When facing the aftermath of death, accidents, or crime, there is a high chance of hazardous waste being left behind. Biohazard removal is an extremely delicate and complex process that requires the expertise of a biohazard cleanup company. Substances such as blood, fecal matter, or other materials can cause damage to both the property and individuals who come in contact with them. Because of this, it’s best to call technicians with the knowledge and experience to remove hazardous materials. To better understand this process, here are four simplified steps of the biohazard removal process and what to expect from each.
Assess the Situation:
Completing an initial walkthrough and OSHA-mandated assessment of the scene is an essential first step in the biohazard removal process. Not all biohazards are treated the same and must be properly identified before removal or treatment begins. For example, mold, death, and blood cleanup are a bit more complex and require a professional company with access to personal protective equipment (PPE).
Control the Affected Area:
Especially relevant in situations where cross-contamination or spreading of hazardous material is possible, separating the affected area from other parts of a structure helps reduce the risk of spreading and further damage.
Remove Biohazardous Materials:
Arguably, the most dangerous and crucial step in the biohazard removal process is removing all visible traces of hazardous waste. This can include but is not limited to:
- Human bodily fluids
- Medical waste
- Viruses and Bacteria
To ensure that no hazardous material is left behind, professional companies will often use specialized tools and equipment to help them locate and remove biohazards thoroughly. The removal step is a challenging, time-consuming, and labor-intensive task that can grow more complex when dealing with situations involving death. Professionals are trained to be experts at removing any biohazards while maintaining compassion for the property owners.
Clean, Disinfect, Deodorize:
Once the physical biohazardous remnants have been removed from the affected area, it’s important to disinfect surfaces throughout the property. Using EPA-rated disinfectants or other professional-grade decontaminants is highly recommended if not required for this step.
Hazardous Waste Removal with Biotrauma
Our trained technicians apply OSHA and EPA-certified techniques to properly clean up waste and ensure safe disposal. We ensure there is no exposure to biohazards that can transmit disease and lead to adverse health conditions.
Please contact Biotrauma today. We are available 24 hours a day and will respond throughout the Southeast area to provide service for all of your hazardous waste disposal needs.