3 Things To Understand About The Biohazard Cleanup Process

16 July 2020
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If you live somewhere that has been subjected to a bio-hazardous situation, such as the presence of human or animal blood or body parts, or excessive bodily fluids, you should not try to clean up the situation on your own. Instead, you should call in a bio-hazard team to help you clean up your property following a situation that results in a biohazardous situation, such as a traumatic accident, injury, or death.

Thing #1: Even a Little Blood is Harmful

When you are faced with a bio-hazardous situation on your property, don't downplay the level of blood and bodily fluid. Even just a few drops of blood can carry pathogens that could infect you.

Blood can soak into things, seeping through multiple layers and causing more damage than meets the eye. Blood can also become airborne and further contaminate your property, which is why you want a professional to clean up blood and bodily fluids.  

Thing #2: OSHA Standards

There is not a nation-wide certification for cleaning up a biohazardous situation.

However, OSHA standards usually apply to the cleaning-up process, which means that whoever cleans up your property will need to follow OSHA's bloodborne pathogen standards, also known as BBP. These standards are designed to keep everyone safe who may be exposed to blood or bloodborne pathogens.

These standards include things such as wearing protective clothing, gloves, and eye covers when dealing with blood or bloodborne pathogens. When you hire a biohazard clean-up service, the clean-up people should be wearing protective gear.

Thing #3: Proper Disposal

When it comes to cleaning up blood and bodily fluids, that waste can't just be put out with your normal trash. Blood and bodily fluids can carry viruses and pathogens that can survive for weeks after the blood and bodily fluids have left the body, which is why this type of waste can't just be throw in the regular trash bin.

All waste that has blood or bodily fluids on it should be put in special biohazard containers and needs to be taken away by a licensed biohazard waste hauler who will dispose of the trash properly and ensure that no one else is harmed by the waste.

When it comes to a bio-hazardous situation, such as a serious injury, accident, suicide, or even murder, don't try to clean up the scene on your own.

Bring in a bio-hazard waste clean-up team, who has the proper protective gear to keep themselves safe as they clean up your property and the skill to really get rid of all the dangerous blood and bodily fluids, and make sure they are properly disposed of.