Guide For Crime Scene Biological And Infectious Hazard Clean Up

biohazard-clean-up-remediationProfessional cleaners that deal with trauma clean-up can better market their services by advertising their full compliance with guidelines laid out in the Reference Guide for Trauma and Crime Scene Biological and Infectious Hazard Clean Up. This standard, which can be purchased from the IICRC website, outlines procedures for removing any disease-causing agents that escape into the environment when an individual dies or suffers severe injury.  It also enumerates the many health effects caused by biohazards, necessary equipment professionals require, and the safe transport and disposal of waste materials.


One of the more important points of focus addressed by the standard is that of material and building science
.  Any tissue or bodily fluid is classified as a biohazard per Federal regulations.  Whenever a violent crime occurs within a building, or when a body begins to decompose within its interior, the surrounding building materials become contaminated with a variety of toxic agents.  The Reference Guide for Trauma and Crime Scene Biological and Infectious Hazard Clean Up provides a number of detailed items that cover the removal of these toxins from building materials.  For example, blood stains on the carpet typically soak through the carpet and seep into the flooring beneath.  Effective environmental cleaning not only removes the biohazard from the carpet, but also from its supporting understructure.

Certain tools are required for biohazard removal.  Special equipment, such as protective gear, must also be worn by the removal personnel in order to protect them from the hazardous materials they are using.  It benefits any organization specializing in this type of work to follow the recommended equipment list found in the standard.  Tools that can be reused, along with equipment that is by nature disposable, is clearly defined.  Containers for various types of waste, along with chemicals that help sanitize the environment after cleaning is complete, are also covered in the standard.

The Reference Guide for Trauma and Crime Scene Biological and Infectious Hazard Clean Up also talks about the various health effects associated with different types of incidents.  Diseases such as the Flu, including Type A and H1N1, HIV/AIDS, Type A and B Hepatitis, TB, Cholera, and Salmonella are all diseases that can be transmitted from bodily fluids.  These fluids escape into the environment any time a body decomposes, whether a person commits suicide, is murdered, or suffers some type of tragic, accidental death.

Other aspects of the biohazard removal industry are also covered in the Reference Guide for Trauma and Crime Scene Biological and Infectious Hazard Clean Up.  General safety and health precautions are addressed in the standard.  Administrative procedures that pertain to the execution of various cleanup jobs are also enumerated.  Guidelines for inspection are covered, along with information on when and how to demolish structures that are simply too hazardous to remain standing.  Content removal, transportation, and disposal of contaminants are also covered in the material.

Professionals interested in purchasing the Reference Guide for Trauma and Crime Scene Biological and Infectious Hazard Clean Up can do so online at the IICRC website.  This site also contains information on continuing education, professional certification, and marketing materials that registrants and certified firms can use to solicit their services to their respective communities.

 

Written By: The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC)

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It’s Our Job To Fight Bloodborne Pathogens

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What are blood borne pathogens?

Blood borne pathogens are pathogenic microorganisms in the blood or other body fluids that can cause illness and disease in people. These microorganisms can be transmitted through contact with contaminated blood and body fluids.

Some examples of blood borne pathogens are:

HEPATITIS B (HBV), HEPATITIS C (HCV), Other NON A, NON B HEPATITIS, HUMAN IMMUNODEFICIENCY VIRUS (HIV), MALARIA

Other body fluids besides blood have demonstrated a viral load sufficient to potentially transmit infection.

These fluids are:

Cerebrospinal fluid
Synovial fluid
Pleural fluid
Amniotic fluid
Pericardial fluid
Peritoneal fluid
Semen
Vaginal secretions
Any body fluid contaminated with blood or saliva in dental procedures.
Body fluids in emergency situations that cannot be recognized.

How long can blood borne diseases live outside the body?

There are a lot of varying opinions on this subject, but we know for sure that HIV can survive for 3 to 5 hours and Hepatitis B & C can survive for 4 to 5 days and some say up to 2 months.

Can I become sick or infected by dried blood?

Yes, some diseases can still be active in dried blood for example Hepatitis which can remain in dried blood for in excess of two weeks.

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Man killed wife at Dunkin’ Donuts shop, police say

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Police respond to the scene of a homicide Sunday, April 12, 2015, in a Dunkin’ Donuts in Hanover, Md., in an undated image provided by the Anne Arundel County, Md., Police. Police are searching for a man charged with killing his wife at the Dunkin’ Donuts where they worked. Anne Arundel County police said in a press release Monday that an officer checked the business and found a severely injured woman in the kitchen area. Police say the woman, 21-year-old Palak Bhadreskumar Patel of Hanover, died at the scene. Police say the investigation revealed that Patel’s husband, 24-year-old Bhadreshkumar Chetanbhai Patel, hit her multiple times with an object and then fled. They say Patel has been charged with murder, assault and a weapons offense. Photo: AP

HANOVER, Md. (AP) — Police are searching for a man charged with killing his wife at the Dunkin’ Donuts where they worked.

Patrons called police Sunday night after discovering no workers at the Dunkin’ Donuts on Arundel Mills Boulevard in Hanover.

Anne Arundel County police said in a news release Monday that an officer checked the business and found a severely injured woman in the kitchen area. Police say the woman, 21-year-old Palak Bhadreskumar Patel of Hanover, died at the scene.

Police say the investigation revealed that Patel’s husband, 24-year-old Bhadreshkumar Chetanbhai Patel, hit her multiple times with an object and then fled. They say Patel has been charged with murder, assault and a weapons offense.