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Healthcare Cleaning Certification Levels

ServiceMaster TBS Division is a certified healthcare cleaning service (HESP) serving businesses in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. As a professional cleaning business, we have the knowledge and experience to clean your healthcare facility effectively. Our team goes through extensive training and has experience working with various medical facilities. We would love to talk to your team about your janitorial needs.

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What healthcare cleaning certification level does your facility require?

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As a Healthcare Environmental Services Provider, cleaners operating in your healthcare facility must be trained and certified. Professional cleaners perform their services in a wide variety of commercial facilities. Commercial cleaning is one thing, but healthcare cleaning is something entirely different.

Professional cleaners should be cautious and aware of government regulations and guidelines. Therefore, they need proper certifications to adequately perform their duties. Here, we will explain in detail the different healthcare certification levels so you can determine the right certification level your healthcare facility will be required to adhere to.

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Learn about healthcare cleaning certification level.

Level 1

The certification level required for medical professional buildings, medical educational buildings, mental health clinics, and medical offices is cleaning certification Level 1. Generally, when doing any work that requires Level 1 certification, staff would not be under any high risk or high exposure.

For any work that requires a Level 1 certification, you can expect the following:

  • No known infectious waste handling
  • No bodily fluid handling
  • No known “sharps” handling
  • Minimal Government guidelines/regulations

For Level 1 certification level cleaning, you can expect standard janitorial services such as:

Level 2

Certification for level 2 is a bit more stringent. Facilities which fall into these categories include dialysis clinics, laser-eye clinics, surgery clinics, and inpatient/outpatient surgery centers. Our cleaning staff must be aware of government guidelines and regulations and must adhere to safety procedures. However, there aren’t many major risks.

  • No known infectious waste handling
  • No bodily fluid handling
  • No known “sharps” handling
  • Specific Government guidelines/regulations

Level 3

Cleaning staff providing services for urgent care centers, medical centers, pediatric clinics, hospital emergency departments, and other related healthcare facilities must meet certification Level 3. In these types of facilities, the exposure level is more severe, and cleaners must be knowledgeable about high-level government guidelines and regulations.

  • Rare infectious waste handling
  • Unplanned bodily fluid disinfection
  • Little “sharps” handling
  • Some Government guidelines/regulations

Level 4

Level 4 is the highest level of certification in the healthcare cleaning industry. While some may think that this level is essentially a hospital cleaning certification, it includes other facilities as well. Facilities include full-service hospitals, nursing homes (including assisted living, extended care, long-term care facilities), and inpatient mental health centers. Cleaners who service these high-exposure facilities must follow strict government guidelines and regulations and should be extensively trained to properly clean while maintaining a safe environment for themselves and those around them.

Professional cleaners who are certified under Level 4 are trained in the following:

  • Infectious waste handling
  • Bodily fluid disinfection
  • All “red bag” waste responsibilities
  • Full Government guidelines/regulations
  • Patient, visitor, clinician contact

In addition to the above duties, many Level 4 cleaners are also certified surgical cleaning technicians (CSCT).

Certified Surgical Cleaning Technicians

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A clean and contaminant-free medical facility is extremely crucial. Before attempting any type of medical practice, it’s important to have your space tidied up by a professional healthcare cleaning company. At ServiceMaster TBS, our medical cleaning staff is trained to make sure the job gets done right each time. Our certified cleaning specialists always adhere to the highest level of care no matter what.

All of our experts are certified surgical cleaning technicians. This is a very comprehensive healthcare cleaning certification by the Association for the Healthcare Environment (AHE). By holding these janitorial licenses, we are able to maintain proper upkeep for every medical office. This allows us to provide state-of-the-art care in operating rooms, common areas, and health labs. With an entire personnel of CSCT professionals, we maintain an edge as the leading service provider in the medical cleaning industry.

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Our healthcare cleaning services focus on what your facility needs most.

Our Healthcare Disinfection Program

  • Wearing appropriate PPE as determined by the most up-to-date CDC guidelines and taking your privacy into consideration when
    it comes to donning and doffing PPE.

  • Using EPA registered and approved products from the EPA’s List N, which specifically meet the criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

  • Cleaning before disinfecting, a step that is required for true disinfection. We apply specific cleaning techniques to reduce
    reapplication of soil on surfaces.

  • Disinfecting after a proper cleaning. We always apply the disinfectant following the product label protocol, including selecting the equipment to apply the product and leaving the surface wet for the required dwell time for the disinfection to be
    effective as specified by the EPA registered label.

  • Cleaning up discarded materials and single-use PPE, sealing our soiled materials for proper disposal.

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