For your safety and the safety of others, it is critically important to have a crime or death scene cleaned by official crime scene cleaners and professionally trained experts. That’s what we are. Since 2001, Advanced Bio Treatment has provided crime scene cleanup and biohazard remediation services for your community.
Crime Scene Cleanup FAQ’s
Who is responsible for cleaning up a crime scene?
It’s a common misconception that when a violent crime or other event that leaves blood behind has taken place, law enforcement or other first responders will clean it up. The truth is that ordinary citizens are responsible for crime scene cleanup. In most cases, homeowners, business owners or business managers must see to clean up, which may involve blood, body tissues, fingerprint dust, teargas and more.
What do crime scene cleaners do?
In short, crime scene cleaners decontaminate the scene where a crime has occurred and left potentially hazardous or dangerous materials behind. Crime scene technicians are specialists, and the technicians that work for reputable crime scene cleanup companies have been thoroughly trained in the safe and proper handling of dangerous materials. At Advanced Bio-Treatment, our crime scene cleaners are available 24/7/365 to respond to a wide range of our clients’ needs for our services, including biohazard removal involving violent crimes such as homicides, unattended deaths, suicides, and other traumatic events.
What is a biohazard?
A biohazard is a biological material, particularly microorganisms, that may be a threat to health. There are many potentially biohazardous materials on a crime, death or accident scene, including human or animal blood, human or animal waste, hypodermic needles, and body fluids. Depending upon the particular biohazard present on the scene, the dangers may include exposure to severe, life-threatening or fatal diseases.
What is the proper way to clean up blood?
Several steps must be taken to ensure that blood cleanup is effective and that the contaminated area is safe for re-occupancy. These steps include:
- Wearing gear that protects eyes and skin
- Cleaning the area of any sharp objects that could pierce protective gear
- Soaking up the blood with cloth towels, which should be put into a labeled biohazard container
- Ventilating the space
- Soaking the affected area with a registered disinfectant
- Wiping again with cloth towels, which should also be safely discarded
- Disposing of protective gear in a sealed bag and labeling it as biohazardous material
Can I clean up a crime scene or biohazards myself?
Cleaning up after a homicide or other violent crime or death is not a task for the untrained person. A professional crime scene or blood cleanup team not only has the proper equipment, protective gear, and disinfectants that are not available to the general public—it also has the experience to detect potentially hazardous materials that can’t be readily seen by the naked eye. At Advanced Bio-Treatment, our technicians are skilled in forensic cleaning, disinfecting, removing blood and body tissue, and locating potential contamination in the surrounding furnishings, structural elements, and more.
Can a company that cleans up fire or water damage also clean up blood?
There are some companies that are better known for carpet cleaning and repairing water and fire damage that also list crime scene cleanup or blood cleanup among their services. The critical issue, however, is whether those companies’ cleanup crews are knowledgeable about OSHA regulations and other federal and state guidelines. Any company you’re considering should have certified technicians who have undergone extensive training in handling bloodborne and airborne pathogens.
What credentials should I check for when hiring a crime scene cleanup company?
For your peace of mind, it’s important to verify that the crime scene cleaning team that comes into your home or on to your company’s property is properly insured. Before selecting a crime scene cleanup company, you should also make sure that the company you choose carries a Pollution Liability policy as added protection for you.
In addition to carrying proper insurance, there are many certifications available for crime scene cleanup companies to obtain to ensure their technicians have proper training, while also following proper guidelines and best practices.
ABT & K-9s For Warriors
Advanced Bio-Treatment partners up with K-9s For Warriors in their mission to empower veterans in their return to civilian life by providing service dogs to those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury, and other trauma as a result of military service post 9/11.
ABT & Ronald McDonald House
Advanced Bio-Treatment values its relationships in the communities it serves and in effort to give back, ABT is partnering with Ronald McDonald House (RHMC) in a joint mission to address the problems and lessen the emotional stress that families experience while helping their children fight illnesses.
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