Discovering a biohazard in your commercial or industrial property can be upsetting and disruptive to business, particularly if the biohazard is the result of a crime or trauma.
Biohazards may be hazardous to human health, making it dangerous to attempt to clean up a biohazard yourself if you have not received the appropriate training to do so. If not handled safely, biohazards could infect or contaminate humans, animals, or the environment.
If you do discover a biohazard in your commercial or industrial property, it’s important to evacuate the area and call in a team of professional cleaners to safely clean it up and decontaminate the area as quickly as possible.
Ready to find out more about biohazard cleaning? Here at Slime and Grime Cleaning our team of professionally trained cleaners specialise in providing safe and thorough biohazard cleaning services that you can trust.
We’ve put together this quick guide explaining what biohazard cleaning is and when you may require this service.
What is biohazard cleaning?
The term biohazard refers to any biological substance that could harm human health, animals, or the environment.
Examples of common biohazards include human and animal bodily fluids and biological waste, pathological waste, sharps, and viruses and bacteria.
Biohazard cleaning involves the safe clean up and removal of biohazards and the decontamination of an area.
Only cleaners with specialist biohazard training should carry out cleaning jobs where biohazards are present.
The exact methods and equipment most suitable for cleaning up a biohazard will depend on the details of the job.
As standard, all biohazard cleaning services should include the following:
- A fast-response service.
- Carried out wearing PPE.
- Begin with a risk assessment.
- Thorough, fast, and safe cleaning to remove biohazards.
- All hazardous waste disposed of safely and responsibly.
- Decontamination of the area.
Professional biohazard cleaning will remove the biohazard and restore a property to a safe and sanitary condition.
When are biohazard cleaners needed?
A biohazard cleaning service may be required after a property has fallen into squalid conditions or has been the scene of a crime, accident, or injury. Biohazard cleaning services have also been very important throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, helping to decontaminate areas where the virus may be present.
Some circumstances that commonly require a biohazard cleaning service include:
- Empty property has been used by squatters.
- Hoarders living in a property.
- Tenants living in squalid conditions.
- A workplace accident.
- A suicide.
- An undiscovered death.
- A biosafety breach.
- An outbreak of an infectious illness.
If you know or suspect that a biohazard may be present in your property, you must evacuate the building and do your best to seal off the area until a professional biohazard cleaning company can attend the scene. This will help to protect human health by reducing the risk of contamination.
What certifications are required for biohazard cleaning?
Anyone cleaning up biohazards must have received specialist training in how to do so safely to prevent contamination or the spread of infection.
Currently, there is no formal certification or qualifications required to carry out biohazard cleaning. However, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) does state that anyone working in a role where they are at risk of being exposed to biohazards should first receive training in bloodborne pathogens and personal protective equipment (PPE).
Here at Slime and Grime Cleaning, we ensure that all our specialist cleaners have received thorough training in how to carry out a risk assessment, choose the appropriate cleaning equipment and techniques for the job, and carry out safe and thorough biohazard cleaning, including thorough decontamination. Our cleaners always wear full PPE when cleaning up biohazards and dispose of all hazardous materials safely and responsibly.
What is biohazard decontamination?
The level of threat that a biohazard poses depends on what type of biohazard it is and whether it can become airborne. Whilst some biohazards cause minimal threat to human health, others can be life-threatening, so it’s important to always act with caution when dealing with a biohazard.
If biohazards aren’t contained and cleaned up swiftly, then contamination could occur.
Biohazard cleaning doesn’t just involve removing the biohazard and deep cleaning the area, it also involves decontamination.
Decontamination is required because although you may not be able to see it, the biohazard may have already contaminated nearby surfaces or even have become airborne.
Decontamination will remove the contaminants and disinfect the area, returning the property to a safe and sterile environment.
Different techniques and equipment can be used to decontaminate an area depending on the specific requirements of the situation.
Biohazard cleaning in the North West
Here at Slime and Grime Cleaning, our team of specialist cleaners provide commercial and industrial businesses throughout the North West with professional biohazard cleaning services.
We provide a fast-response, discrete biohazard cleaning service that is tailored to the requirements of the incident.
We always begin each biohazard clean up with a risk assessment and select the equipment and techniques that are safest and most suited to the situation.
Our biohazard cleaning service involves a thorough and methodical clean, the safe disposal of any waste, decontamination, and deodorisation when required.