how biohazards are cleaned up safely

How Biohazards Are Cleaned Up Safely

When it comes to cleaning up a biohazard in a commercial setting you can never be too careful and simply using a basic cleaning agent is unlikely to do the job. It is in this type of setting that you will need to be confident the affected site has been properly disinfected to ensure the area is safe and clean. These clean-ups can be hard to handle in-house without the proper knowledge, training and equipment which is why professional biohazard clean-up companies are one of the most effective methods of ensuring your site is safe to use.

What is classed as a Biohazard?

‘What is classed as a Biohazard?’ is a question that is often asked, and it is this lack of knowledge that can lead to improper cleanup and sanitization of affected areas. By definition, a Bio Hazard is an organism or biological agent that constitutes a harmful or potential harmful hazard to humans or the environment. Examples of this would be vomit, blood, faeces, urine, bacteria, toxins, viruses and medical waste. You will often see warning signs for biohazards in hospitals and as a result, people often forget that a bio hazard can exist anywhere, not just in a medical environment.

How do professional cleaning services clean-up Biohazards?

All professional clean companies have highly trained specialists that have experience in cleaning and disinfecting bio hazards. Their work is split into three clean-up steps; cleaning of the area, the disinfecting of the area and finally the deodorizing of the area.

The cleaning process starts with any physical and visible traces of the biohazards whether that be blood, chemicals or any of biological materials being removed from the site. If there is any property that has been affected that cannot be adequately cleaned it will also be disposed of.

The next step is the begin disinfecting the area, this is carried out by specialised technicians who will spray the infected surfaces with a disinfectant in precise areas. They will then thoroughly wipe down all of the affected surfaces before using an ATP test (adenosine triphosphate fluorescence testing). This test is also used in hospitals and food preparation areas to verify sanitation. This handheld device measures adenosine triphosphate, the universal energy molecule found in all animal, plant, bacteria, yeast and mold cells.

The final step is to deodorise the affected area to ensure that any remaining odours have been eliminated. This step is equally as important as simply ridding the bacteria from the area is the half the problem, depending on the use of the site you may find that employees cannot work there because of the smell.

Biohazards are not only unsightly and often odorous but also extremely dangerous and therefore require sufficient decontamination from a professional trained bio hazard cleaning specialist.