4 Hazards Associated with Homeless Encampments and How Bio-One Can Help!

Image shows a supermarket cart filled with wrinkled clothing in a Homeless Encampment. It has a banner on the bottom with text "Bio-One of Oceanside, 2021."

APR 27, 2021 by RAFAEL ALEMÁN  

Cleaning and Removal of Homeless Encampments is a delicate operation that should be done only by Professionals. Bio-One has assisted Businesses, Government Agencies, and Law Enforcement with the remediation of Homeless Encampments, following the procedures that guarantee safety and complete hazard-free (biological, chemical, and physical) areas.

 

According to the ASU Center for Problem-Oriented Policing, Homeless Encampments can take many forms: “…tent cities; groups living under freeway overpasses; and groups sleeping in parks, in skid rows (urban areas with concentrations of poverty and dilapidated buildings), in subway tunnels, on sidewalks, etc.”

 

When sanitizing Homeless Encampments, 4 hazardous areas should be approached by Professionals using the correct protocols and PPE:

 

BIOHAZARDOUS WASTE ASSOCIATED WITH SUBSTANCE ABUSE

 

Unfortunately, Homeless Encampments are often an environment where substance abuse is present. The main biohazard risk associated with this problem is hypodermic needles and other paraphernalia. The cleaning process should be followed by Professionals using adequate PPE and Training. 

 

Substance abuse also includes the issue of Chronic Inebriation. Regardless of the areas where  Homeless Encampment might be located, Chronic Inebriation can lead to crime and public disorder risk, as these individuals become incapable of defending themselves. 

 

Our Team of Professionals at Bio-One of Oceanside is prepared to handle and sanitize Homeless Encampments where drug use might have been reported.

 

HUMAN FECES, URINE, AND OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS

 

Homeless Encampments are usually set in improvised areas where there’s no access to a bathroom and other physiological needs. Human Feces and Urine is a severe issue that comes with Homeless Encampment because some will turn to rivers for human disposal, leading to contamination in the water supply system of surrounding communities.

 

There are also several environmental hazards associated with Homeless Encampments. The absence of adequate living conditions creates a problem for the environment. Humans need food, water, and other basic resources just to stay alive. 

 

Batteries, fuels, and other hazardous materials are used for improvised cooking and heating. Also, propane tanks irresponsibly placed can lead to severe accidents in the perimeter. 


Bio-One Specialists follow strict guidelines to dispose of these Environmental hazards, making sure that the areas are decontaminated and safe for public use and transit.

Image show debris and trash in a Homeless Encampment, picture is taken from above. It has a banner on the bottom with text "Bio-One of Oceanside, 2021."

DEBRIS, TRASH, AND PUBLIC SAFETY HAZARDS

 

Coupled with the fact that many homeless individuals might be struggling with mental conditions (and they most likely won’t have the means to cover treatment or regular checkups) Homeless Encampments can be the center of accumulation of junk and trash. 

 

Depending on these encampments’ locations, debris and filth can be piled up more easily. Our Team of Professionals at Bio-One of Oceanside is qualified to clear out Homeless Encampments and remediating areas of public use. 

 

 

PEST INFESTATION AND OTHER VERMIN, A HEALTH HAZARD FOR PROPERTIES AND OTHER COMMUNITIES

 

The improvised and, sometimes, rudimentary conditions in which Homeless Encampments come about make the perfect scenario for wild animals and other pests infestations to take over these locations, and subsequently, the surrounding properties, businesses, and Communities.

 

This has been a problem for Property Owners in the areas near Homeless Encampments. Pests infestation (rodents, roaches, fleas) are just a few of the consequences associated with the proliferation of unpremeditated, and even short-term Homeless Encampments.

Bio-One technicians specialize in the removal and decontamination of areas that have been affected by animal waste. The majority of these pests can transmit severe viral diseases like leptospirosis and Hepatitis A and B.

 

BIO-ONE IS HERE FOR YOU!

 

If you’re a Property Manager, City, or County Official in need of a Homeless Encampment cleanup in your community, let our Team of Specialists at Bio-One of Oceanside help you.

 

It’s important to follow strict guidelines and protocols to successfully remediate these areas. There are multiple hazards that you shouldn’t face unless you’re properly trained to do so.

 

If your Community needs help cleaning after a Homeless Encampment removal, give us a call at 760-429-0729! We are available 24/7, 365 days a year.

 

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