Why Use a Biohazard Company to Clean up Trauma Scenes and Animal Deaths?
Crime scenes, suicides, animal deaths, trauma scenes, unattended deaths – these are all traumatic events for everyone involved. Dealing with the aftermath can leave psychological scars that can last a lifetime, and it’s understandable that nobody wants to have to take on that job (for all the most obvious reasons). That’s where a biohazard cleanup company comes in.
A Few Facts About Biohazard Cleanup
Many people don’t know that police departments or fire squads do not perform biohazard or crime scene cleanup, and do not have a detail that’s dedicated to this type of work. That’s why it’s important to have a professional, licensed biohazard cleanup crew come in.
According to federal regulations, any bodily fluids are potentially infectious and are thus considered biohazards. A professional cleanup crew is trained in how to handle these biohazards, including where and how to find them and how to transport and dispose of them. This requires in-depth training and a set of permits and certifications. Biohazard cleanup companies will also be equipped with personal protective gear that includes one-time-use gloves and suits, filtered respirators, chemical-spill boots and specialized cleaning supplies. In addition, they may often use hospital-strength deodorizers and disinfectants, an ozone machine, a no-touch cleaning system, chemical treatment tank, truck-mounted steam injection gear and 55-gallon hazardous waste containers.
Biohazard Remediation: Making Sure A Contaminated Area Is Safe Again
Just because an area looks clean doesn’t mean it’s sanitized and safe. There will still be pathogens that could make people sick and remain infectious for months or even years. That’s why a thorough cleanup can take anywhere from a couple of hours to a week.
A cleaning crew will use a diluted bleach disinfectant solution (one part bleach/nine parts water) on hard surfaces like tile or wood floors. The solution is applied and left to sit for 20 minutes, then removed with cleaning materials that are then bleached and air-dried after the task is finished. In the case of carpeting, it’s often best to replace it completely after a large blood spill. For smaller spills, the blood can be contained and removed, then the carpet is sanitized with a steam cleaner. Upholstered cloth furniture needs to have its covering removed and laundered, then disinfected and dried. Often, things like mattresses, carpeting and furniture cannot be completely cleaned and disinfected and will need to be safely disposed of.
In some cases, such as a decomposed body, it may be necessary to remove the carpeting, carpet backing, floor, subfloor and even parts of the walls to perform a thorough cleanup and eliminate any health hazards. This is especially true in the event of a meth lab cleanup, as the hazardous chemicals in meth compounds might permeate a home to the extent that it needs to be partially or completely gutted.
Trauma Scene Cleanup: How Professionals Can Help Protect Your Psychological Well-Being
After a loved one has died in an accident, crime scene or unattended death, it’s easy to feel as though the entire world has come apart. It’s important that you find the help you need, whether it’s talking to a therapist or clergyman or close friend, or spending time with the police’s Victim’s Services counselors. No two people process grief in the same way or at the same pace.
Your psychological health is an important consideration in this process. The team will seal off the area and not allow anyone else in until the job and the cleanup is complete. In the wake of losing a loved one, you will need to put your energies toward your mental well-being and spending time with family and friends who can offer mutual support for each other, and not cleaning up an emotionally devastating scene.
Any attempt to clean up a blood spill or trauma scene can be devastating to your emotional state, especially if you knew or were related to the deceased. Biohazard and crime scene remediation technicians are trained to do this stressful, difficult job with compassion, respect, and empathy while not becoming emotionally involved in the situation.
In a troubling, traumatic situation such as a suicide, trauma or homicide, these are all good reasons to leave the aftermath up to a qualified biohazard cleanup company. It’s important not only for your mental state but for your health and well-being. Certified, experienced biohazard cleanup companies specialize in this work and can help you get the peace of mind you need to deal with any other outcomes while you handle the personal details and your own emotions.