Blood Clean Up
The Crime Scene Clean-Up® professionals are experts in blood spill clean up resulting from mass trauma, suicide, workplace accidents or accidental death. Before attempting to clean up blood yourself, recognize that the job can be dangerous and legally risky, due to the hazards of blood-borne pathogens.
Blood is not easily removed from most structural surfaces – if you’ve ever tried to get it out of clothing, you can attest to its staining and staying power.
What you may not realize is that blood and other bodily fluids are considered to be biohazards. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), all exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials places workers at risk for infections from pathogens such as HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, MRSA, or the measles virus.
OSHA regulations state that, before an employee can safely clean up blood or other potentially infectious fluids, he or she must undergo yearly blood-borne pathogen training, have access to personal protective equipment (PPE) with appropriate instruction prior to its use, be vaccinated for Hepatitis B, and have a method to remove and properly store biohazardous waste in labeled containers for disposal at an approved site. Furthermore, the company must have a blood-borne pathogen exposure control plan and maintain written records of any incidents.
Government agencies can levy hefty fines on businesses for improper blood spill clean up or illegal disposal of biohazardous materials. An inexperienced employee who becomes infected from a blood-borne pathogen can sue the company, citing insufficient equipment and training.
The professionals at CSCU know how to safely and legally contain, decontaminate and remediate all potential pathogens and visible blood stains from homes and property. When we finish, we test the cleaned areas for 100% sanitization levels, to ensure no biological material is left to spread disease or cause damage or odors.