Monday, August 31, 2015

TV news reporter, cameraman are fatally shot during live broadcast

This is a headline that no one should ever have to see, especially the victim’s family members.  This headline has made national news recently and is exactly what happened to TV Reporter Alison Parker and her cameraman Adam Ward form WDBJ7 in Roanoke, Virginia.

Bio Clean Services provides cleanup of biohazards from scenes such violent gun crimes, murders, suicides and other traumatic events. During the course of the investigation, it has been suggested that the victim’s attacker suffered from some form of mental illness. Although the exact reason why this tragedy occurred is not known, we can confirm that may homicide, violent death or suicide cleanup jobs we perform have some link to a mental illness, the medications associated with mental illness or both.

Because of increasing cases of guns associated with violent crimes, many Americans have stepped forward to change the way our country handles laws concerning the purchase and ownership of firearms. Bio Clean Services has responded to hundreds of calls from distraught family members who are faced with the responsibility of cleaning these types of biohazard scenes.  Death from guns or any means have a high potential for the transmission of disease and other health compromises to untrained people who are involved in an active crime scene that requires cleanup.

It is never suggested that anyone without proper training and equipment attempt to clean a crime scene or death scene on their own. Trust a certified biohazard remediation company like Bio Clean Services to perform a safe, professional and proper cleanup.

Every State regulates the cleanup, removal and disposal of biohazard waste and enforce strict penalties to anyone involved in an improper cleanup. Biohazards from the human body can remain in a dangerous state for weeks to sometimes months after a traumatic event occurs.  If you are faced with the responsibility of re-mediating a trauma, crime, death or suicide scene contact our office immediately for assistance. We provide 24/7 emergency response to assist victims of crime and tragedy.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Dangers associated with Violent Crime Cleanup inside a structure

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. 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 under structure.   Bio Clean Services is experienced in following all biohazard remediation protocols. We are trained to completely remediate any biohazards associated with the cleanup and remediation of Crime Scenes.

Special equipment, such as protective gear, must be worn by out trained technicians in order to protect them from the hazardous materials they are handling. 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. 

Because of these dangers, Bio Clean Services suggests that untrained individuals never attempt to cleanup a crime scene that involves biohazards. If you attempt to clean a biohazard scene and it’s not done properly, you may be held liable for procedures that weren’t followed and any health compromises caused to others as a result. The unknown potential dangers alone are enough to not attempt to do this on your own.

If you find yourself faced with the responsibility of cleanup from death, trauma or a violent crime, trust the professionals at Bio Clean Services to perform these services. We maintain all proper training, permits and have the equipment necessary to completely restore a biohazard scene to a safe environment.  Contact us today for more information on how we can protect you.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Choosing the best Biohazard Cleanup Company

When choosing a biohazard cleanup company it’s imperative that you seek companies that are compliant with OSHA, EPA and State Environmental Agencies. Reputable companies like Bio Clean Services maintain all certifications necessary for the cleanup, removal and disposal of biohazard materials from Death, Crime, Suicide and other Traumatic Events.

OSHA compliance simply means that the biohazard cleanup company adheres to the regulations in place to prevent injury and potential liability to all involved. Bio Clean Services technicians are trained to handle cleanup of bloodborne pathogens and other potentially harmful biohazards. We use personal protective equipment and follow these regulations during a cleanup process.

Anytime there is the need for handling and disposal of biohazard, medial and bloodborne pathogen waste, there are certain Federal and State regulations that must be followed.  Not all biohazard cleanup companies are licensed to transport or handle these wastes so it’s essential that you understand if the company you choose is able to comply with these regulations.  Cleanup companies, as well as property owners can incur hefty fines for improper cleanup, handling and disposal of biohazard wastes.

In any form of biohazard cleanup, the company you choose must be trained in the proper use of equipment and cleaning agents that will help remediate a scene to a safe environment free of any biohazards. Even simple errors like improper dilution of cleaning agents can cause certain biohazards to remain active for days to even weeks after an incident occurs.

If you experience a death, violent crime, suicide or other traumatic incident that requires bioremediation, make certain the company you choose is able to deliver the proper information about their certifications, permits and other credentials that will prove to you they are capable of effectively performing the cleanup you need.  Bio Clean Services readily provides all information necessary to help ensure the property owner that our cleanup services will be performed correctly.

Contact us for more information on the services we offer and how we can assist you with your biohazard cleanup needs.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Why are bioremediation costs so high?

Most people associate remediation with the same type of cleanup that is found for fire or water loss however, when bioremediation (blood and biohazard cleanup) is needed as a result of a suicide, murder, unattended death or traumatic incident these situations pose a greater risk for the property owner and cleanup crews.

Bioremediation and decontamination services should always be performed by certified companies that specialize in the cleanup of blood, biohazard and infectious materials. In order to minimize risk of possible contamination to other areas or people and to ensure the safety of the property owner Bio Clean Services performs certified biohazard cleanup and decontamination services. We follow proper protocols established by State and Federal agencies

Because of these strict guidelines and protocols for proper biohazard disposal the costs associated with bioremediation are significantly higher. The cost of obtaining proper permits, training and equipment used for these types of cleanup jobs are all factors in the total costs associated with the cleanup job. Depending on the size scene that needs remediation, will also determine the cost of the job.

Cleanup of blood, bodily fluids and biohazards from death, murder and suicides scenes is the most common service that we provide. Property owners should realize that not hiring a certified biohazard cleanup company like Bio Clean Services can result in their being liable due to health compromises or harm to others as a result of any improper cleanup.

The health status/condition of persons associated with the cause of biohazard are not known.  One out of every 24 people has Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or HIV and these pathogens can survive in a deceased person for up to 16 days after death. Exposure to these and other harmful pathogens can occur from splashes of blood, inhalation and other biological fragments that are found at these types of scenes.

Ordinary restoration companies like the ones that handle fire or flood damage are not required to follow the same cleanup, removal and disposal guidelines as companies associated with the cleanup and handling of blood or biohazard materials.  Because of this our company maintains all necessary permits and only allows technicians who are specially trained in biohazard cleanup and handling to perform jobs. This helps ensure the safety of our clients or anyone who may come in contact with the affected areas.

If you need bioremediation and decontamination services contact our office at once to make sure you’re protected.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime Scene Cleanup

Crime is something that the American population has become desensitized to because of the increased activity and coverage of the media and popular television shows like CSI. Rarely does anyone think about what happens after professionals investigating a crime scene are gone. Bio Clean Services performs crime scene cleanup and other services involving the cleanup of blood and biohazard materials. Often times when the general public sees our trucks or our staff in uniforms, they ask similar questions about what we do. Here are a few of the questions most frequently asked:

Why is it necessary to hire a Crime Scene Cleanup Company?

Every crime scene requiring cleanup has some physical risk potentials. Most commonly, the emotional turmoil experiences when a friend or relative attempts to cleanup a violent crime scene is what we see. In almost every crime scene we clean, there is the presence of blood, body fluids and other potentially infectious or harmful materials. These elements should never be cleaned by an untrained professional. If improper cleanup is performed, the crime scene may visibly appear safe but the harmful risks to those in contact with the scene can remain for months.

Is it dangerous to clean a crime scene?

The answer to this is always “YES”. Every crime scene is different but rarely do the affected parties know the entire scenario of what happened when the crime was committed. Because hazardous or infectious elements can often be present and not seen by the human eye, every scene must be cleaned following a strict protocol to ensure that the scene is returned to a safe area free from any biohazard. Untrained individuals are not familiar with these protocols and may be putting themselves and others at risk.

Who is responsible for crime scene cleanup?

Typically the property owner bears the responsibility of having the scene cleaned and decontaminated. If the crime or traumatic event occurs at a business, it may be the responsibility of the owner of the company and/or the property owner. There are several other questions that we are asked on a regular basis but the one constant reminder that we always tell anyone inquiring about what we do is “Never attempt to clean a crime scene yourself”. Hiring a certified biohazard cleanup company like Bio Clean Services will ensure that your property is decontaminated and cleaned properly. Anyone who performs improper cleanup can be liable in the event that anyone who comes in contact with a biohazard scene becomes affected.