Biohazard remediation, or cleanup, as it’s commonly known, refers to the cleaning, sanitizing and deodorizing process in the aftermath of a traumatic accident, crime, unnatural death, or even scientific experiments. These situations require immediate measures to eliminate biohazardous substances as soon as possible to ensure environmental safety.
In case you’re wondering what these substances are, they can be classified into four main categories:
- Liquid wastes – Infected blood, body fluids, blood products, and related materials
- Non-sharp solid contaminants – Laboratory gloves, plasticware, towels and tissues, sample containers, blood vials, etc.
- Sharp biohazardous wastes – Needles, test strips, microscope slides, broken glass vials, and test tubes among others
- Pathological – Human and animal feces, removed, tissues, organs, etc.
One of the most notorious of all biohazardous wastes includes the disease-causing microorganisms. Sample collectors, cultural dishes, test tubes and anything that comes in touch with harmful pathogens like bacteria, viruses, and others present in bodily fluids and blood should be handled carefully during or after an operation. They also need to be disposed of properly to restore the premises to its normal, healthy condition.
Who is responsible for biohazard remediation?
It’s crucial to understand the types of waste and their potential dangers to dispose of them in an eco-friendly manner. The professionals tasked with biohazard cleanup are not only efficient but also certified and experienced in their field to ensure 100% safety. Further, they need to carry out the four essential steps in eliminating waste without compromising on their health or the environment.
What are the steps in biohazard remediation?
- Containment and cleanup is the first step in the process. Before any removal procedure can be initiated, the professionals need to contain the area to prevent the spread of contaminants. Hence, it’s recommended to leave the spot of an accident, or any kind of unnatural death at once to avoid infections.
- Sanitization is the next immediate step post-cleanup. It involves complete disinfection of the area using industry-standard chemicals and disinfectants. All the items present such as carpets, beds, mattresses, and furniture among others are thoroughly cleaned by the professionals.
- Deodorization is the elimination of pungent, pervasive odors that remain in a biohazard scene even after cleanup. Again, only laboratory-tested, high-quality deodorizers are used in the process to restore healthy conditions within a short time.
- Restoration is the last step of biohazard remediation that renders the premises completely devoid of any contaminant or evidence and thus habitable (in case of residential spaces).
What situations require biohazard cleaning?
In simple words, any situation that involves the accumulation of biohazardous waste requires thorough cleansing to prevent the spread of disease-causing germs. Ranging from suicides, homicides, and road accidents, industrial accidents, unattended deaths to disease disinfection, scientific experiments and more need these services to get rid of contaminants fast.
Opting for professional services reduces the risks of infections to a great extent, as the experts use top-to-toe protection while handling such wastes and heavy-duty equipment for cleaning them. While seeking such services, you should keep their experience and reliability in mind for optimum efficiency.