What exactly does a trauma cleaning professional do? They respond after events such as accidents, unattended deaths, violent crimes, and suicides to devise a plan to safely remove bodily fluids, blood, and other potentially infectious materials from the property. These professionals exist because trauma and crime scene cleaning is not something a property owner should attempt on their own. In addition to the health and safety risks involved, the untrained person faces emotional and mental health risks associated with trauma and crime scene cleanup.
Trauma Cleaning Standards
Blood and other potentially infectious materials associated with trauma and crime scene cleanup could expose individuals to Hepatitis A, B, and C, HIV, E. Coli, and MRSA, just to name a few. Therefore, trauma and crime scene cleaning should be done in accordance with the ANSI/IICRC S540 Standard for Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup.
Trauma Cleaning Training
How do you know if a company is properly trained in trauma and crime scene cleanup? For starters, they’ll provide the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to protect the health and safety of the technicians. Faces should be covered with shields or respirators, rubber boots should be worn, clothing should be covered with a disposable suit, and hand protection should be worn.
How Trauma Cleaners Work
Before work begins, professional trauma and crime scene cleaners should devise a work plan that specifically addresses the prevention of cross-contamination. They will use colored disposal bags marked for biohazard waste in order to follow disposal regulations. All porous and semi-porous affected materials in the property should be disposed of before cleaning commences. Non-porous materials can be cleaned with appropriate antimicrobials.
More than anything, a true trauma and crime scene cleaning professional utilize compassion and discretion when assisting clients during their time of need. Dealing with a traumatic event is difficult, but when performed properly, a professional cleaning company delivers an exceptional experience that alleviates the customer’s stress while removing all reminders of the traumatic event.