Most people never think of what is involved in cleaning up blood or body fluids after an accident, injury, or unattended death. Insurance professionals may receive a call from a frantic or grieving property owner when such a loss occurs. How to proceed requires serious consideration and special attention – not only because the individuals involved are emotional or experiencing stress, but also because certain materials are hazardous. 1st Call Disaster Services can help bring an unfortunate situation to a satisfactory solution. Please call us today for any biohazard remediation needs you may face.
Our Biohazard Services Include the Following:
Sewage backups and flooding
Animal feces cleanup
Bodily fluids cleanup
Violent crime scenes
Accident & trauma scenes
Homicides & suicides
Vehicle trauma cleanup
In 1991, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (29 CFR 1910.1030) to protect workers from this risk of blood or other potentially infectious materials (BOPIM). This standard helps protect approximately 5.6 million workers in the health care industry and related occupations. Biohazard remediation falls within the scope of the BOPIM standard.
The standard provides regulations to protect workers from the risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens such as the Hepatitis B Virus (HBV), Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), and many others.
1st Call Disaster Services are aware that these materials may cause infection to others. During the cleanup process, proper steps are required to always maintain the safety of workers or other individuals near the cleanup site. We will assume all biohazard materials are infectious, and we will treat them accordingly.
You may find yourself encountering several different types of biohazard materials on your property and when this happens, you must call our professionals immediately to handle the cleanup. One common biohazard material that can get into your home is sewage caused by flooding or a sewage backup. Sewage water is contaminated with human waste that could contain infectious materials, making it dangerous to try cleaning it up yourself. Animal feces from a home invader such as a raccoon is also a major health risk as it may contain parasites, viruses, and other disease causing agents. Bodily fluids like blood are the most commonly encountered biohazard materials as anything from a small cut to a major injury or even death can cause the release of potentially dangerous bodily fluids. All bodily fluids should be treated as hazardous because they could contain viruses, bacteria, and other harmful substances.
Regardless of the scenario or type of biohazard material you are dealing with, it is best to avoid any contact with the materials and call 1st Call Disaster Services right away. Our technicians have the proper equipment including personal protective equipment (PPE) to safely remove any biohazard materials while eliminating the risk of associated health effects. We use powerful cleaning products and disinfectants to thoroughly clean the affected area and restore it to a safe condition.