Traces of violent crime or decomposing biological material can pose serious health risks. It is important that the site of a death or violent crime is cleaned promptly and thoroughly by a professional who carries the appropriate skills and equipment. As an expert in crime scene cleanup, Bill Tyrrell, who runs Triage BioClean Services, explains here what a crime scene cleanup is all about and some techniques he uses.
When a serious accident, death or violent crime occurs in a home, it is often damaging to the house itself. Frequently, the scene of the unfortunate occurrence is left tainted and dirtied. Cleaning the sites of these events can be distressing and harrowing to the denizens of the home and should not be performed by friends or loved ones.
In such cases, Triage BioClean Services is here to restore your house or property. We specialize in biohazard and crime scene cleanup. Our highly trained teams of crime scene professionals are prepared to work with law enforcement officials, medical personnel and insurance companies, to insure that your home is quickly returned to a livable condition. Here are some techniques to better help you understand the ins and outs of crime scene cleanup:
One skill required to properly clean a crime scene is some knowledge and experience of general construction, especially demolition. Usually, a blood-stained carpet needs to be removed entirely. Chemicals from a meth lab may contaminate whole swaths of wall, and floors and ceilings are often too infected to remain on the property. Every crime scene cleaner has to know some basic construction techniques in order to remove damaged parts of a home without destroying something perfectly good.
Not everyone can shrug off the disturbing site of a crime scene. Crime scene cleaners require the skill set to go through with these disturbing actions. Any true professional undergoes a complete battery of psychological testing to properly prepare for the grim tasks that are part of the job.
Hazardous Material Removal
Meth labs and sites where dangerous chemicals have been used to perpetrate a crime require special knowledge and equipment. These days, a site of a potential terrorist might also contain dangerous chemicals or bomb-making agents. No one should tamper with such chemicals themselves unless proper protective measures have been taken. Crime scene cleaners are trained in HAZMAT cleanup and wear full suits, gloves, protective apparatus and breathing devices to ensure no exposure to harmful substances. In addition, some special equipment used might include a no-touch cleaning system, an ozone machine to remove harmful odors and even a fogger, so air can be thickened to clean odors from hard to reach places.
The federal government has declared all bodily fluids biohazards. As such, any crime scene that has been splattered with blood or bodily waste requires the cleaning of someone trained for biohazard. Biohazards require special containers for removal and can only be transported to special sites, where they are generally burned. Biohazard cleanup should only be attempted by someone highly knowledgeable in the task since blood-borne pathogens exist everywhere in the crime scene.
Crime scenes can be messy and something is always left behind, so the crime scene cleaner needs thick skin and a stomach to match. A lot of specialty equipment is needed to ensure that biohazards are truly cleaned from a crime scene, including steam cleaners, hospital strength disinfectants, enzymes and chemical treatment tanks to store bodily materials picked up by vacuums.
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