Crime Scene Cleaning: Biohazard Cleanup

When it comes to cleaning it’s not one size fits all. Just like there are different types of surgeons and doctors that treat different illnesses or body parts, there are different types of cleaning companies to handle different cleanup situations.

A regular cleaning company will perform janitorial or maid services. This includes cleaning an office or a home. A biohazard cleaning company handles and contains biohazards that came(come) from living organisms.

What are biohazards?

Biohazards are a potential source of harm to people or animals. An example would be a crime scene or the scene of an unattended death. The source of harm would be the decomposing body, blood spills, or bodily fluids. Bacteria and viruses come from these sources which are harmful to people and animals.

These biohazardous wastes are broken up into 4 categories:

  • Non-sharp solid
  • Liquid
  • Pathological waste
  • Biohazardous sharps

These types of wastes require that the cleaner wear special protective equipment and a special license and permit is required to dispose of these substances.

What separates biohazard cleaning companies from regular cleaning companies?

Biohazard cleaning companies can legally dispose of biohazardous waste, they have the training to remove and handle all harmful substances and are trained in bloodborne pathogens and personal protective equipment. Regular cleaning companies are not capable of performing this type of work due to a lack of training and necessary certifications, such as legal permits.

Why can’t regular cleaning companies perform the same type of work?

Regular cleaning companies can’t and shouldn’t perform the type of work that is designated for biohazard cleaning companies. When it comes to biohazard cleanup there are steps and processes that a regular cleaning company doesn’t have the knowledge or training to perform.

This includes the following:

  • Containing and cleaning the area- Biohazard cleaning companies are trained to prevent cross-contamination while performing biohazard cleanup.
  • Sanitization-Certain measures need to be taken to prevent the risk of exposure to pathogens for people that come in contact with the cleanup site.
  • Neutralizing smells or odors stemming from cleaning the area- Biohazard companies have high-grade supplies that can perform this step.
  • Restoring to pre-event conditions- When you return to your property you want to be assured that there is no trace of the biohazard threat that once existed.

Regular cleaning companies don’t know what techniques to use to handle chemicals or fluids or where to look for any type of fluids or liquids invisible to the naked eye. They don’t have the training to perform this type of work like a biohazard cleaning company does.

Enlisting a regular cleaning company to perform biohazard cleanup, can lead to dire consequences if the company performs inadequate biohazard cleanup. If you are the owner of the property you are legally liable for this. You are putting the lives of others at risk by hiring the wrong cleaning company.

What should I look for in a biohazard cleaning company?

You want a company that is certified, trained, and specializes in this type of cleanup. You should ask for references and experiences, and steer clear of companies that are not dedicated to biohazard cleaning. This will save a lot of headaches in the long run.

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