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Prevent Health Hazards With Proper Biohazard Waste Disposal
What Are Biological Hazards? Biological Hazards are organic matter like blood and other bodily fluids as well as airborne pathogens which pose a health hazard. In the aftermath of any trauma, whether it is an accident, violent crime or the discovery of an unattended death, biohazards are left behind that require the attention of the trained professionals at Advanced Bio Treatment.
ABT provides services for physician’s offices, dental offices, hospitals, surgery centers, assisted living facilities and many more. Let ABT be your partner in ensuring that your medical waste is properly disposed. If you are in the medical field and need assistance in disposal of medical waste, ABT can help and does not require contracts and no hidden fees. Contact us for more information.
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Biohazard Cleanup FAQs
What Is Biohazard Cleanup?
Accidents, spills, crime scenes, and other disasters can leave blood and other infectious compounds behind. Failing to clean the mess up can put you at risk for contracting a range of harmful pathogens, but cleaning it up the wrong way is just as dangerous.
A biohazard cleanup crew has the training and equipment to clean up the biohazard without putting anyone at risk. They will then transport it to a safe location for disposal after disinfecting the impacted area. Turning to a trusted team of experts is the only smart move when you are dealing with biohazards that can spread diseases and cause infections.
Does Biohazard Cleanup Require a Certification?
Florida and California are the only states that require biohazard removal experts to get a certification to work in the industry. Many companies in those states work with employees to help them meet the requirements as quickly as possible.
Biohazard waste removal companies in other states have strict rules and policies that regulate how employees handle infectious material. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration also set clear standards on the steps employers must take to keep their employees safe while on the job.
What Are the Potential Health Effects of Biohazard Exposure?
Being near a biohazard can expose you to a range of diseases of which you must be aware. HIV and hepatitis are just two examples of diseases you can get when exposed to a biohazard. Coming in contact with the infectious material is sometimes enough to cause health problems, so you don’t want to take any risks. The health effects of biohazards are also dependent on their material properties and the risks associated with each:
- Agent stability in the environment
- Infectious Dose
- Host Range
- Availability of Effective Therapy
- Potential outcome of exposure
- Lab-Acquired Illness Cases
- Route of Exposure
- Skin and Mucous Membrane Contact
- Percutaneous Injuries
What Are Some Examples of Biohazards?
You are likely wondering about biohazard examples so that you can get a clear picture of the threat you might be facing. Here are a few examples:
- Blood and other bodily fluids that are present at the scene of a death or crime are considered biohazardous. A professional blood cleanup crew is required to decontaminate and remediate the areas affected to return it to a safe condition for inhabitants.
- Hoarding situations often contain biohazardous materials. Underneath the towers of clutter there may be animal and human feces, urine, decomposing waste, and/or hazardous chemicals.
- Body parts and decaying animals are another threat that can contribute to the spread of harmful pathogens.
How Are Biohazards Classified?
Biohazards are classified in levels 1 through 4:
Level-1 biohazard is the least severe and only requires basic protective equipment to stay safe, such as gloves and a face mask.
Level-2 biohazard, you are at risk for a mild disease that is unlikely to spread through the air.
Level-3 biohazards cause serious diseases and can be fatal if you do not seek prompt treatment after exposure. Most people exposed to level-3 biohazards survive if they take the proper steps after infection.
Level-4 biohazards are deadly viruses for which no treatment exists.
How Do You Dispose of Biohazardous Waste?
A biohazard cleanup crew will gather the infectious material and transport it to a lab for sanitation and disinfection. They will place it in a device that removes the air and increases the temperature to the point that kills all viruses and bacteria. Once the crew completes the sanitation process, they can dispose of the waste in standard trash bins.
Who Cleans Biohazards From a Crime Scene?
Some people think they can clean up biohazards from a crime scene without the right tools or training, but that mistake puts them at risk. You never want to take the chance because many diseases can live for days or months on a dry surface. You could also miss spots and expose others to infections if you don’t take the right steps. When the threat of harmful diseases is present, only an experienced and educated biohazard cleanup team can do the job without putting you and others in harm’s way.
Does ABT Offer Biohazard Cleanup Services Near Me?
If you think you might need biohazard cleanup services, you are likely wondering if Advanced Bio-Treatment handles jobs in your area. You will be pleased to discover we operate in the central, northeast, eastern and southeastern regions. We also provide services throughout Texas. If you live in any of those areas and need a biohazard team you can trust, give us a call 24/7 to speak to an ABT representative.
Why Is Disinfection Important?
Prompt disinfection is essential in any situation involving biohazardous material if you value your health and well-being. Coming in contact with infectious material is sometimes enough to contract a deadly disease. You can’t afford to take those risks because it could cost you your life.
Some people overlook the concern because they think dry blood and bodily fluids are safe, but they are not. You can still contract pathogens once the infectious material has dried or been “cleaned”.
Cleaning and disinfecting are two very different things. The cleaning of visible materials is no guarantee of safety. Opting for disinfection is the only smart path when your health and safety are on the line, and we can do the job in a way that gives you peace of mind.
What Should I Look for in a Biohazard Waste Disposal Company?
You want to know you are getting the best possible results when you enlist a biohazard cleanup crew. To reach that goal, make sure you know the top things for which you should look for in a biohazard disposal company:
- You want to hire a team that has been around for a while and established a positive reputation in the industry.
- The company you enlist must have caring experts who refuse to take shortcuts or cut corners during the cleanup process.
- Look for a team that answers your questions and maintains transparency from start to finish.
- If you are serious about hiring a team on which you can depend, look for companies that have a positive reputation with the Better Business Bureau.
What Precautions Should I Take If I Come in Contact With Biohazardous Material?
Possible exposure to a biohazard is a dangerous situation to which you must offer a fast response. If you have not yet reported the biohazard, make sure you alert the proper authorities of the issue so that they can take steps to minimize the damage. You will then need to go to the hospital for testing and treatment.
When you arrive, give the nurse as much information as you can about the biohazard to which you were exposed and how you came in contact with it. Depending on the nature of your exposure, you will undergo blood testing and receive any needed shots. The medical professionals with whom you speak will give you a follow-up appointment for additional testing and bloodwork.