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The police, fire department and crime-scene investigators who arrive at a crime scene perform crucial tasks in the aftermath of a death. But they don’t, as a general rule, clean up. The cleaning is ultimately left up to the family or loved ones. In the past, these types of cleanups would be washed up by a simple garden hose and towel, mopped up with household chemicals, or at the very best cleaned by the mortician.

In 1970, under President Nixon, the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA) was passed. Under this legislation, employers were to be held responsible for worker safety and their exposure to bloodborne pathogens. Although OSHA had regulation for employees contact and exposure, there was no agency to protect the home/business owners from improper cleaning procedures and illegal dumping of biohazardous medical waste. Throughout the years, OSHA and ADEQ have raised the standards for the Crime Scene Cleaning Georgia (CSC) Industry and filtered out unqualified construction, restoration, and carpet cleaning companies. As more and more of these companies stopped offering CSC because of the extensive training and compliance required by State and Federal agencies, a niche industry was born.

The CSC Industry is becoming a vital ally to police depts., fire depts., constables, property management companies, body shops, funeral homes and various state agencies, such as victims witness and homicide survivors. After a tragic incident, it is helpful to have someone unattached from the family clean the scene as it can create painful memories. Customers will have peace of mind that the scene is properly disinfected and free of any infectious diseases. CSC companies keep businesses OSHA compliant by preventing exposure of bloodborne pathogens to untrained employees.

Each state has their own rules and regulations for CSC companies. A CSC company must possess a contractor’s license from the State Registrar of Contractors. The contractor’s license is required because biohazardous waste cannot be removed from many common household building materials. For example, drywall, carpet, permanent fixtures, and other porous materials must be removed if contaminated. Secondly, a Biohazardous Medical Waste Transportation License from ADEQ or the use of a licensed waste transporter is required. Without this license, biohazardous waste cannot be properly disposed at certified facilities. CSC companies are also required to be OSHA compliant. This includes bloodborne pathogen (BBP) training, respiratory fit testing, and training, written BBP exposure control plan, and providing a method to remove and properly store biohazardous waste. Lastly, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires companies to use EPA approved chemicals for the removal and decontamination of biohazardous waste.

The largest issue within the CSC industry is illegal dumping. Within the ramifications for transport, there is an underlying grey area. A company is required to possess a Biohazardous Medical Waste Transportation License or have a licensed waste transporter pick up the waste. Since most CSC jobs happen after the hour’s transportation companies are open, CSC companies who use a transporter and get a call after hours are faced with a decision. A) Pass the job onto a properly licensed company, or B) Illegally transport and dump waste. If biohazardous waste is illegally transported, it is usually illegally dumped. Proper disposal facilities will not accept waste from anyone other than a licensed transporter. Through the research of OSHA, ADEQ and EPA, we know the dangers of illegal dumping. Hepatitis can remain dormant for up to a year and is reactivated with just a drop of water. If biohazardous waste containing hepatitis is illegally dumped and made its way to a water supply, we could see a mass outbreak in our city.

Bio-Solutions Emergency Cleaning Services was created to be a guiding light in a dark industry. Not only do they possess all the required licenses, meet or exceed OSHA, ADEQ and EPA requirements, but Bio Solutions also extensively trains employees in grief counseling and trauma intervention.

The Dirty Details of Blood Cleanup

Most people who have watched any television crime show have learned, if you want to clean up a large amount of blood, you can use bleach, and lots of it! Using bleach gets rid of all traces of blood on non-porous surfaces like a bathtub. Unfortunately, this is not the only thing that needs to be done when do blood cleanup due to a death or major accident. Not only do the traces of blood need to be removed, but the area also needs to be decontaminated. This is the piece that is missing when individuals attempt the cleaning process on their own. Anytime there is the presence of blood, there is the potential for infection by those who must handle it. Because of this, clean-up crews wear protective gear. They bring with them a variety of tools to help them do their jobs. They may have an ozone machine to get rid of any odors in the air. This would be necessary if a body has been decomposing for a significant period of time. They also use hospital grade disinfectants like bleach and hydrogen peroxide. The chemical that they used, like deodorizers, are all going to be industrial strength. They also need things to break down blood like an enzyme solvent. And, there are the tools for a no touch cleaning system like heavy duty sprayers, long scrubbing brushes and wet vacuums. Razor blades are used to cut out carpet. Shovels are needed for scooping large amounts of coagulated blood. Steam injection machines are used to clean up brain matter. There are chemical treatment tanks to disinfect and hold the matter that is cleaned up. For things they cannot clean with chemicals, they need to have the tools to remove the area. So, most cleaners carry sledgehammers, saws, ladders, paint brushes, spackle, wall board and other construction type tools. Depending on the type of death will determine the amount of blood that left behind, needs to be cleaned. Again, watching television distorts the view of the public of what an actual crime scene looks like. Gun shots to the head or the slitting of wrist causes the most blood. A gunshot to the chest produces very little blood. And those who clean up the mess left behind need to make sure that they reach every nook and crevice. In a particularly violent crime, there may be a large amount of blood and it may have spattered over a large area. Cleaners need to look in every possible area where blood may have reached. This includes the obvious washing of walls and removing of carpets. Places that someone might overlook could be on top of picture frames, in lighting fixtures, behind floor boards, and on appliances. Cleaning up a suicide or a crime scene where there is blood can be an overwhelming endeavor. The necessary movement of bio-hazardous materials of blood, brain matter, bone fragments, etc requires specific permits. The better trained an individual, the better chance of having all of the bio-hazardous materials removed from the location where the body was found. And, while CSI shows some of what it takes to clean up blood, it neglects to show us the details as that would probably not make very good television.

What To Look For In Georgia Crime scene cleanup

Sewage Workers Those working in UK sewers have some rather unpleasant smells (and sights) to deal with on a daily basis. Sewers often get blocked with human waste and cooking fat, amongst other things, which then has to be manually flushed through in order to clear. In 2010, 'flushers' were sent to London's Leicester Square, where they dug out more than 1,000 tonnes of fat. Sewage workers need to be equipped with full protective gear as well as breathing devices. It's estimated that sewage workers in London alone clear more than 50,000 blockages every year. Portable Toilet Cleaners Many of us despise using portable toilets at festivals and other events, let alone having to clean them. But imagine just how disgusting the portable toilets would be if they weren't cleaned! Vacuum tankers are normally used to empty the contents of the toilets, but once they are emptied they then have to be cleaned out with a mop and bucket, including any spillages or accidents. Cleaning a portable toilet only takes a couple of minutes but can be quite tricky as the units tend to move about and even tip over. Rubbish Collectors Hate taking out your rubbish for when the rubbish collectors come? Imagine going around the streets collecting leaking bin bags and rubbish that's been torn apart by foxes. The smell of rotten food and other rubbish items must cause quite a stench, especially during the warmer months. Dealing with the rubbish is one thing; another is dealing with impatient drivers as they crawl behind the rubbish truck! Crime Scene Cleaners Crime scene cleaners have to see some truly horrendous scenes as a result of homicide, suicides and fires - definitely not for the faint-hearted. Depending on how bad the scene is, the cleaning could take anything from a few hours to a few days to finish. Cleaning activities could range from clearing blood splatters on a wall to fragments of bone and body pieces everywhere. As well as being a dirty job, this job can also be particularly distressing with a lot of workers developing stress disorders. Pest Control Specialists Would you like to be tasked with facing cockroaches, fleas, wasps, rats and other pests on a daily basis? Definitely not a job for anyone afraid of creepy crawlies! A pest control specialist's job would involve eradicating pests but also putting in preventative measures. It's always best to call out a pest control specialist rather than trying to tackle the issue yourself. Sewage Workers Those working in UK sewers have some rather unpleasant smells (and sights) to deal with on a daily basis. Sewers often get blocked with human waste and cooking fat, amongst other things, which then has to be manually flushed through in order to clear. In 2010, 'flushers' were sent to London's Leicester Square, where they dug out more than 1,000 tonnes of fat. Sewage workers need to be equipped with full protective gear as well as breathing devices. It's estimated that sewage workers in London alone clear more than 50,000 blockages every year. Portable Toilet Cleaners Many of us despise using portable toilets at festivals and other events, let alone having to clean them. But imagine just how disgusting the portable toilets would be if they weren't cleaned! Vacuum tankers are normally used to empty the contents of the toilets, but once they are emptied they then have to be cleaned out with a mop and bucket, including any spillages or accidents. Cleaning a portable toilet only takes a couple of minutes but can be quite tricky as the units tend to move about and even tip over. Rubbish Collectors Hate taking out your rubbish for when the rubbish collectors come? Imagine going around the streets collecting leaking bin bags and rubbish that's been torn apart by foxes. The smell of rotten food and other rubbish items must cause quite a stench, especially during the warmer months. Dealing with the rubbish is one thing; another is dealing with impatient drivers as they crawl behind the rubbish truck! Crime Scene Cleaners Crime scene cleaners have to see some truly horrendous scenes as a result of homicide, suicides and fires - definitely not for the faint-hearted. Depending on how bad the scene is, the cleaning could take anything from a few hours to a few days to finish. Cleaning activities could range from clearing blood splatters on a wall to fragments of bone and body pieces everywhere. As well as being a dirty job, this job can also be particularly distressing with a lot of workers developing stress disorders. Pest Control Specialists Would you like to be tasked with facing cockroaches, fleas, wasps, rats and other pests on a daily basis? Definitely not a job for anyone afraid of creepy crawlies! A pest control specialist's job would involve eradicating pests but also putting in preventative measures. It's always best to call out a pest control specialist rather than trying to tackle the issue yourself.

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