Have you had a sewer backup? Are you in need of crime scene cleanup services? Has an infectious illness or death rocked your home or business? PuroClean of Augusta provides a full range of biohazard removal services, including the use of PuroClean RapidDefense™ for an Influenza or Norovirus outbreak. It is important that biohazard removal is completed with special attention to the safety of everyone involved. The team at PuroClean of Augusta will carefully contain the area, remove any materials that are not salvageable, and then sanitize those that remain. If there are any lingering odors, our trained technicians will deodorize the area and return your Augusta area property back to pre-loss condition, with empathy and care.
Biohazard restoration involves cleaning, application of EPA approved hospital grade disinfectants, and deodorizing locations where a traumatic event such as an accident, injury, or death has occurred. Thus, working with biohazards often means working with blood, human or animal remains, chemical spills, and more.
Once police and investigators finish gathering all the evidence from a crime scene, they are not responsible for any of the actual sanitizing of the scene. Once police release the crime scene area, the responsibility is with the owner of the property to employ biohazard cleaning services. The biohazard cleaning crew can only begin their work after authorities have officially released the scene.
The (BOPIM) standard means “blood or other potentially infectious materials”. Infectious pathogens can be anything from Hepatitis B, HIV, and even the 2019 Novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and much more. In 1991, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) set forth a standard to protect all workers from dangers due to blood or other potentially infectious materials (BOPIM).
This standard helps protect approximately 5.6 million workers in the healthcare industry and related occupations, which also includes biohazard restoration companies. Biohazard remediation falls within the scope of the BOPIM standard.
Also, the BOPIM standard consists of several requirements, including:
Common Biohazard Situations
Every time biohazard workers handle potentially hazardous items, they are doing so at significant risk. Thus, following correct proper training and safety procedures are crucial. This is important not only for their own personal safety but also for the individuals who will reside in the property after the biohazard restoration is complete.
Biohazard technicians are not required to obtain a specific certificate to do their work. They are subject to OSHA requirements, however, to use the proper PPE when working with or near bloodborne pathogens. We also recommend you check the local city, state, and federal regulations for exact licensing obligations, laws, background checks, fingerprinting or other possible requirements to perform biohazard restoration. For example, the state of Georgia put forth a new law that is connected to any company performing restoration services for crime scene and trauma cleanup.
PPE ensures the safety of technicians and is the last line of protection. This equipment protects the skin, eyes, mouth, nose and other areas from being exposed to hazardous material. The extent of PPE used on each project may differ on different projects. However, PPE should always include full face protection, cut resistant and nitrile gloves, properly assigned waterproof coveralls as well as a respirator.
Reputable and trustworthy remediation firms train their employees to work in the biohazard restoration industry. This training includes teaching OSHA’s directions for handling biohazardous waste. This training protects all involved: technicians, bystanders, and future occupants. Furthermore, the risk of accidents and potential lawsuits is limited greatly.
PuroClean Biohazard Cleanup Procedures
The massive sense of loss felt from property damage is not lost on PuroClean technicians. Our restoration specialists and owners make special efforts to be extremely empathetic to those who have experienced property damage and may be emotionally vulnerable. This particular type of cleanup calls for additional care and sympathy. Our technicians genuinely empathize with the clients that are unfortunately suffering from this unthinkable situation.
PuroClean has adopted a cleaning process that we feel is the best way to clean. The PuroClean RapidDefense™ Program includes the application of EPA certified hospital-grade disinfectants in high traffic areas. The 2019 Novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Norovirus, Influenza and many more pathogen-based germs are the goal of our RapidDefense™ Program, helping to stop the spread of such illnesses. Environmental Protection Agency-registered, safe products are used for this process for up to 90 days of protection from pathogens. Reach out to PuroClean to thwart an outbreak and help build a safe and clean atmosphere.
If your home or business is in need of biohazard restoration, contact PuroClean and our team of professionals to thoroughly cleanse and restore your contaminated areas. PuroClean technicians will sufficiently restore your affected areas using state-of-the-art techniques and equipment.
The quality of PuroClean’s remediation services, the quickness in which we deliver them, and the empathy we demonstrate during the process make PuroClean your ideal damage restoration company. We vow to do whatever it takes to clean, clea, restore and rescue properties in all the communities we serve.
*Please note that not all PuroClean offices offer biohazard cleaning services, please contact the PuroClean home office at 1-800-775-7876 and we will help find a PuroClean location that can help you.
Cleaning and application of hospital grade cleaners of frequently touched objects and surfaces are the recommended actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses, like coronavirus. Since any surface can be re-contaminated after cleaning, and because the coronavirus is also spread person-to-person, PuroClean’s cleaning services can’t be guaranteed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html) for more information about coronavirus, its spread, and prevention.
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