Professional Biohazard Cleanup: What You Need To Know
When people think about biohazard cleanup, they often think about some type of hazardous chemical or perhaps a crime scene. However, at Bio-One® Augusta, we are called in for a wide range of biohazard cleanup jobs and often we are helping families during the most challenging times of their lives.
Types Of Hazardous Materials
Anything that can pose a threat to a human being can be considered a hazardous material. After all, even household cleaners can be dangerous if ingested or, in some cases, the fumes can be dangerous. However, when we talk about biohazard remediation, we typically mean one of the following materials:
Human Bodily Fluids – There are many bloodborne pathogens, and blood and other bodily fluids can transmit a wide range of viruses (HIV, hepatitis, COVID-19) or bacteria (MRSA, E-Coli, salmonella, etc.)
Human & Animal Waste – Urine and feces from either humans or animals also can transmit disease. In homeless encampments, death cleanup and hoarding cleanup situations, we often remove human waste as well as rat dropping or pet waste.
Hazardous Chemicals – Hundreds of chemicals pose a danger to humans, and OSHA defines a chemical as hazardous if it poses a threat to your health, such as a toxin that could affect your lungs, skin or eyes. In some cases, the chemical or compound might be hazardous because it is flammable or explosive. These are just a few examples of what might constitute a hazardous chemical or substance.
When Should You Call Bio-One® Augusta?
If your home or facility has been contaminated by hazardous materials, it’s always best to use a professional biohazard cleanup service. Likewise, if a person dies, such as an unattended death or suicide, a professional should be called. Handling biohazardous material on your own is never a good idea.
Businesses must adhere to OSHA rules regarding biohazard situations and cleanup, so for a landlord/property owner or business owner, it’s always best to contact a professional cleanup service. Failure to properly clean up after an accident can result in fines and even set you up for lawsuits for negligence.
Proper biohazard cleaning requires the use of personal protective equipment as well as special OSHA-approved cleaners and equipment. Additionally, we ensure that all hazardous materials are removed from the area. In some cases, this requires removing furniture and other items, as well as removing carpet, padding, flooring and drywall. None of this should be handled by a family member, business owner or employee.
Additionally, for a family member, friend or even a landlord or boss, attempting to clean up after a traumatic event isn’t something you should have to handle. When a loved one has died, we can provide compassionate, discrete cleanup services and complete these tasks as quickly as possible for your peace of mind.
When it comes to hoarding cleanup, this can be a horrific ordeal for families and landlords, and highly emotional. Hiring a biohazard cleaning company not only ensures complete biohazard remediation but also can lessen the grief of a difficult situation.
Our Biohazard Cleaning Services Include:
- Crime Scene Cleanup
- Death Cleanup (including decomposition & unattended death cleanup)
- Suicide Cleanup
- Hoarding Cleanup
- Homeless Encampment Cleanup
- Tear Gas Cleanup
- Chemical Spill Cleanup
- Medical Waste & Biohazard Waste Removal (and needle/Sharps removal)
- Emergency Vehicle Decontamination
- Feces/Urine Removal (include animal waste, i.e., rodent droppings)
- Odor Removal
- Sewage Cleanup
What To Expect: Fast & Compassionate Services
While some biohazard situations are more emotional than others, we know that any type of accident or hazardous situation can be stressful, so first and foremost you can expect compassionate services from the whole Bio-One® team. We understand that this is a difficult time, and do our best to be helpful, kind and discrete and work as quickly as possible to complete the cleanup.
We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. There is never a time when we aren’t available to help you with biohazard cleanup, so whether you need crime scene cleaners, suicide cleanup or there’s been a traumatic accident at your home or place of business, we are always here to help.
We work with all major insurance companies as well, so you don’t need to worry about paying upfront for our services. We understand that this is a trying time, and we do our best to limit paperwork and other minutiae at the time of service to make the cleanup process as easy as possible for our clients.
When we arrive at the scene, our first step is to complete an OSHA-mandated assessment of the area. We then secure the area and limit access to ensure that there is no cross-contamination of hazardous materials. The next step is to remove all traces of biological materials and other biohazards. After all biohazardous material has been removed, we disinfect and deodorize the area.
Our Service Area
As our name suggests, we serve the entire Augusta metro area and all of Richmond County. Our service area also includes Aiken, Barnwell, Burke, Columbia, Edgefield, Jefferson, Lincoln and McDuffie counties. If you need any type of biohazard cleanup, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (706) 305-5029. We are here to help 24 hours a day, seven days a week.