We are sharing four ways to safely dispose of biohazards and how a cleanup company like Bio-One can help you secure a safe environment for you or your loved ones to return to after a traumatic life event. Our crew has the experience and expertise to handle any biohazard situation. We're here to help you every step, from safely disposing of them to providing emotional support.
You must be extremely careful when cleaning up and safely disposing of biohazards, as they pose a severe health risk to humans and animals if they are not safely cleaned up.
Biohazards - What You Need To Know
A biohazard is any material that contains potentially infectious materials, often found in:
- Crime scenes
- Suicide, undiscovered death, and other trauma scenes
- Hoarding situations
Any time there is potential exposure to blood or other bodily fluids, there is also the potential for exposure to biohazards. Proper biohazard cleanup is essential to prevent disease outbreaks. The improper treatment of any hazardous material can put you, your crew, or your loved ones at risk for serious health problems, such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV, and other bloodborne illnesses.
What Are Some Examples of Biohazards?
Some common biohazards include:
- Blood and bodily fluids such as saliva and vomit
- Animal remains and excretions
- Infectious waste
- Chemical spills
- Tear gas and chemical weapons
- Medical waste
Handling biohazardous waste requires special care and training. Exposure to dangerous pathogens may result in severe health consequences, so it's essential for anyone attempting to restore these scenarios to follow the necessary protocols and health regulations that include using the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect not only themselves but those around them.
Contaminated Materials Carry Bloodborne Pathogens
Bloodborne pathogens are microorganisms that can cause human disease and are present in human blood and other bodily fluids. These pathogens can cause several serious diseases, including Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV/AIDS.
What To Do If You Are Exposed to Biohazardous Materials
If you have been exposed to biohazards, removing any contaminated materials and cleaning yourself as soon as possible is essential. Here's what you must do:
- Remove any clothing or items that have been contaminated with potentially infectious materials and put them in a separate bag. DO NOT throw the bag in your regular trash container.
- Wash your hands thoroughly.
- Flush the area of your skin that has been exposed to biohazards with cool water for at least 15 minutes.
- Put on a clean set of clothing.
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible.
If You Have an Open Wound
If you have cuts, scrapes, or open wounds, here’s a list of things you can do while you wait for medical assistance:
- Rinse the wound under running tap water for five to ten minutes. Do not scrub or use any harsh chemicals.
- Soak a gauze pad or cloth in saline solution or tap water, or use an alcohol-free wipe and gently dab or wipe the skin with it. Avoid using antiseptic as it may damage the skin.
- If you have one available, apply an antibiotic ointment to any cuts, scrapes, or open wounds.
Learn more about NHS’s guide on How to clean up a wound. Contacting the authorities in the face of a crime scene or traumatic event is also imperative.
4 Ways to Safely Dispose of Biohazards
There are four key ways to dispose of biohazards safely:
- Remove all potential biohazards from the scene
Remove any materials that may be contaminated with blood or other bodily fluids. These should be placed in heavy-duty garbage bags and sealed tightly before being removed from the premises.
- Clean and disinfect all surfaces that may have been exposed to biohazards
This includes countertops, floors, walls, and any other surfaces that may have come into contact with potentially infectious materials. All surfaces should be thoroughly cleaned with a disinfectant solution and allowed to air dry.
- Safely dispose of all biohazards
When handling biohazardous materials, it's crucial to wear gloves, goggles, and a face mask to prevent exposure to potentially infectious materials. PPE should be removed and disposed of properly after each use.
- Contact a professional biohazard cleanup company
Never attempt to clean up biohazards yourself – Biohazard cleanup companies are fundamental in a crime scene or traumatic event involving blood and bodily fluids. They are responsible for safely and properly removing biohazards from a home or business.
At Bio-One, our technicians follow strict guidelines to dispose of biohazards from affected areas efficiently and promptly. If you have any questions about biohazardous waste disposal or if you need help with a biohazard situation, please don't hesitate to contact us. We're here to help 24/7/365.
Bio-One has a full license in biohazard remediation services
Bio-One employs certified restoration technicians with the proper training, knowledge, and experience necessary to provide biohazard cleanup services in accordance with OSHA standards. We use only the latest and most advanced methods, products, and equipment to clean and decontaminate homes or businesses affected by biohazards.
In addition to our biohazard cleanup services, we also offer crime scene cleaning, hoarder house cleaning, and fentanyl cleanup services.
If you have any questions about our biohazard cleanup process or would like to schedule a free consultation, do not hesitate to contact us.
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Bio-One of Oceanside is the #1 Disinfection, Sanitation, and Decontamination Company in North San Diego County, providing professional, industry standards services in all kinds of extreme scenarios:
- Crime scene cleanup services
- Trauma scene cleaning services
- Blood and biohazard cleaning services
- Undiscovered or unattended death cleaning services
- Homicide/Suicide cleaning services
- Feces and bodily fluids cleaning services
- Mold remediation services
- Water damage restoration services
- Emergency vehicle decontamination services
- Fentanyl cleanup services
- Medical waste disposal services
- Tear gas cleaning services
- Sewage backup cleaning services
Hoarding cleanup services
- Hoarding cleanup
- Animal hoarding cleanup
- Gross filth cleanup
- Deep clean
- Junk removal
- Homeless encampment clean-out
- Hazardous waste disposal
- Nicotine stain/odor removal
- Odor removal
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Bio-One of Oceanside springs into action to assist survivors when a traumatic event occurs. We work with local law enforcement, emergency responders, victim advocacy organizations, hoarding task forces, apartment communities, and insurance companies to ensure that you receive the greatest service feasible.
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