Welcome back to the BIOClean Team blog. This month we’ve been talking about blood clean up and how to determine if you need to call a professional or not (hint: for small cuts on tile, you’re probably safe to do it yourself, much bigger than that and you’ll want to call us). That leads us to a question we have seen asked a few times: is blood a biohazard? This time on the blog we’re going to answer that as well as several other questions we see crop up frequently! It may be summer, but school is in session!
BIOClean Team FAQs – Is Blood a Biohazard And More
Is Blood a Biohazard
Yes! Blood can certainly be a biohazard as it can contain infectious agents. Find out more about what makes biohazards.
What If Its Dry?
Just because blood is seemingly dry doesn’t mean it is safe. Despite appearing dry, infectious diseases and bacteria can still be alive and dangerous. And in the business of biohazards, it’s better safe than sorry!
How Do I Clean Up Blood?
If it’s a large amount, or on an absorbent surface like carpet or furniture, your best bet is to hire professionals.
Who Removes Bodies from Homes?
Depending on the cause of death, one of two types of people will collect a body from the home. If a death occurred following natural causes, typically a funeral home of the family’s choice will send out someone to collect the body and prepare it for burial.
That’d be us! Following a crime the police will come gather evidence, EMS leave, and a coroner may collect a body, but all the damage and mess is left to the family/home owners to take care of. To get a clean up done right, they call in professional cleaning crews who are certified to handle biohazards.
Who Pays for Crime Scene Cleanup?
No one expects a crime and the costly damages it can bring into our lives. Fortunately for those who need our expertise, most crime scene clean up services are covered by insurance. This means there are no out of pocket costs to have the crime scene cleaned (in most cases) and the cost should never be a barrier to getting your life back on track following a crime.
How to Become a Crime Scene Cleaner?
Well, there’s no one path to crime scene cleaner. Just take a look at our team and you will see a range of skills on display. Stacy Houston, our owner, has over ten years of experience in Emergency Medicine before moving into the crime scene cleaning biz! Aside from the certifications required, those ten years also gave her the experience in speaking with and guiding clients who have experienced a trauma. Not every business has that bedside manner! No matter what path you take, there are a few core certifications that just about every crime scene cleaner need. Everyone on the BIOClean Team is an OSHA Certified Technician, as well as being certified to handle blood borne pathogens, amongst others for instance.
What All Goes into Crime Scene Clean Up?
To answer this briefly: a whole heckuva lot! Crime scene clean up is a mix of professional heavy-duty cleaning services, construction and demolition work all wrapped up into one. Depending on the type of situation we are handling it could mean anything from simply hauling out garbage to tearing up floor, walls, foundation and more to remove all traces of potential problems including biohazards and lingering smells. No two jobs are the same!
Whatever your questions, The BIOClean Team is here to help. If you didn’t find your answer here keep your eyes peeled on the blog as we are always adding more, or give us a call and find out exactly how we can help you clean up the aftermath of a crime, death, or hoarding behavior.