Unfortunately, there are quite a few circumstances where biohazard cleaning services are necessary, which as a probable unfamiliar instance, can cause many questions and concerns to arise. Attempting to perform biohazard cleanup on your own may seem reasonable, especially if it is a property you own, but there are specific standards and protocols to follow that you are prone to be unaware of. Dealing with blood, human or animal remains or chemical spills requires the background and experience, as well as the complete knowledge of the regulations that govern handling such an incident. As soon as the scene is released to you, OTM Restoration is available to provide respectful and discreet biohazard remediation services to your home or business. We understand the professionalism and comfort you are in need of, particularly if your biohazard clean up involves a crime scene cleanup.
What Is Involved In Biohazard Cleanup?
Biohazard scene cleanup is a term applied to forensic cleanup of blood, bodily fluids and other potentially infectious materials (OPIM). Incidents which may require this type of cleanup include accidents, suicide (or attempted suicide), homicides and decomposition after unattended death, as well as mass trauma, industrial accidents, infectious disease contamination, animal biohazard contamination (e.g. feces or blood) or regulated waste transport, treatment and disposal. Interior materials including flooring, carpet, walls and furniture may need to be removed and properly disposed of to comply with regulations. Very detailed, specific records and documentation will also need to be taken for state or federal requirements.
Certain rules dictate the handling and disposal of biohazardous materials as well as how a trauma scene should be cleaned. States, municipalities and federal authorities such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) create regulations that must be followed.
Distance: Enduring a traumatic event is distressing enough. Having to clean up the aftermath can be triggering and emotional. It can be worthwhile to establish some distance between yourself and the scene to begin to healthily move forward.
Experience/ Training: While there may be no formal licenses or certifications to possess in order to complete a biohazard cleanup, there are definite regulations that must be followed, which are likely unknown to anyone outside of the industry. Having a background and understanding of how to handle such a situation is preferred in order to ensure the job is performed safely and correctly.
Chemical PPE Access: The chemicals, cleaning solutions and personal protective equipment necessary to perform a biohazard cleaning safely and effectively are not as readily available to those not in the industry. Attempting to use any other substitutes can result in less than sanitary results with higher risk of contamination and disease susceptibility.
If a serious incident requiring hazmat cleanup occurs in your home or business, OTM Restoration is ready 24/7 to clean the scene, safely and properly dispose of biohazardous material and decontaminate the interior. Call us today to discuss your biohazard cleanup needs for your home or business at 305-671-3226