You never know when you will be the subject of an incident related to crime, trauma, death, blood or other biohazard endangerment. For most of us, we go about our everyday life not giving thought to the possibilities of the “what if’s” actually happening. Australian Forensic Cleaning provides expert decontamination services of biohazard sites such as these every day.
All across the country hundreds of people are faced with the responsibility of clean-up of biohazard sites. From auto accidents, to medical emergencies to deaths or suicides, our team of trained experts are here to assist you with the clean-up and remediation of biohazard scenes. The following are 5 important steps that should be taken if you are faced with a biohazard cleaning situation:
1. Never attempt to clean the site on your own. Biohazard scenes could contain potentially deadly microorganisms that could compromise your health. Seal off the immediate area as much as possible to avoid anyone having contact.
2. Call a certified biohazard clean-up company. If possible, always select a local company like Australian Forensic Cleaning. Local companies are most likely independently owned and offer better services than a company located hours away.
3. Remove all persons from the affected area including pets. The less the affected area is disturbed, the easier clean-up can be and there is less chance of transmission of any diseases that may be present or contamination of otherwise clean areas.
4. If you are not the property owner, contact the property owner immediately. Property owners may have insurance that will assist in the cost of biohazard clean-up. If not, it may still be the resident’s responsibility for clean-up but the property owner must be notified as the biohazard clean-up company will have to have their authorisation to enter the property and perform services.
5. Allow the technicians to do their job. In many cases, biohazard scenes involve some form of trauma. It is usually and extremely emotional time for the victims’ family members or friends. Keeping people away from the scene lessens the trauma of the situation and allows workers to perform their tasks safely and effectively. There may be a need to remove personal items and effect from the scene. If you are the responsible party, you’ll have to realise that some items cannot be decontaminated and the only way to ensure a safe clean up is to remove the items from the scene. You cannot have any emotional attachment to items that must be removed. For your safety and preservation of your health, these items must be disposed of following strict biohazard disposal protocols. Again, if you restrict access to the scene, you are less likely to have emotional struggles over items that bust be disposed of.
Every biohazard scene requiring clean-up is different, some scene are more dangerous than others and the determination of types of clean-up needed should be left to trained professionals. If you or someone you know experiences a biohazard situation, call Australian Forensic Cleaning for assistance.