When a tragedy occurs, there are so many things to process and consider in the aftermath, probably least of which is cleaning up the scene after a traumatic event. However, in most cases, it is the responsibility of the property owner to clean the area once law enforcement and emergency responders have cleared their investigation. Trauma scene cleanup can involve blood, bodily fluids and tissue, which require distinct standards and protocols to follow regarding technique and cleaning chemicals. The affected area will be cleaned, biohazardous materials will be carefully and correctly disposed of and a thorough decontamination of the space will be conducted. Relying on the professionals not only becomes necessary but can also be reassuring, knowing that your property will be restored to pre-trauma conditions in the proper way. OTM Restoration’s experts are on call and available 24/7 to offer the sensitivity and professionalism needed to handle your trauma scene cleaning needs.
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 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.
Trauma Scene Cleanup Can Be Used For
● Work Accidents
● Traffic Collision
● Personal Injury
● Accidental Death
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 trauma 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 trauma 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.
After enduring a traumatic event, you need comfort and professional help to take action. OTM Restoration understands what a difficult time this can be and is committed to returning you back to order in the most safe, respectful and discreet manner. Call us today to discuss your trauma scene cleanup needs for your home or business at 305-671-3226