Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Safety When Handling Biological Waste

Safety When Handling Biological Waste

Generally, the most important reason to hire a professional cleanup crew when dealing with biological waste is the danger posed by bodily fluids and residue. Aside from any squeamishness you may feel when dealing with biological remains, improper cleanup of biological contamination can be a huge health hazard. If things are not cleaned completely and sanitized thoroughly, you could put yourself or family members at risk of disease or health problems. Abiohazard. Professionals will always use the appropriate cleanup gear to protect themselves, and will also have all equipment that is needed to properly sanitize an area, leaving no trace.  Here are a few of the risks of cleaning up biohazard scenes if you are not properly prepared.

additionally, if you rent out a space, you could be liable if you expose your tenants to a biohazard. Professionals will always use the appropriate cleanup gear to protect themselves, and will also have all equipment that is needed to properly sanitize an area, leaving no trace.  Here are a few of the risks of cleaning up biohazard scenes if you are not properly prepared.

Disease Transmission

Exchange of bodily fluids with an infected person is a huge and potent vector for disease transmission. Generally, the fluid that poses the most risk to others is blood. The CDC recommends strict caution be taken when dealing with the blood of any person. Exposure could put you at risk for exposure to viruses like HIV, hepatitis, and more. However, many different bodily fluids can transmit disease. While your skin protects you, all it takes is a small unnoticed cut somewhere on your skin for an infection to take place. And for some infections such as HIV, there are no cures available once it has had time to establish itself. Don’t spend the rest of your life regretting trying to clean up a biohazard without the proper training or equipment.

Liability and Long Term Safety

Even if you get through the cleanup without being infected, you are not out of the woods yet. If you did not manage to completely decontaminate the area, you leave open the possibility of future problems stemming from the contamination. Sometimes, less than obvious areas will need to be sanitized. If you are a landlord, the last thing you want is a lawsuit from a tenant who has been infected or exposed to a biohazard as a result of your negligence. And proper cleanup is not just sanitation, but also the removal of unpleasant smells and any other evidence that there was ever a biohazard present. Access to the proper tools and training is critical in quickly and effectively eliminating all residual traces of the biological debris. Take the time to contact and employ a professional to ensure that none of these unpleasant scenarios become a reality for you. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

OSHA Approved Clean up of Contaminated Sharps

OSHA Approved Clean up of Contaminated Sharps

 OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) regulates the proper disposal of contaminated sharp objects. Bloodborne diseases present on contaminated sharps are a hazard to those that handle them. Removal of the sharps potentially exposes workers to diseases such as HPV, HBV and HCV. Although needles are the first item that most people think of, sharps include scalpels, broken glass, capillary tubes and the exposed ends of dental wires. If any of these sharp objects have been contaminated by blood or other human fluids, OSHA requires that the cleanup procedure follow specific rules. 

Due to the length of complexity of the regulations, it is often a good idea to call a professional clean up company. These companies know how to handle sharp devices. OSHA requires that mechanical devices or a one handed "scooping" technique be used for removing sharps from an area. Professional cleaners may have a mechanical device that can remove the sharp from the area or they might be trained in the proper "scooping technique." 

Other OSHA regulations prevent sharps handlers from breaking or shearing sharps. Professional cleaners understand how to avoid accidentally breaking sharps. Bending, recapping and removing sharps are only allowable for specific medical and dental procedures. Professional cleaners can help companies comply with these regulations during clean-up. 

Professional clean up companies also provide OSHA approved containers for storing contaminated sharps. These containers, which must be bright red in color, are also puncture-proof and leak proof. They must also be able to close to prevent liquids from spilling out of the container. Cleaning companies have processes in place to make sure that the containers are not overfilled. When removing sharps from the storage container, professional cleaning companies follow strict regulations. Workers are not allowed to stick their hands into the storage containers to remove any sharps. Professional clean up companies have processes in place to avoid these scenarios. 

Some employers do have processes in place to handle routine use of sharps. For example, hospitals often have the proper disposal containers available for needles. Doctors and nurses are trained to properly dispose sharps into these containers. However, many areas that have been contaminated by sharps are not part of the routine. Suicides, murders and drug labs are an example. In these cases, there is typically no one within the building that is trained to handle any sharps that remain on the scene. In these cases, it is often a good practice to call a professional clean up company trained in the OSHA regulated handling of sharps.

The Importance of Compassion in Biohazard Clean Up

The Importance of Compassion in Biohazard Cleanup

One of the most jarring and painful things about suicides, deaths, or crime that produces biohazard is the contrast between the devastation of the loss or damage, and the demands of life. As anyone who has experienced a loss knows, it often feels absurd or surreal to have to deal with the messy reality of cleanup for one of these experiences. That is why one of the best things to do in a time of loss is to seek professional assistance. While not all biohazard cleanups occur after a painful loss, this article will focus on situations where a death or injury has left a mess.

Securing professional assistance in cleanup has two main focuses. Biohazard Cleanup focuses on ensuring that our customers are able to forego additional traumatic experiences, and forego potential health hazards. Both of these are critical services that can dramatically help to ease the healing process. In a time of grief, we know that a return to normalcy can help expedite healing. Taking care of the cleanup in a professional and complete manner can help those affected to return to their lives without unpleasant memories of the cleanup dominating their minds. Additionally, the professionals responding to the scene will be experienced and compassionate. They understand the trauma that follows a loss, and this experience will help them to serve you.

I have found that providing services discreetly and professionally makes a difference to our customers. We know that in times of loss, it is important that we show up quickly and quietly, perform our business thoroughly and unobtrusively, and exit as quickly as possible. We understand that it is our job to provide an as minimally invasive or painful experience as possible for our customers. We take this responsibility seriously, and will evaluate your needs on a case by case basis. Working closely with our customers to create a plan that will meet their needs is an integral part of every call we receive. No two cases are alike, and we are always willing to talk with you to create an understanding about how to best serve you. So before you decide to take on a challenging and potentially disturbing task, consider your needs as well. If we are able to relieve our customers of potentially traumatic experiences, then we consider it a job well done. I feel a strong sense of pride from the ability to help those who have gone through a loss.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Crime Scene Cleanup Lakeland, FL

Bio Scene Clean Up has been providing Crime Scene Cleanup in Lakeland, FL and surrounding cities for decades.  Crime Scene Investigations are much more complex than what most of us see on popular television shows like “CSI”.

When a crime occurs, responders who perform the investigation appear and isolate the crime scene to look for evidence.  This process can take hours, days or even weeks depending on the nature of the crime. Investigators sometimes comb every inch of a scene looking for evidence that will help prove what actually happened, especially if there are no witnesses to the crime. In searching for these clues the potential for scattering dangerous biohazards occurs. In some instances, what starts off being a small area can become an expanded scene with many different types of biohazards.

If blood or other bodily fluids are present as a result of a crime, the chances of spreading biohazards to other parts of the scene are likely.  Pathogens from a crime scene can be redistributed by footsteps, medical waste being moved, dried blood becoming airborne particles and more.  These types of scenes need professional crime scene cleanup services provided by Bio Scene Clean Up.  Once investigators and emergency personnel have completed their investigation, the scenes are usually then turned over to the person who owns the scene or a friend or family member.

Investigators and emergency responders do not clean up these crime scenes. If you are not experienced in crime scene biohazard cleanup, call the professionals at Bio Scene Clean Up. We maintain all of the necessary equipment and certifications to perform safe, thorough crime scene cleanup in Lakeland or surrounding areas.  Even if the crime scene doesn’t appear to have biohazards, fingerprint dust and other methods used for the purpose of investigating a crime scene may be potentially harmful. Bio Scene Clean Up technicians are experienced in the safe cleanup and remediation of crime scenes and through the use of specialized equipment and cleaning process are able to discover even trace elements of biohazards that may not be visible to the human eye.

It is not possible for untrained individuals to know about all of the possibilities of biohazards associated with crime scene cleanup. The services we provide are meant to help protect you and others who may be involved with these types of scenes.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Blood Biohazard Cleanup Services Tampa Palms, FL

At some point during our lives it’s inevitable that we must deal with blood clean up from a trauma, death or some form of accident. Bio Scene Clean Up provides blood cleanup service in Tampa Palms, FL and surrounding cities.

When blood leaves the body it eventually dries. Depending on the type of surface that the blood is on depends on how long the drying process is.  Blood leaves the body in liquid format and then begins clotting where the potential of particles flaking can create serious biohazard risks. Clotting can happen in as little as fifteen minutes and the dried flakes can become airborne (depending on the blood scene scenario) spreading potentially dangerous biohazards to other areas away from where the blood spill occurred.

In most cases the medical conditions of the person who’s experienced a trauma or death causing blood spills are not known. If you are the person responsible for blood cleanup services, it’s important that you know the risks associated with cleanup and hire Bio Scene Clean Up, a Tampa Palms Blood Cleanup company to safely clean and sanitize the biohazard area.  Once blood leaves the body, there are many factors that cause blood to quickly become a dangerous biohazard. Our technicians are experienced in blood cleanup  and biohazard removal services.  Our company maintains the proper permits and equipment necessary to perform blood cleanup services in compliance with State and Federal guidelines. If you are unfamiliar with these protocols, you are putting yourself and others at risk. You may also be subject to strict fines and penalties if you perform an improper biohazard cleanup.

If you find yourself being faced with the responsibility of cleaning up blood from a trauma, accident or death scene, contact Bio Scene Clean Up immediately for assistance. We offer emergency dispatch services for blood cleanup in Tampa Palms, FL and are familiar with payment assistance options that may help cover the costs of our services.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

How to get rid of a biohazard mattress?

Frequently we receive calls from clients asking about mattress disposal and what exactly constitutes a biohazard situation that would require professional disposal.  Bio Scene Clean Up provides biohazard cleanup and waste disposal in Lakeland, Florida.

Most people don’t understand that anytime blood or bodily fluids come in contact with a mattress there is the potential for a dangerous biohazard situation.  Blood, urine, fecal matter and other bodily fluids can all contain infectious diseases that must be properly cleaned.  Blood and bodily fluids once dried can become airborne and are able to be ingested by normal breathing by anyone in the affected area.  Because these scenarios are usually related to trauma, crime or medical circumstances, you cannot just sit a mattress out for normal garbage collection.  Doing so risks the health of the workers who collect garbage, the area where the mattress is stored while waiting for garbage pick up and even the disposal site.

Blood and bodily fluids can cause horrific odors and attract the presence of bugs and insects for weeks after an incident occurs.  Bio Scene Clean Up uses industrial chemicals to properly clean and disinfect these types of scenes.

Proper mattress disposal would include our cutting away the area affected with the biohazard, sealing the waste in proper biohazard bags or containers and taking the waste to a facility that is certified in the proper disposal of biohazard waste, usually be incineration.  Because biohazards are found in many forms related to the human body, it is always best to consult with a biohazard cleanup company like Bio Scene Clean Up to ensure that mattresses are properly disposed of.

Contact our office for more information on how are services can keep you safe in the event of a biohazard accident. Our technicians are certified and will be able to help you decide which method of disposal is right for your scenario.

Monday, May 16, 2016

What exactly is emergency response?

Bio Scene Clean Up  provides emergency biohazard cleanup from Crime, Death, Trauma and Blood Scenes.  Each scene we clean has a different set of circumstances, so how do you know what is really a situation that requires emergency response.  The short answer is, almost every case involving blood, bodily fluids and other matter from these types of scenes is a potentially dangerous environment for people.

If you are responsible for the cleanup of a blood or biohazard scene and there are other people living in the home or it’s a workplace with employees in the same area, this would constitute an emergency response need.  If there is a trauma, blood spill or medical biohazard situation in an area that is closed off from contact with anyone, or a scene like an undiscovered death where the area can be quarantined, then it is easier for companies like Bio Scene Clean Up to schedule a non-emergency cleanup.

Any time you are faced with the responsibility of having to have a biohazard scene cleaned and materials removed, you run the risk of exposing yourself and others to potentially dangerous pathogens that can be harmful to your health and in certain cases, even fatal. People who are not certified in biohazard cleanup and removal should never attempt to remediate a scene themselves.  Improper cleaning can easily spread potentially dangerous biohazards to other people or areas.

Out trained, professional staff is experienced in certified biohazard cleanup and we maintain the necessary equipment and cleanup protocols that help protect our clients from these types of liabilities. If you experience a trauma, crime or other blood and biohazard situation, contact us for more information. We will ask a series of questions that will help determine if you need emergency cleanup services or just standard cleaning and biohazard removal.