If a crime occurs at your home or business, there is typically no physical or mental preparation. While much of your thoughts will be consumed with the unfolding event and processing it emotionally, you will likely also be liable for the crime scene cleanup as well. OTM Restoration understands your needs during a traumatic event involving a crime and is available 24/7 to offer respectful and discreet crime scene cleanup services to restore your property back to pre- incident conditions. You can rest assured that our experienced team will take charge and work quickly to recover the scene safely and properly.
What Is Involved In Crime Scene Cleanup?
Crime scene cleanup is a term applied to forensic cleanup of blood, bodily fluids and other potentially infectious materials (OPIM). It is also referred to as biohazard remediation and forensic cleanup because crime scenes are only a portion of the situations in which biohazard cleaning is needed. 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.
It may seem reasonable to begin cleaning a trauma scene immediately, especially when it is your property. However, you will only be able to do so when law enforcement has released the scene back to you. There is no timeframe for them to adhere to and it can take some time for them to complete their investigation process.
Certain rules dictate the handling and disposal of biohazardous materials as well as how a crime 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 crime scene 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 crime scene 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.
OTM Restoration’s compassionate crime scene cleaners are dedicated to restoring your property to safety as quickly as possible. We hope to offer a small source of comfort to you in knowing that your crime scene cleanup will be handled in the most professional and esteemed manner. Call us today to discuss your crime scene cleanup needs for your home or business at 305-671-3226