Do you know how to respond if you have to deal with a biohazard cleanup? At STOP, we are experts in complex cleanups, and we’re here to break down the biohazard cleaning process for you!
The biohazard cleanup process is significantly different from a fire or water damage cleanup. Not only does the biohazard cleanup pose risks for the health and safety of those who clean the property and who reside in it, but it also demands a degree of special training that very few people have.
Continue reading to find out more about the biohazard cleanup process.
Step #1 – Initial Inspection
When a biohazard cleanup team first arrives, they will evaluate the scene to determine the type and amount of biohazard contamination. This allows them to select the appropriate disinfectants that can achieve desired results during the cleanup.
Technicians generally choose hospital-grade cleaners and disinfectants that have received Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registration and are proven to be effective against enveloped and non-enveloped viruses. These disinfectants typically include –
- EPA registered disinfectants proven to be effective against HBV and HIV
- EPA registered tuberculocidal disinfectants
- FDA approved disinfectants and sterilant
- Diluted bleach solutions.
Step #2 – Cleanup and Comprehensive Disinfection
If the cleanup team suspects that blood and bodily fluids present at the incident site carry infection, they will take immediate action to disinfect the entire property. Additionally, they will isolate the contaminated site until all biohazard work is completed, minimizing the risk of infection.
Once the preliminary cleanup and disinfection are completed, the second round of the decontamination process is conducted to make sure all biohazard materials are completely eliminated.
They also use their expertise and experience to avoid procedures that might be counterproductive. For instance, experts steer clear from using water sprays during cleanup as such processes can disseminate biohazards to other areas.
Step #3 – Removing Odors
Several people mistakenly believe that a biohazard cleanup is complete once the site appears as it did before the incident. However, even if a spot does appear immaculately clean, there can be microscopic bacteria present that can result in odors. Such odors arent only unpleasant but can be dangerous to the health of those who inhale them. The resulting bacterial growth can even lead to property damage over time.
Step #4 – Disposal of Waste
The subsequent challenge a cleanup team has to manage entails the proper disposal of biohazardous waste. Experts will ensure that the standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) related to blood-borne bacteria and viruses are followed during the disposal of biohazard waste.
Biohazard waste cleanup experts also meticulously follow the guidelines laid out by the transportation department of the local governing body handling and disposing of biohazard waste to prevent the risk of contamination to uncontaminated areas.
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