What do you do when, as part of your role as a homeowner or business decision-maker, you’re tasked with the unexpected cleanup after a tragic accident or death?
You might have a biohazard remediation plan in place should the need arise, but when you, your family, or your colleagues actually experience the aftermath of a trauma, will you have the mindset to follow your predefined blood spillage procedure?
No matter whether you have OSHA-compliant biohazard policies in place, or you’ve dealt with death and bodily fluids as part of your career or service in medicine, law enforcement, or military, the shocking aftermath of trauma—particularly when it involves a personal connection—makes it difficult to follow procedure or make well-informed decisions about biohazard remediation.
It’s important to have basic safe and proper blood cleanup information so you can decide whether it’s appropriate to manage the problem in-house or call in a professional biohazard cleaning service.
Cleaning Up Bio hazardous Material: An Overview
Blood, human tissue, and body fluid remediation require specialized cleaning products, protective clothing, and adherence to OSHA guidelines. This is especially true when the incident occurred at a public facility or workplace. The main objectives are isolating, cleaning, and legally disposing of blood and other bio-hazardous material so that the location is safe for residents, employees, customers, and the public.
When you safely clean up blood, you also remove harmful blood borne pathogens that can remain in the environment for days after the incident. Unfortunately, most laypersons aren’t trained or equipped to detect microscopic blood droplets that can “mist” during a traumatic event, landing on hard-to-access surfaces. Blood and pathogens can enter HVAC systems and standalone air cooling and heating units. Blood droplets permeate porous architectural finishes and the gaps in molding, appliances, and fixtures. Effective biohazard remediation requires knowledge of how to clean up blood from carpet and other textiles.
It’s unethical to ask an untrained and unequipped employee, colleague, friend, or family member to step in and perform biohazard cleaning tasks due to the physical and psychological risks involved. If you or an associate attempt to take on the task, you might put others at risk if bone tissue, blood, and other bodily fluids are left behind for later discovery, or to harbor secondary diseases.
Blood borne pathogens become inert over time, but the odors associated with any remaining blood and tissue attract disease-carrying insects and rodents.
Blood cleanup by professional technicians offering decontamination, sanitation, and cleanup of blood spills is the convenient, responsible, safe, and—in the long and short term—most cost-effective way to address the aftermath of a trauma.
How to Discreetly Clean Up Blood After a Death at a Hotel
As a manager or owner of a hotel, motel, or vacation rental agency, sooner or later you’ll experience a traumatic death on your property. Even Airbnb hosts aren’t immune, with reports of suicides, murders, and other bizarre deaths occurring at private rental properties. Those wishing to end their own lives often seek solitude in rented rooms so they won’t be discovered by friends or family members.
Bio Recovery offers discreet, immediate blood cleanup assistance in the event of a traumatic or unattended death. Our corporate clients include national hospital chains who rely on our ability to work quickly and quietly to remove all traces of blood and body fluids, facilitating unit repairs in an extremely short turnaround.
We recently wrote an article about biohazard remediation services for the hospitality industry, and we encourage you to contact us in advance to find out how we can expedite our services in case of future need.
Blood and Body Fluid Remediation in Medical Facilities
Sometimes blood cleanup requires more than what routine biohazard sanitation protocols provide. Bio Recovery works with surgery centers, neighborhood urgent care centers, and major hospitals to clean blood and body fluids out of carpets, furniture, treatment rooms, and other areas often affected by blood spills and biohazard contamination.
We know what to use to clean up blood spills in hospital waiting rooms, which typically aren’t furnished with the same non-porous materials used in easy-to-clean trauma areas; carpet cleaning protocols include high-powered vacuums to remove all traces of blood, excreta and other body fluids from carpets and underlayment.
How to Clean Up Blood Spills in the Workplace
Once again, you shouldn’t expect your staff to know how to clean up blood spills. Workplace safety officers, if you’ve assigned them among your employees, don’t have the same hands-on experience as a professional biohazard remediation company. Theoretical knowledge only goes so far when faced with the reality of a traumatic scene—especially if the employee knew the injured or deceased party.
Workplace accidents aren’t limited to industrial settings. Offices, retail stores, and service centers are all too often the scene of trauma, either due to injury, crime, or suicide.
As one of our commercial clients said in the wake of a severe altercation that left a considerable amount of blood in his building, “We keep a first aid kit on hand, but we sure didn’t try and treat an employee with a broken jaw. Same thing with why we called you guys. A bottle of Fantastik works wonders, but it sure wasn’t going to help us with this problem.”
How to Clean Up Blood and Bodily Fluids at Home
Traumatic accidents, suicides, and unattended deaths leave homeowners with the overwhelming task of blood and body fluid cleanup. Incidents causing blood spills at home usually result in the entire family leaving to accompany the injured person to the hospital, or sending children to stay with trusted caregivers until the emergency is addressed.
What happens when it’s time to go home? Will you and your loved ones be re-traumatized by the event’s aftermath?
What if you could return to the comfort of a sanitized, repaired home almost right away? Bio Recovery understands that bereaved and traumatized people don’t need the additional stress of being displaced, and they certainly don’t need to have to clean up a loved one’s blood and other bio hazardous material.
We know how to clean up blood without leaving a trace so you and your family can at least be one step further down the path to recovery.
How to Clean Up Blood from a Crime Scene
Violent crime occurs at home, in the workplace, in public, even in medical institutions. Once the authorities have completed their investigation and the scene is released to the owners or tenants, it’s imperative that blood cleanup is completed as soon as possible to prevent further contamination, psychological damage, offensive odors, and pest infestation. Poorly-sanitized crime scenes leave behind blood, tissue, and even bone, especially if ballistic weapons caused were involved in the trauma.
Bio-hazard remediation companies are commonly called “crime scene cleanup companies”, and while the term is a bit blunt, it best describes the scope of what we do here at Bio Recovery. Crime scenes, especially those where bodies are left to decompose before discovery, require the most diligent attention and adherence to OSHA safety standards.
If you, your property, or loved one was the victim of a traumatic crime, a first responder may have given you our contact information knowing that we’re trusted to step in when your world has come crashing down.
Call Bio Recovery for Immediate Blood Cleanup Assistance
Don’t put off the difficult job of blood cleanup. Our professional blood cleaning crews are ready to be dispatched to your location today. Our office staff is compassionate, empathetic, and here to help you understand our policies and processes, and our field technicians will perform their duties with deference and discretion. We understand what you’re going through, and we’re ready to help.
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