Recent Biohazard Posts

Is your property accurately inventoried?

11/6/2017 (Permalink)

Have you had a break in or vandalism to your property?  Have you took inventory of the contents of your home recently?  Did you know by taking accurate inventory helps keep costs low and reduces job completion time?  This simply can be done by taking photos or video.  There are also many free forms on the web where you can go room-by-room and create an inventory.  If this unfortunate event of vandalism happens to you, we at SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn and Rusk Counties are here, by contacting us at (715)643-7171.  SERVPRO Franchise Professionals are recognized as leaders at helping property owners recover quickly from fire and water damage.  They also provide general cleaning and deodorization services for situations resulting from vandalism including graffiti, egg, spoiled foods and human or animal waste.  Also if there has been an accident, trauma, crime, or death trained SERVPRO Franchise Technicians can remove and dispose of biohazardous substances according to OSHA, EPA, and state and local health regulations.  We at SERVPRO of Barron, Dunn, and Rusk Counties hope this unfortunate event never happens, but if it arises give us a call at (715)643-7171

IICRC Recognizes Crime Scene Biological and Infectious Hazard Cleanup

1/23/2017 (Permalink)

SERVPRO deals with trauma clean-up
One of the more important points of focus addressed by the standard is that of material and building science
.  Any tissue or bodily fluid is classified as a biohazard per Federal regulations.  Whenever a violent crime occurs within a building, or when a body begins to decompose within its interior, the surrounding building materials become contaminated with a variety of toxic agents.  The Reference Guide for Trauma and Crime Scene Biological and Infectious Hazard Clean Up provides a number of detailed items that cover the removal of these toxins from building materials.  For example, blood stains on the carpet typically soak through the carpet and seep into the flooring beneath.  Effective environmental cleaning not only removes the biohazard from the carpet, but also from its supporting understructure.  

Certain tools are required for biohazard removal.  Special equipment, such as protective gear, must also be worn by the removal personnel in order to protect them from the hazardous materials they are using.  It benefits any organization specializing in this type of work to follow the recommended equipment list found in the standard.  Tools that can be reused, along with equipment that is by nature disposable, is clearly defined.  Containers for various types of waste, along with chemicals that help sanitize the environment after cleaning is complete, are also covered in the standard.  

The Reference Guide for Trauma and Crime Scene Biological and Infectious Hazard Clean Up also talks about the various health effects associated with different types of incidents.  Diseases such as the Flu, including Type A and H1N1, HIV/AIDS, Type A and B Hepatitis, TB, Cholera, and Salmonella are all diseases that can be transmitted from bodily fluids.  These fluids escape into the environment any time a body decomposes, whether a person commits suicide, is murdered, or suffers some type of tragic, accidental death.