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Biotrauma trains deploying Marines on Biohazard Cleanup

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Biotrauma trains deploying Marines on Biohazard Cleanup

crime scene cleanup companyThursday June 18, 2009 – Biotrauma, crime scene cleanup company, officer Benjamin Lichtenwalner and Crew Supervisor David Walker visited the Marines of PRP (Personnel Recovery and Processing) to talk about procedural improvements in the areas of decontamination, biohazard cleanup, and PPE usage for those Marines performing mortuary affairs duties overseas. Classes were held on June 18th, 2009 which also gave Marines insight into structural decontamination, of which they were unaccustomed to. PRP Marines typically search for, recover, transport, and document the remains of fallen servicemen overseas, but sometimes are also called to serve in a cleanup capacity. Given their adaptive nature, Biotrauma thoguht it wise to share their knowledge on structural cleanup procedures, should the Marines be asked to perform that sort of work.Biotrauma gives many thanks to their Marine counterparts, as we had our start in the Corps performing biohazard cleanup. We will continue to assist in the training of new Marines, and ultimately safeguarding our troops’ physical and psychological well being.

Biohazard Cleanup Equipment

Over the past 10 years, billions of dollars have been doled out to states for biohazard cleanup equipment in order to prepare themselves against biohazards and bioterrorism. Specific types of emergencies can include anthrax, smallpox, chemical emergencies, natural disasters and radiation emergencies. Each situation would include different types of biohazard cleaning equipment. Read more

Blood Spill Cleanup

Workers can be at risk of being exposed to blood borne pathogens such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS. The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has guidelines and standards that apply to blood borne pathogens and blood spill cleanup of the contaminated area. According to the CDC, hepatitis B virus can survive for at least one week in dried blood. The virus may survive on environmental surfaces, contaminated needles and/or instruments. Read more

Biohazard Cleanup Laws

Biohazard cleanup laws are imposed by multiple agencies in order to protect the public’s health and safety. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is one of the agencies that set standards in biohazard cleanup laws. According to the OSHA standard CFR 29 1910.1030, “personnel associated with the biological clean up must be trained, immunized and properly equipped to do so”. Most states will license or permit a company through their local health departments. Cleanup companies have to abide by the biohazard cleanup laws in their jurisdiction. Read more