For family members, friends, or employees, handling a crime scene cleanup can be emotionally traumatic. The cleaning of blood, body fluid, and human tissue can be more than they felt prepared to handle. That’s why crime scene cleaning is now mostly handled through specialized bio-hazard cleanup services.
Crime scene cleanup is technically referred to as CTS Decon, crime and trauma scene decontamination. It can involve anything from suicides or homicides to chemically contaminated scenes in labs. The job of the trained bio-hazard cleaner is to return the crime scene to its pre-incident state.
The c¬leaners’ job involves removing all signs of accident or violence that may have resulted from said incident. Since Federal regulations constitute any signs or body fluids from a crime scene to be biohazards, all blood and human tissue must be completely cleansed. This includes the removal, disinfecting, and disposing of waste. Most importantly, however, in order to carry out this job, workers are required to have permits that allow them to transport and dispose of all biohazard waste.
Most of the workers in this field come from medical fields. This is logical, considering the gory details of the job which would make most people turn green. Some of these workers have past medical experience as EMTs or emergency room nurses. However, it is interesting to note that some workers actually come from a construction background. Sometimes crime scene clean up can entail removing walls or tearing out part of edifice structures. When it comes down to it, the only real requirement for a crime scene cleaner is a strong stomach.
Since cleaning a crime scene can be both nauseating and emotionally draining, it is better to hire a professional to take care of it. Not only can it help you avoid the grief if handling it by yourself, but it would be safer from a medical point of view. Crime-scene cleaning entails a variety of messy situations, each with its fair share of danger. Unless you have been properly trained, you run the risk of being contaminated.
Hiring a qualified and professional bio-hazard cleanup company can also avoid you legal issues you might not have been otherwise aware of. Although it may be tempted to downplay the risk of a lawsuit, the reality of the situation is that a bio-hazard company is the most qualified to handle the entire burden of the legal liability that may ensue. It is important to avoid legal issues with the OSHA Blood-borne Pathogens Rules and state sanitary codes.
Being involved with bio-hazard cleaning is not something to be taken lightly. It requires professional training so as to ensure the safety of all people involved. Hiring a bio-hazard cleanup company is safest method to avoid any risk of contamination.