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  • 14 Apr 2024 7:31 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.

  • 13 Apr 2024 11:21 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. 

  • 13 Apr 2024 8:09 PM | Lori Weber
    "Going green" has become more popular as more people are becoming more informed on the negative health and environmental impacts that some of the things that we use in our daily lives can have. Things like single-use plastic, toxic cleaning chemicals, the wasting of water in our bathroom showers and toilets, all affect the people and environment around us. Now it's more important than ever to implement a green cleaning program into our cleaning services.

    Doing things like using natural active ingredient cleaners can keep the people in the facilities that we're cleaning, ourselves, and the environment safer.  There's less human health risk and liability when using natural products versus toxic chemicals. Small things that don't even require extra effort like using glass bottles and multi-use washable cleaning cloths and mops are beneficial to the environment by lowering the amount of waste that we produce that will go to a landfill and could possibly take hundreds of years to break down.

    Offering green cleaning to customers will not only benefit human health and the environment, but also our businesses. Customers will appreciate that we care enough about the environment and their health to use safer eco-friendly products, in turn making them more likely to refer others with similar priorities to us. 

  • 13 Apr 2024 6:27 PM | William Boston

    Allowing someone to come into your home or business can be a daunting task. Finding people with professionalism and an understanding nature can seem impossible. Lucky for you there is a database of trusted companies that you can search to find the right provider for your needs! By using the IJCSA's database of providers you can ensure that you are looking at a comprehensive list of providers who have been equipped with the proper training and customer service skills to meet your needs and actually listen to your requests. 

    At the IJCSA, providers are trained comprehensivley on the skills needed to reassure customers and provide them with honest and caring service. We are trained to treat all customers with respect and genuinley listen to their concerns in all situations. Members understand what great customer service is and it goes beyond providing a valuable service. Being present and avaliable to customers is important as well as reaching out and caring about the well being of customers beyond the job. So use the IJSCA's Buisness Directory for all of your cleaning needs and find a professional near you today!

  • 13 Apr 2024 10:56 AM | Javier Borceguin

    Becoming green cleaning certified is something that will benefit those around me in my company because of all the benefits that come with practicing green cleaning. Harmful substances are in a lot of products used in everyday items such as out clothes and cleaning products, which is why it is the best idea to stay away from them as much as we can. 

    Green cleaning is the use of using green cleaning products in your cleaning services for others. They also include techniques and protocols so that one could minimize their own exposure to these harmful chemicals sometimes known as volatile organic compounds (VOC's). It is important to note that these VOC's can really do some damage not only to humans but also to the environment if they are not contained properly (as mentioned in the green cleaning program trainings). 

    Being green cleaning certified will also help ensure my employees stay safe when cleaning since they will also know how to use these products properly. Their health is my utmost importance, so I want to ensure that they are receive great training to minimize any risk of getting harmful health reactions to any VOC's that can cross their path. 

    Finally, one of the most convenient parts of green cleaning is the green packaging it comes in. The products claim to be biodegradable, meaning they will not stay in the environment for long if they somehow get out. Protecting the world and environment from harmful chemicals is something we as humans must make our priority. 

    Below is the IJCSA Green Cleaning directory if you are interested in a green cleaning company's services!

    Green Cleaning Directory

  • 13 Apr 2024 9:40 AM | Blake Gordon

    In healthcare facilities, research labs, and various workplace environments, the knowledge and awareness of bloodborne pathogens among cleaning employees and staff members play a pivotal role in ensuring the safety of both the workers and the public. Bloodborne pathogens are microorganisms that can be present in blood and other bodily fluids, posing significant health risks when not handled properly. Understanding the importance of cleaning employees and staff knowing about bloodborne pathogens is essential for maintaining a safe and healthy work environment.

    First and foremost, educating cleaning employees and staff about bloodborne pathogens is crucial for their own safety. These pathogens can transmit life-threatening diseases such as HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. Cleaning personnel often come into contact with potentially contaminated surfaces and materials, making them susceptible to exposure. With proper training and awareness, they can take precautions such as wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and using disinfection protocols to minimize their risk of infection. This not only safeguards their well-being but also ensures that they can continue to provide essential services without fear.

    Moreover, the knowledge of bloodborne pathogens among employees and staff extends beyond personal safety. It is essential for preventing the potential spread of infections to others. In healthcare settings, for instance, the thorough cleaning of medical equipment and surfaces is paramount to reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections. Cleaning personnel must understand the correct protocols for decontaminating surfaces and disposing of contaminated materials safely. In non-healthcare workplaces, such as educational institutions or research labs, the proper handling and disposal of materials containing bloodborne pathogens are essential to prevent accidental exposures and potential outbreaks.

    In conclusion, the significance of cleaning employees and staff being well-informed about bloodborne pathogens cannot be overstated. Their awareness not only protects their own health but also contributes to the overall safety of the workplace and the community. Proper training and education on handling bloodborne pathogens empower these essential workers to carry out their duties safely and effectively, reducing the risk of infection and ensuring a healthier environment for everyone involved.

  • 13 Apr 2024 7:28 AM | Jeannette Rivera

    Customer service is a vital part of your business, ensuring customer loyalty, relationships and satisfaction. For janitorial/cleaning services, customer services means earning a customer's trust, listening to concerns and properly solving any issues that arise. To recognize mistakes, concerns and other issues that arise allow for companies to effectively correct themselves and ensure mistakes similar to that won't be made again. Whether it be recleaning a room, or discounting offers when service isn't properly met, doing such things shows that you care, respect and listen to customer's needs. This helps the customer loyalty stay strong. 

    When customer expectations can't be met, we want to make sure they're appropriately compensated. Such things follow the LAST method, where we listen to the customer, apologize politely, solve the issue as efficiently as possible, and thank the customer for bringing up their concerns. Once proper compensations have been met, following up with the client is a valuable part of customer service, showing you value their relationship, and want to see them again. With this, you can ensure your customer's next time coming in to do business will be a wonderful experience for them and yourself. 

  • 12 Apr 2024 11:54 PM | Nadine Mackey

    It might be difficult to locate a reputable cleaning company that is committed to providing reasonably priced residential and commercial cleaning services. It's now simpler than ever for customers to have a tidy house without going over budget when they locate cleaning services that will work with them to customize to their unique cleaning plan.

    The scope of work varies for each cleaning task, so before making a reservation with a certain firm, take into account the services they provide. Examine the kind of cleaning supplies and tools that the firm employs when you narrow down your options for a cleaning service. If using environmentally friendly cleaning supplies is essential to you, for example, you may ask the firm about it. Even more environmentally friendly services are available from some companies.

    When choosing the best cleaning service for you, consider the kinds of tools and supplies that the business employs.  When you let our staff handle your house cleaning, you'll have more time for anything you want to do, like relax, read, or binge-watch your favorite shows in a clean and organized home, all while appreciating the fact that nothing had to be done by you.

    Employing a cleaning business that has earned the IJCSA RCS Certification guarantees that you will work with a team that regularly produces high-quality services by utilizing cutting-edge techniques and tools. Our skill guarantees that your house looks its best whether we're deep cleaning carpets, getting rid of stubborn stains, or preserving upholstery. You may enjoy a clean house without the stress of doing it all yourself by hiring experts like us to take care of the work. Home Cleaning | Maid Service Directory. 

    Your home is supposed to be the place you go to rest, restore, and recharge after a long and busy work week; the last thing you want to do is use up your precious free time cleaning and scrubbing.  Rather than spending your free time vacuuming and scrubbing, our team can help you use that time for what’s important, your family.  Knowing that your home is in the capable hands of a company that holds a certification from IJCSA provides peace of mind.

  • 12 Apr 2024 8:39 PM | William Green

    How Important Are Janitors & Janitorial Staff To Our Daily Lives

    Janitors are extremely important to our day to day lives. Just think without janitors, going to the hospitals with bodily fluids and trash everywhere. I can tell you now that you would probably walk out. Or what about going to the grocery store and seeing trash and old food all over the floor, again you would probably walk out.

    Janitors make up the back ground of the world but without janitors the world would be a complete mess. Mostly every company in the world that allows customer access to their facility should understand that customer service starts with a clean waiting area.  If you agree, you are at the right place. Please see IJCSA's Janitorial Service Directory- for all your janitorial needs.

    Before I let you go, you should understand when go to the bank, gym, store, or even events that it take a lot of effort from great men and women to have cleaned up the place so you could enjoy the best experiences of your lives.   Please see a janitor, thank a janitor.

  • 12 Apr 2024 7:23 PM | Jair Pineros

    Healthcare facilities required special steps and procedures to clean and disinfect due to the high risk of contamination from harmful pathogens such as germs, bacteria, and viruses. How can we implement the same procedures to other areas of janitorial services? And how can we be the fore front against the spreading of diseases from these microorganisms?

    Medical cleaning training procedures are effective in high risk areas where germs and viruses are present. The use of PPE and appropriate cleaning and disinfecting techniques are very important to avoid direct or indirect contact with pathogens. The same procedures could be utilize for residential and commercial cleaning to achieve better results for your own company and customers.

    Cleaning methods use in health care facilities can be apply in residential cleaning. For instance, high touch areas should be disinfected in the same manner medical institutions do, as well as bathrooms and kitchen. When it comes to commercial cleaning, the same procedures for health care facilities should be use. In commercial settings high traffic areas like floors and carpets should be disinfected in a daily basis. Items like phones, computers key boards, hand rails and door knobs are a breeding ground for viruses.

    Protecting our environment wheatear is home or business from harmful pathogens is essential for a good standard of living. Cleaning and disinfecting is a good habit and should always be exercised in a daily basis. As of right now, with the recent covid-19 pandemic we are aware of how important disinfecting is and how keeping a good habit of cleanliness have a positive impact in our lives.       

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