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Biohazard Cleanup – What Is It and When Do I Need It?


Biohazard cleanup is a service provided by many disaster restoration companies. It involves cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorizing areas where a traumatic event has occurred. Thus, dealing with biohazards often means dealing with blood, human or animal residues, chemical spills, and more.

Keep in mind that the state isn’t responsible for cleaning up a crime scene. After police investigators collect evidence from the scene, it is up to the property owner to hire a biohazard remediation company. A professional cleanup team can arrive onsite only after the police have gathered enough evidence related to the crime.

Common Biohazard Scenarios

  • Crime or homicide scenes
  • Suicide or death
  • Blood and bodily fluid residues
  • Hoarding scenes
  • Animal waste or remains
  • Chemical hazards
  • Virus contamination

Every time technicians handle potentially hazardous materials, they are put at significant risk. That’s why following proper training and safety procedures is crucial. It’s important not only for themselves but also for the individuals who will reside in the property after the cleanup is complete.

Does Biohazard Cleanup Require Certification?

To become a biohazard technician, obtaining certification is not required. However, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) does require biohazard technicians to properly wear personal protective equipment (PPE) when dealing with bloodborne pathogens.

Furthermore, reputable restoration companies do offer bioremediation training for technicians. That includes learning OSHA’s on-the-job safety methods when handling biohazardous waste. This reduces the risk of accidents and potential lawsuits.

The Biohazard Cleanup Process

  • The biohazard remediation company starts the cleanup efforts as quickly as possible.
  • They remove all potentially infectious materials from the site.
  • Hazardous medical waste is handled in compliance with OSHA regulations. It’s then processed and sent to a licensed hazardous medical waste incinerator.
  • Technicians remove porous materials like fabric and carpeting following industry standards and state regulations.
  • Non-hazardous materials are either removed or decontaminated and sanitized if they are considered salvageable.
  • After cleanup and sanitization, affected areas are deodorized, and walls and flooring may be sealed to cover any remaining stains from the incident.

The PuroClean RapidDefense™ Program

PuroClean’s RapidDefense™ is a sanitization method we created to efficiently sanitize public areas. Our system helps decontaminate and stop the spread of viruses like Influenza and Norovirus using Environmental Protection Agency-registered products. The goal is to provide up to three months of protection against virus contamination in the area we treat.

When a biohazard occurs, call the PuroClean professionals to clean and disinfect the contaminated site. Our technicians use state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to effectively remediate the damage.

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