Little to no thought is probably put into how a crime scene is cleaned up, but what does happen if your home or business is the location of a violent crime? Once the initial shock has worn off and police investigators have completed their reports, the scene that is leftover can be a dangerous mess to contend with.
While it may seem logical that the police may be responsible for the cleanup, that is not the case. After a crime scene has been processed, it is the responsibility of the property owner to clean the area. Unfortunately, it is not as simple as grabbing a mop bucket and cleaning away. There are proper sanitation and biohazard waste protocols that must be followed to ensure the safety of those remaining on the property. Using an experienced professional to handle a crime scene cleanup becomes not only necessary but can also be a steady source of comfort to navigate this unsettling time.
Crime scene cleaners are called bioremediation or forensic cleaners. They are experts in sanitation and biohazard waste. When cleaning a crime scene, there are many rules and regulations that must be adhered to including waste disposal, the use of proper equipment, reporting and methods of cleaning. Your friends and family or a general cleaning company are not prepared for undertaking this kind of comprehensive problem safely or effectively.
The unfortunate truth is that human waste can be dangerous. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), blood can be one of the most dangerous substances to clean up. This is because it contains many kinds of diseases and blood-borne viruses. Some of these diseases include HIV, various forms of Hepatitis, as well as many other dangerous pathogens. The trouble with blood is that these pathogens can stay in the blood and live for days or even longer, so the danger of cross-contamination is very high.
A company that specializes in forensic cleanup will save you from a lot of pain and problems as they are properly trained to handle the crime scene with the utmost care. They are certified in blood-borne pathogen and chemical exposure, which will prevent accidental infection and cross-contamination. They also use specialized protective equipment that includes special biohazard suits, respiratory equipment and double layers of gloves.
Another thing that bioremediation experts specialize in is cross-contamination prevention. The most advanced and up to date cleanup techniques are facilitated to prevent any diseases from spreading. Bio-tape and plastic sheeting are typically used to separate contaminated areas from other parts of the building, which will protect the public from getting infected and protect the property owner against litigation from potential damages. Not only will they handle and dispose of dangerous biohazardous materials properly, but they will ensure that the contaminants are disposed in approved disposal sites. Finally, technicians will use industrial-grade cleaning products to ensure that the crime scene is properly sanitized. Once complete, cutting-edge technology will be used to ensure that no lingering contaminates have survived.
If you want to make sure that you or your company are protected after an unfortunate crime scene, do yourself a favor and call a professional. This will protect you from getting hurt or potentially sued for negligence or improper disposal. Call a professional today!
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