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What is biohazard cleanup? This cleanup helps protect people from hazardous materials plus chemicals and bodily fluids. It is mainly performed during routine medical procedures when unhealthy hygiene affects a home and after particular traumatic incidents. Professionals will do the job perfectly and keep people safe. 

Biohazard clean-up is needed whenever toxic, infectious, or radioactive materials are at a scene. Such cases include;

  • Suicide cleanup
  • Cleaning up a crime scene
  • Death cleanup
  • Disposal of medical waste in research facilities and hospitals
  • Drug production or hoarding in a contaminated building
  • Chemical and teargas cleanup

Regardless of the biohazard involved, it should always be left to professionals. The professionals help contain dangerous substances and infectious diseases. Homes can be cleaned and transformed through biohazard cleanup. The traumatic place is also turned into safe spaces through biohazard clean-up.

Types of Biohazardous Materials

Many types of biohazardous materials have their dangers and preferred cleanup factors. Here are the 4 most common types;

  1. Sharp Biohazards

These include sharp objects that may puncture you if not handled with care. They should be properly discarded. Example include;

  • Scalpels
  • Broken Glass
  • Microscope slides
  • Needles
  1. Solid Biohazards

Solid biohazards are the non-sharp materials that humans contaminate. Examples of these biohazards include;

  • Towels
  • Latex Gloves
  • Bedding
  • Tissues
  • Plastic Materials
  • Personal Protective equipment
  1. Liquid Biohazards

The biohazards refer to toxic liquid materials that can be scooped and kept in closed containers. In other instances, small amounts of liquid biohazards may be classified as solids as they can be cleaned with a piece of cloth. Examples include;

  • Blood
  • Chemicals
  • Vomit
  • Bodily Fluids
  • Urine
  1. Pathological Biohazards

These are materials that have a high chance of containing very infectious diseases. You can find them after a medical procedure like surgery or found at a trauma scene. Examples include;

  • Human and animal Organs
  • Body parts 
  • Body tissues

The best instance to illustrate this is the Hepatitis B disease. The disease pathogens can remain active for seven days outside the human body. If you contact it during blood cleanup, you can get the disease. 

There are strict protocols on how to dispose of pathological wastes. Typically, they are treated with chemicals or incinerated.

Biohazard Cleanup Procedure

Professionals involved in biohazard cleanup follow strict procedures. The process helps turn a trauma scene into a safe space of the highest standard possible. This should be left for companies with extensive experience and training. A DIY approach is not recommended at all in this process.

Step 1; Assessing the Situation

The team of experts will walk into the scene. They will then determine the appropriate action to take while also following OSHA mandates and protocols.

Step 2; Scene Control

The next step for the professionals is to contain the scene with biohazards. This will prevent the spread of potential organisms and pathogens. OSHA, CDC, and EPA have strict guidelines used to protect the scene. 

Step 3; Biohazard Waste Removal

The next step is to remove all the physical traces of biohazardous waste. The waste may include feces, body fluids, blood, and urine. This should be done carefully and properly. 

Step 4; Disinfecting and applying Deodorizer

The professionals use disinfectants and deodorizers to clean the scenes. They will eliminate the stains, remove infectious diseases and neutralize the scene odor. Normally, no evidence remains after this step. 

Step 5; Post- Clean up Safety Check

This is the final safety check to ensure everything is in place.  A restoration company will use special testing technology to confirm that all the contaminants are eliminated. 

Equipment required for Biohazard Cleanup

Biohazard cleanup should never be attempted by an individual. This is because of the dangerous nature of biohazards. Here are some of the equipment to help in the cleanup.

  1. Proper Protective Equipment

It is important to stay safe during biohazard cleanup. Professionals who take part in such processes are given personal protective equipment (PPE). They are designed and equipped just for biohazard cleanup. Such equipment includes full-face respirators and hazmat suits. 

  1. Efficient Cleaning Products

Normal cleaning products are not always the best to completely disinfect a place. The most effective products are used in places affected by biohazard materials. The cleaning products clean up to a microscopic level. 

  1. Proper Disposal Supplies

Biohazard materials should be properly kept in containers to avoid spreading pathogens. These supplies may include; sealable bags, containers, and hazmat gear. They will help the experts clean, store, and transport biohazards to appropriate facilities. 

Biohazard cleanup experts need to have an established disposal process to keep everything in order. A proper procedure ensures human beings’ safety by removing biohazard materials. These materials are harmful, and contact with them should be minimized as much as possible. 

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