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What is Biohazard Cleaning?

5/3/2022 (Permalink)

Biohazard symbol This universal biohazard symbol warns of potential biohazardous materials than need to be handled properly for your safety.

Before we can explain biohazard cleaning it is important to understand the term, "biohazard." According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a biohazard is: a biological agent or condition that is a hazard to humans or the environment.  A few examples of biohazards are:

  • blood and blood products
  • body fluids (other than blood)
  • animal carcasses
  • contaminated laundry
  • contaminated sharps (i.e. needles, syringes, medical tubing)
  • bloodborne pathogens (i.e. HIV, Hepatitis B)

When is biohazard cleaning needed?

Biohazard cleaning is necessary after a traumatic event like an injury, death or crime has occurred. What cleaning protocols need to be followed when dealing with biohazards? One of SERVPRO's specialized cleaning services is Biohazard & Crime Scene Cleanup. This specialized cleaning service was developed to address proper cleaning protocols in the likelihood that infectious materials are likely present, and there is a need for cleanup teams to wear protective equipment for safety. Biohazard & crime scene cleaning and disinfecting protocols are strictly followed in situations where blood, human or animal remains, and/or other potentially infectious materials may be present and need removed to ensure everyone's safety.  How do you clean when a biohazard is present? Because traumatic events often involve biological and chemical contaminants, it’s important to know that the restoration process is being handled in compliance with all government, environmental and health regulations. Our professionals do this in the safest way possible. We are trained and prepared both physically and mentally to handle biohazard, trauma and crime scene cleanup and restoration with respect and professionalism. What training is needed to clean up biohazardous materials? The professional cleaning staff at SERVPRO of Brainerd and Park Rapids are certified through the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) in Trauma & Crime Scene Cleanup (TCSC). 

The information on biohazard cleaning services for this blog post was obtained from: https://www.SERVPRO.com/services/cleaning-services/specialized-cleaning/biohazard-cleaning

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