Tri County Janitorial

Janitorial Service Company Serving Fresno and the Central San Joaquin Valley

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Safety is No Accident

February 8th, 2019 · No Comments

Safety is no accident in janitorial work, or in any field really.  Working safely takes intention and effort.  Just as a janitor needs to work safely when performing tasks, so does an office assistant or an engineer.  Although the tasks being performed are vastly different, there are safe and unsafe ways of completing them.

We focus strongly on promoting safety in the workplace.  Awareness, training, and prevention are our keys to a safe work environment.  Many accidents can be avoided if you take simple steps in advance and while working.

Identify the Hazards, Assess the Risk, Control the Risk

Know the Hazards

In order to work safe, you must first know what the hazards are. 

Take a moment to think over your daily tasks.   Do you lift, bend, or reach frequently?  Do you sit in one place for long periods of time?  Do you work around heavy equipment?  Although these tasks are associated with many different types of jobs, they each pose unique risks. 

Identifying the hazards unique to your tasks is the first step in working safe.

Avoid Hazards

Once you know what the potential safety hazards are, you can take steps to avoid them.  Alternate light and heavy tasks.  Take a break from repetitive motion by changing to a task that requires different movements.  Use proper procedures when handling equipment.  Each of these things is a simple idea to avoid everyday hazards.  In most cases, training, research, or sometimes just pure common sense are good ways to avoid hazards. 

Focus on Good Safety Habits

The best way to avoid safety hazards is to develop good habits.  Be careful not to slip into the mindset that, “Safety is just being nit-picky, I’ll be fine.”  Often in work, the things that we do every day become routine.  We don’t think through every movement or action because we’ve done it so many times before.  Because of this, it is crucial that the routine is founded on safety.  Don’t give into the temptation to take shortcuts or ignore what you know is safe just because you can.  Making safety your default, or your routine, is the best way to work.

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Growth and Service in the New Year

January 10th, 2019 · No Comments

Happy New Year from all of us at Tri-County Janitorial!

Another year is past.  Now we, like many others, will take a moment to reflect and then press forward. 

For many of us, 2018 was a year of change, growth, ups and downs.  One of our goals is to use success and challenges alike, to continually strengthen this company. 

Tri-County Janitorial had an excellent year in 2018 regarding safety and customer service.  We’re grateful to all the excellent staff which made this possible.  Janitors who have been with us for over 10 years and those who joined within the last few years all prioritize safety and a cleaning job well done.  Because of this, each janitor and manager gains a real sense of accomplishment through their stellar quality of work.  

We know the success of Tri-County Janitorial is nothing without its employees and the customers we serve.   Because of our excellent cleaners we are confident in the quality of janitorial services that we provide, allowing us to go the extra mile for our customers. 

Now, looking forward to 2019, there is a sense of excitement for what the future holds.  We have gone into the year considering one of our key phrases, “we ask only – what more can we do for you?”  What more can we do to improve our customer’s experience?  What more can we do to improve our employee’s job satisfaction?  What more can we do to build a company that is always striving to do better? 

The nice thing about growth is that it shows us how much more we’re capable of.  We are pleased with how far we’ve come but know there is no limit to how much we can accomplish.

So, the question we put to you is… what more can we do for you? 

Best wishes for a happy, prosperous, and growth filled New Year from all of us at Tri-County Janitorial!

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Communication is Key in Safety

October 17th, 2018 · No Comments

Effective communication is a vital part of maintaining a safe work environment.  It doesn’t matter whether you typically work alone or in groups on a daily basis, there will always be a time that communication is required with others.  Making that exchange as effective and complete as possible builds teamwork and improves safety.

Communication of Actions

Communicating actions and intentions helps keep everyone on the same page so they can work safely together.  Laying out a plan of action at the start allows each person to work effectively from the outset.  In the same way, communicating changes or issues everyone should be aware of keeps each person engaged and moving in the same direction.

Communication of Hazards

By communicating potential hazards to supervisors or the proper person, you allow a possible problem to be addressed and fixed before it causes an injury to you, a co-worker, or a customer.  When communicating about hazards, it’s important to be clear on what the possible danger is.  Follow up if needed to be sure that a solution is reached.

Never keep quite when it comes to safety.  Communicating potential hazards and important details to the right people keeps you and everyone else safe!

Be proactive – it’s better to talk about an issue before it becomes a safety hazard rather than after.

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Safety in Action – Cleaning Smart

September 13th, 2018 · No Comments

Practicing safety in the janitorial industry is a key element to consistent quality.  Working safely creates a positive work environment ensuring that cleaners feel confident in their actions and can return to work each day.

Promoting safety is something that we take very seriously at Tri-County Janitorial.  One element of this is our Safety Newsletter.  This newsletter assists in teaching and reminding employees about best work practices when it comes to safety in daily tasks.

Some of the most central things in working safely are small details which can easily be unnoticed.  This week we focus on Safety in Action through well organized and kept storage areas, proper actions when emptying trash, and equipment care.

Get carried away with safety

Safety in Action:

Storage and Organization

You might rarely think of a closet as a place to practice safety, but janitor’s closets or supply storage areas are the perfect place to start.  Well organized spaces remove potential hazards such as spilled cleaning products, tripping over misplaced items on the floor, or falling objects, by making sure that everything is correctly labeled, stored for safe, easy access, and secured when necessary.

That pesky little thing called trash

Trash removal, what could be unsafe about emptying the trash? … well, plenty.  Trash includes everything from that scrap of paper on the floor to the 30 gallon barrel overflowing in the lunchroom.  Lifting, carrying, and twisting injuries are some of the most common with cleaners.  Assuming a full trash bag weighs the same one day as it did the day before is a faulty idea. This incorrect thought could lull a cleaner into a false sense of security when lifting.  Unexpected weight and unprepared muscles are natural enemies.  Janitors must be aware of every bend, lift, twist, and hold when removing trash.  Not overfilling trash cans and proper lifting or carrying techniques are crucial.

Tools and Equipment

Tools and equipment are important resources in janitorial services; but, equipment that is not well maintained is a problem.  Regularly checking tools and equipment before and after each use ensures that they will do their job effectively.

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Attitude of Safety in the Workplace

August 4th, 2018 · No Comments


Safety is always the most important thing we do at Tri-County Janitorial. Here is a wonderful article I wrote in the spring of last year. Safety is the best way to enjoy the good life.

Attitude of Safety in the Workplace

Published on LinkedIn March 25, 2016

By: Mark L. Jones

Satisfying our customers with the best cleaning that can be done in the janitorial industry is the main goal of Tri-County Janitorial. That can only be achieved by making safety the most important thing that we do. One misstep, one lapse in concentration, can have serious repercussions for everyone involved. That is why we make safety our top priority.

Our fundamental philosophy for doing this is complete awareness of ones surroundings and oneself at all times while on the job.

Janitors and cleaning staff have one of the highest risks for repetitive motion injuries. Repetitive motion injuries or injuries that happen from exacerbating an off the job injury occur mainly when there is a break down in awareness or a complete denial of the importance of any pain or discomfort. We train our janitors and cleaning staff to avoid these types of injuries by being aware of everything that they do. An awareness of and reaction to every feeling, by example if you feel thirsty drinking water, is of paramount importance. Any lapse in this can be met with severe consequences.

Company wide safety is achieved by significant discussion of this in an applicant’s pre-employment interview, observation of an employee’s actions during the training period, and frequent interaction with the employee about safety and awareness through their entire time of employment.

Our safety program includes safety articles tailored to our business environment which go out to employees twice a month, deliberate discussions of safety in almost every interaction with individual employees or groups, safety checks of our operations in each facility on a regular basis, and several safety meetings a year across cultures of the company – gathering managers, foremen, and janitors together to learn from each other and discuss safe practices.

Everything starts with the employee’s initial orientation when they make a commitment to be safe and act safe with specific focus on personal responsibilities and what it means in specific aspects of the job.

The attitude of safety which we require from every janitor, foreman, and manager in our company extends well beyond the individual. The personal foundation of safety is strengthened by interactions with other safety minded co-workers and supervisors. This foundation of safety allows us to then create a safe work environment for not only our own employees, but for our customers as well. The attitude of awareness towards safety emphasizes awareness of self, surroundings, and others; then, removing or communicating the existence of potential hazards to others.

It is the safe way in which our janitor’s work which allows us to clean our customer’s offices and buildings consistently, thoroughly, and effectively; while giving our customers peace of mind.

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July 11th, 2017 · No Comments

Mark had a great discussion with Austin Reed about janitorial services and all of the areas that Tri County Janitorial serves.

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July 11th, 2017 · No Comments

We at Tri-County Janitorial are pleased to provide quality, professional, janitorial cleaning in the greater Fresno area for offices, educational facilities, industrial, and religious institutions.

We are thrilled to have a staff that takes pleasure in a job well done and strives to give the best service we can offer. Each member of our staff is skilled, trustworthy, and dedicated to quality.  Whether they perform basic daily tasks such as vacuuming, mopping, dusting, and restroom cleaning or they are doing specialized tasks such as window cleaning, carpet extraction, or floor stripping, waxing, or buffing, they give their all to complete the job to the customer’s satisfaction.

This excellent cleaning staff is the core of our janitorial business and the foundation of our quality service.

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Kings River Flooding in Fresno County

June 21st, 2017 · No Comments


This is a panoramic view of some flooding on the Kings River, taken about 100 yards North of the Kingsburg Golf Course just days before a levee broke and the Kingsburg Golf Course was flooded.

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Celebrating 10 Years in Business

February 15th, 2016 · No Comments

Recently Tri-County Janitorial was privileged to celebrate 10 years in business. It has been and continues to be an honor to serve the cleaning and janitorial needs of businesses throughout the central San Joaquin Valley.

Reaching the 10 year milestone has encouraged us to reflect on the wonderful customers and staff who have been a part of Tri-County Janitorial’s journey thus far. We are thrilled that we have been able to provide quality cleaning services to customers consistently for the last 10 years as Tri-County Janitorial. Our longstanding customers as well as our newer customers have helped us to develop and grow into the company we are today.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank each of the companies who have allowed us to serve their cleaning and janitorial needs over the last 10 years. We are grateful for each and every customer and look forward to the opportunity to continue providing quality professional cleaning services to them and many others in the future.

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Janitorial Business and City Chamber Look for New Banks for Kingsburg

March 30th, 2015 · No Comments

Watch this excellent video from ABC30 News:

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