breathing difficulties, allergic reactions, and occupational asthma, if people are exposed to them for a long time. The World Health Organization has warned about the quality of indoor air, saying that some chemical cleaners can make the indoor air pollution much worse than the outdoor level. This is especially worrying for people who already have health problems, older people, and children.

    Environmental Impact of Synthetic Cleaners

    Not only do conventional cleaning products pose health hazards, but they also harm the environment. When these chemicals are washed away, they end up in waterways, where they can poison aquatic life. Phosphates, which are found in many cleaners, can trigger algae blooms that reduce oxygen in water bodies, killing fish and other marine life. The making and discarding of chemical cleaners often use non-renewable resources and add to the buildup of non-biodegradable waste, worsening the global waste management problem.

    Advantages of Natural Green Cleaning Products

    On the other hand, green cleaning products, as advocated by entities like the IJCSA, reduce environmental impact and health hazards. These products usually contain ingredients that are environmentally friendly, sourced from renewable resources, and devoid of harmful chemicals. Companies listed in the IJCSA Green Cleaning Directory adhere to using substances that do not damage the planet or its people. Additionally, green products are often packaged in recyclable materials, contributing to the overall sustainability of the product life cycle.

    Conclusion: Embracing Green Cleaning

    The negative impacts of common cleaning chemicals motivate us to use natural green products instead. Thanks to resources like the IJCSA Green Cleaning Directory, it's very easy for individuals and businesses to find green cleaning service providers who follow the best practices of environmental care. When we choose green products, we protect our health and the planet, and also support a sustainable future, making a deliberate decision that helps everyone. The directory shows the viability and effectiveness of green cleaning, giving us confidence that we can be clean without harming our well-being or environmental health.


  • 16 Apr 2024 1:52 PM | Sophia Silva

    Janitorial services have to pay attention to green cleaning in today's world, where environmental awareness is high. As more people care about the environmental effects of their choices, they also expect janitorial companies to follow eco-friendly and sustainable standards. Being a certified green cleaning company means more than just using eco-friendly practices; it shows that a company cares about lowering its carbon footprint and improving sustainability. This care extends beyond the facilities that are cleaned—it's about protecting the health of the earth and all its inhabitants. By opting for green cleaning methods, companies prove that they are environmentally conscious and want to make a difference in the world.

    Enhancing Brand Reputation and Customer Trust

    Green Cleaning Certification enhances a company's brand image. In a time when consumers are more and more choosing products based on a company’s environmental impact, having a reputable certification can draw in more customers. It shows that the company is trustworthy and dependable, and that it uses products and practices that are better for the environment. This can be very effective in marketing campaigns, as it appeals to the increasing number of eco-conscious consumers. Additionally, businesses that are certified often qualify for government and corporate contracts that require green certifications, thus creating new opportunities for business expansion.

    Compliance with Regulations and Access to New Markets

    One more important benefit is following environmental rules at the local, national, and sometimes international level. Many areas are making laws stricter around chemical use, waste management, and sustainability practices in business operations. Companies that have green cleaning certification are often more prepared for regulatory changes, lowering the chance of facing fines for non-compliance and appealing to governmental and large corporate contracts that demand such standards. In addition, this forward-thinking approach to sustainability can create opportunities in new markets, especially where green certification is a requirement for doing business.

    Improving Workplace Health and Safety

    Finally, green cleaning certification has many health benefits. Conventional cleaning chemicals can often cause problems for the lungs, skin, and other parts of the body. Green cleaning practices lower the amount of harmful chemicals that staff and clients are exposed to, making the work environment safer and healthier. This can lead to fewer health insurance claims, less absenteeism, and higher productivity among employees who enjoy working in a non-toxic environment. Furthermore, a healthier workplace enhances a company's reputation as a kind and ethical employer.

    To sum up, getting green cleaning certification is not only an environmental gesture; it is a smart business choice with many benefits. From improving brand image and increasing market opportunities to cutting expenses and raising health standards, the pros are obvious. For companies that want to succeed in the current business environment, adopting green cleaning certification is not just a possibility—it's a vital move toward lasting success.


  • 16 Apr 2024 11:50 AM | Sophia Silva

    Environmental responsibility is essential in the modern world. IJCSA members are leaders in green cleaning practices. They are comprehensively training in the latest eco-friendly green cleaning technologies and practices. If you need a sustainable cleaning service, you can trust an IJSCA member to follow strict green standards that guarantee a healthy and eco-friendly environment.

    When you select a IJCSA member, you are supporting environmental sustainability. Members are distinguished and certified in green cleaning and will provide services that lower carbon footprint while maintaining a hygienic clean. By using eco-friendly products and equipment, they use less water and energy, reduce VOC’s and improve indoor air quality. The dedication to sustainability creates better environments for everyone they serve, choose a IJCSA member and make a difference.

    Choosing an IJCSA member, you get customized care that suits your particular needs. As a member of a global association, local businesses learn from and adapt to the specific environmental and regulatory conditions of your region, matching your sustainability goals seamlessly. Work with an IJCSA member today to enjoy a service that emphasizes green cleaning practices and leads the way in eco-friendly innovation.


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