Recent Biohazard Posts

Understanding Bio Hazard Dangers

4/25/2019 (Permalink)

Not everyone understands what situations are classified as Bio Hazard. Many bio hazard situations pose grave health risks to customers as well as the cleanup companies because of the potential exposure to blood borne pathogens. One out of every 24 people has Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or HIV and these pathogens can survive in a deceased person for a considerable amount of time – up to 16 days after death, depending on the temperature and surrounding environment. Exposure to blood borne viruses can occur due to direct contact with non-intact skin, accidental injury from biological fragments, inhalation and exposure from splashes of blood or bio fluid to the eyes, nose, or mouth. Considering the health risks, bio remediation specialists must follow stringent employee safety regulations and meticulous decontamination procedures that most cleanup crews are not accustomed to. 

Separately, bio hazard situations can lead to hidden dangers that an average property restoration technician might not even consider. For example, in a water damage emergency, floor boards and drywall might be removed because they are visibly warped and unsalvageable. Then the rest of the structure can be dried out. In contrast, blood can seep through grout and in-between floorboards, even through sub flooring. There is no other way to clean the damage but to remove all affected materials – if new wood floors are installed over the blood spill or if tiles are simply wiped down, the remaining bio matter can spread disease, release odors and further damage the property. 

Bio-hazard Situations Can Lead to Hidden Dangers

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

Many biohazard situations pose grave health risks to policy holders and cleanup companies because of the potential exposure to bloodborne pathogens. One out of every 24 people has Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or HIV and these pathogens can survive in a deceased person for a considerable amount of time – up to 16 days after death, depending on the temperature and surrounding environment. Exposure to bloodborne viruses can occur due to direct contact with non-intact skin, accidental injury from biological fragments, inhalation and exposure from splashes of blood or bio fluid to the eyes, nose, or mouth. Considering the health risks, bioremediation specialists must follow stringent employee safety regulations and meticulous decontamination procedures that most cleanup crews are not accustomed to. 

Separately, biohazard situations can lead to hidden dangers that an average property restoration technician might not even consider. For example, in a water damage emergency, floor boards and drywall might be removed because they are visibly warped and unsalvageable. Then the rest of the structure can be dried out. In contrast, blood can seep through grout and in-between floorboards, even through subflooring. There is no other way to clean the damage but to remove all affected materials – if new wood floors are installed over the blood spill or if tiles are simply wiped down, the remaining bio matter can spread disease, release odors and further damage the property. 

BioHazard Warning!

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

Make Sure You Are Doing it Right: 

A reputable company should be able to deliver a detailed report which catalogs every step of the cleanup process. This should include photos of the entire process as well, so the policy holder and adjuster understand why some structural materials needed to be removed, what was disposed, why the employees went through a certain amount of protective equipment, etc. They should also have equipment available to check for non-visible but active biological fluids and other contaminants so that it is certain when an area is considered disinfected. 

24 Hour Emergency Service 

Biohazard emergencies don’t always happen during regular business hours, and that’s why SERVPRO of Manahawkin Professionals are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.  

Common Biohazard Scenarios

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

Common Biohazard Scenarios

Sewage Backups

Sewage backups and dark water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly deposits – these damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a structure. SERVPRO of Manahawkin Professionals remove the sewage, contaminants, and moisture, and help ensure the structure is properly cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized.

Bloodborne Pathogens

SERVPRO of Manahawkin Professionals remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death. Trained SERVPRO of Manahawkin Professionals clean, disinfect and deodorize the structure.

Methamphetamine Labs

SERVPRO realizes many of the chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a structure. SERVPRO of Manahawkin Professionals follow federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces.

24 Hour Emergency Service

Biohazard emergencies don’t always happen during regular business hours, and that’s why SERVPRO of Manahawkin Professionals are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night. 

Crime Scene and Trauma Cleaning Services 

3/2/2018 (Permalink)

It’s not uncommon, that after police finished processing a crime or accident scene, that they call SERVPRO of Manahawkin to being the cleaning process and initiate an overall area restoration. In many instances these crime or accident scenes have blood and or other biohazard contaminants. So it is crucial that these areas are cleaned properly so they do not pose a future health risk. SERVPRO of Manahawkin understand the severity of these situations and we are here to help! Our technicians follow OSHA and EPA protocols to effectively transform this potentially hazardous area into a safe environment. We handle each situation delicately and respectful as we understand the interruption this causes to some, our goal is to make it “Like it never even happened." 

Crime Scene and Trauma Cleaning Services 

  • Fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals 
  • Tear gas and pepper spray residues 
  • Fire extinguisher residue 
  • Blood, bodily fluids, and tissue remnants 

Common Trauma and Crime Scene Scenarios

7/13/2016 (Permalink)

Common Trauma and Crime Scene Scenarios

At SERVPRO of Manahawkin, we specialize in a wide variety of areas apart from disaster recover: water, storm and fire damage, mold, commercial and residential cleaning. We also specialize in the category of biohazard. Biohazard is a wide-stem of things, but for this specific post, we’ll be taking a deeper look into the trauma and crime scene area of things. Our production crew go through extensive training in the following areas: Crime Scene Residues, Bloodborne Pathogens, Methamphetamine labs. Our technicians follow the OSHA and EPA protocols to help restore the affected area into a safe environment. We are here to help, so please do not hesitate to reach out to us at SERVPRO of Manahawkin, this is our community, just as much as it is yours! 

 

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Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup

7/13/2016 (Permalink)

Trauma and Crime Scene Cleanup

It’s not uncommon, that after police finished processing a crime or accident scene, that they call SERVPRO of Manahawkin to being the cleaning process and initiate an overall area restoration. In many instances these crime or accident scenes have blood and or other biohazard contaminants. So it is crucial that these areas are cleaned properly so they do not pose a future health risk. SERVPRO of Manahawkin understand the severity of these situations and we are here to help! Our technicians follow OSHA and EPA protocols to effectively transform this potentially hazardous area into a safe environment. We handle each situation delicately and respectful as we understand the interruption this causes to some, our goal is to make it “Like it never even happened."

Crime Scene and Trauma Cleaning Services

  • Fingerprint powder and evidence-gathering chemicals
  • Tear gas and pepper spray residues
  • Fire extinguisher residue
  • Blood, bodily fluids, and tissue remnants

Biohazard Reporting and Testing

7/5/2016 (Permalink)

Biohazard Emergency Service

Make Sure You Are Doing it Right:

A reputable company should be able to deliver a detailed report which catalogs every step of the cleanup process. This should include photos of the entire process as well, so the policy holder and adjuster understand why some structural materials needed to be removed, what was disposed, why the employees went through a certain amount of protective equipment, etc. They should also have equipment available to check for non-visible but active biological fluids and other contaminants so that it is certain when an area is considered disinfected.

24 Hour Emergency Service

Biohazard emergencies don’t always happen during regular business hours, and that’s why SERVPRO of Manahawkin Professionals are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night. 

Why is bioremediation so complex?

7/5/2016 (Permalink)

Biohazard Cleanup

Many biohazard situations pose grave health risks to policy holders and cleanup companies because of the potential exposure to bloodborne pathogens. One out of every 24 people has Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or HIV and these pathogens can survive in a deceased person for a considerable amount of time – up to 16 days after death, depending on the temperature and surrounding environment. Exposure to bloodborne viruses can occur due to direct contact with non-intact skin, accidental injury from biological fragments, inhalation and exposure from splashes of blood or bio fluid to the eyes, nose, or mouth. Considering the health risks, bioremediation specialists must follow stringent employee safety regulations and meticulous decontamination procedures that most cleanup crews are not accustomed to.

Separately, biohazard situations can lead to hidden dangers that an average property restoration technician might not even consider. For example, in a water damage emergency, floor boards and drywall might be removed because they are visibly warped and unsalvageable. Then the rest of the structure can be dried out. In contrast, blood can seep through grout and in-between floorboards, even through subflooring. There is no other way to clean the damage but to remove all affected materials – if new wood floors are installed over the blood spill or if tiles are simply wiped down, the remaining bio matter can spread disease, release odors and further damage the property.

Common Biohazard Scenarios

7/1/2016 (Permalink)

SERVPRO Professionals taking care of business.

Common Biohazard Scenarios

Sewage Backups

Sewage backups and dark water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly deposits – these damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a structure. SERVPRO of Manahawkin Professionals remove the sewage, contaminants, and moisture, and help ensure the structure is properly cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized.

Bloodborne Pathogens

SERVPRO of Manahawkin Professionals remove and dispose of bodily fluids, tissue and other potentially pathogenic substances resulting from accident, trauma, crime or death. Trained SERVPRO of Manahawkin Professionals clean, disinfect and deodorize the structure.

Methamphetamine Labs

SERVPRO realizes many of the chemicals used in the production of illegal drugs such as methamphetamine are volatile and can leave harmful residues throughout a structure. SERVPRO of Manahawkin Professionals follow federal and state guidelines to properly clean all surfaces.

24 Hour Emergency Service

Biohazard emergencies don’t always happen during regular business hours, and that’s why SERVPRO of Manahawkin Professionals are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. You can expect an immediate response time, day or night.