Bio Hazard Removal, Remediation & Clean-Up Services for Homes & Businesses
Serving York County, SC: Fort Mill, Rock Hill, York, Newport, Lesslie, Riverview & Charlotte Metro: Waxhaw, Gastonia, NC
A biohazard is any material which poses a threat to human health. This includes materials contaminated with blood, feces, or other body fluids. It also includes any materials contaminated with viruses, bacteria, or other microorganisms. Biohazards require special cleaning services to guarantee the safety of everyone involved.
What are Biohazard Cleanup Services?
Biohazard cleanup services clean and disinfect areas contaminated with biohazards. This includes removing any hazardous materials, disinfecting the site, and disposing of any waste properly. These services are essential in assuring the safety of both people and property.
There are many different biohazardous materials, each requiring special cleaning procedures. Blood, for example, can be a biohazard if it is contaminated with diseases or other microorganisms. Feces can also be a biohazard if it contains bacteria or viruses. Other materials, such as medical waste, can also be biohazards.
What Situations Require Biohazard Cleanup?
- Crime scenes
- Animal infestations
- Meth and other drug labs
- Sites of human decomposition
- Deaths in a home or business
- Hoarding situations
- Feces removal
- Trauma scenes
What Does Biohazard Cleanup Involve?
Biohazard cleanup is an intensive process. The first step is establishing a control zone, wherein only authorized and protected persons may enter. This action is essential to minimize the harm caused by hazardous materials.
Next, the dangerous materials are removed and disposed of by proper procedure. Then, our team uses medical-grade, OSHA-approved chemicals to sanitize and disinfect all possibly contaminated areas.
Then, the area is deodorized to eliminate any lingering odors.
After that, all debris is properly disposed of following local and state regulations.
Finally, we begin the restoration process, which may include repairs, painting, and other construction work. We aim to leave the area looking like it did before the biohazard incident.
Classification Of Biohazards
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has determined there are four levels of biohazard:
Level one refers to materials with little threat to humans and the environment around them and is easily contained. These include materials like blood from a paper cut.
Level two biohazards pose a moderate risk. These may include uncontained quantities of blood or bodily fluids. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is necessary when working with level two biohazards as they contain pathogens which cause serious illnesses in humans, most notably HIV, Hepatitis B and C, and MRSA.
Plumbing emergencies also fall into this category. Human feces can host a plethora of diseases, including:
Level Three biohazards present a serious risk and require PPE and special handling and disposal procedures. These include materials like:
- Blood from an infectious disease victim
- Bodily fluids from an infected person
- Clinical waste from a hospital or medical facility
In these situations, pathogens may become airborne, causing serious illness through respiratory transmission. Insect and rodent infestations also fall under this category. Pest feces and urine can transmit several diseases to humans, including:
- Rat-Bite Fever
Level Four biohazards present the highest risk to humans. These require the use of PPE and special handling and disposal procedures. These include materials like:
- Blood from Ebola or other hemorrhagic fevers
- Samples of a deadly virus
The pathogen is highly transmissible in these cases and causes serious, potentially fatal human illnesses. These biohazards must be handled by specially trained and certified personnel.
What Is Biohazard Trauma Cleanup?
Biohazard trauma cleanup involves a scene with a traumatic event, such as a homicide, suicide, or serious accident. This cleanup is often performed by specially trained and certified professionals as it can be emotionally difficult for those unfamiliar with such situations.
Biohazard trauma cleanup generally follows the same steps as other types of biohazard cleanup. However, it also includes additional steps, such as removing and disposing of personal belongings, cleaning up visible blood or bodily fluids, and supporting family members or other loved ones. Let us deal with the aftermath of a traumatic event so you can focus on healing and moving forward.
If you have a biohazard emergency, please contact us, STOP Restoration, today at (803) 998-2456. We serve the greater York County, SC area, as well as the Charlotte Metro area in North Carolina.