Unbeknownst to most, crime scenes should not be cleaned by property owners where crimes have been committed. In addition, police and municipal workers do not clean crime scenes in the private sector. Bill Tyrrell is the owner and founder of the company, Triage BioClean Services, which he started in 2008. In addition to doing mold testing and remediation, he offers a complete meth lab testing and cleanup as well as crime scene cleanup. Here, Tyrrell outlines how and why you should hire a professional to clean up a crime scene.
The term crime scene technically refers to any area where a crime has taken place. Having a crime committed on your property can be traumatic and psychologically damaging. If this occurs in a property you own or rent, you may be surprised to know that the onus of cleanup belongs to you. Cleaning up after a crime yourself can make the trauma much worse, as well as physically dangerous to future residents of the home. In order to be assured a safe, clean property going forward, it is always recommended to leave the cleanup to the pros.
A lot of people don’t really understand what constitutes a crime scene until they themselves step into one. Whenever such an event occurs, the police, ambulance services or fire departments are called first. Emergency services do the most important work in these situations, but one aspect of the job they do not handle: the cleanup. So crime scene cleanup professionals are the second call you should always make after a crime has taken place.
It’s true that the owner of a residence is actually responsible for its cleanup. Still, no one should ever be forced to do so. The trauma of performing such a cleanup can be devastating, and the impact of engaging in such an act can scar a person for life. The best crime scene cleanup crews are given special sensitivity training, so they can tactfully interact with a bereaved family while not falling apart at the same time.
Federal regulations assert that all body fluids are considered biohazards. As such, only a person trained in removing biohazard materials should clean a crime scene contaminated by bodily matter. This isn’t merely an overly cautious suggestion; blood and tissue are truly dangerous substances that can easily lead to infection. Often, a small splatter or stain on a wall or floor only indicates that what lies beneath is a much larger pool of human detritus. Only someone equipped with the tools (such as biohazard suits, nonporous gloves, and breathing apparatus) and training should attempt to clean up this kind of mess. Sometimes, a crime scene that even appears relatively clean can hide an invisible mess of bacteria and other dangerous pathogens. Only someone with the proper apparatus to completely disinfect the domicile should be called in to clean it up.
Disposing of Waste
Anyone transporting biohazard or human remains requires special permits and equipment to do so. In addition to transporting issues, crime scene cleaners have to pay a medical disposal company to dispose of human waste by burning it in a special incinerator. The medical waste companies generally charge by the pound and will only burn a minimum amount of waste. Therefore, crime scene cleanup companies will often store biohazard waste until they have enough to dispose of.
There are many good reasons not to attempt a crime scene cleanup on your own. Crime scene cleanup organizations regulate and set certain standards for the industry. So, if a crime has been committed on your property, the best thing you can do is to contact these institutions for a recommendation. At Triage BioClean Services, 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.
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