A trauma event can occur at your home in Kansas City, MO, resulting in spills of bodily fluids. Such spills can carry biohazards, posing a threat of disease for people living in the house. To avoid such risks, you need to hire a professional firm like ServiceMaster DSI to carry out biohazard cleanup in your home.
Biohazard cleanup is a complex task wherein technicians have to perform remediation in conditions where the risk of infection is very high. Here, we look into clean up and decontamination tasks that trauma cleanup technicians perform if a surface is potentially contaminated with Ebola virus.
Cleanup and Disinfection
Experts perform certain steps to clean up and disinfect contaminated surfaces. Let’s go through the details here.
- If vomit, feces, urine, blood, or other body fluids are suspected to contain the Ebola virus, then surfaces contaminated with these body fluids are cleaned and disinfected on an immediate basis.
- Apart from performing biohazard cleanup, experts also isolate the area where contamination is present until the decontamination work is completed. This way, they are able to minimize exposure to people working in that location.
- To achieve complete decontamination and disinfection, technicians carry out a second disinfection after most of the contaminants are removed from the location.
- Technicians utilize their training and experience to avoid techniques that can deteriorate the situation. For instance, they do not use water sprays or pressurized air since they know that use of such materials can result in spread of bio-aerosols
Use of Appropriate Disinfectants
Biohazard cleanup professionals make use of disinfectants that will provide desired results against Ebola virus contamination. Disinfectants they select include:
- Disinfectants that are U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered and are appropriate for use against non-enveloped viruses. These non-enveloped viruses include polio virus, adenovirus, rotavirus, norovirus, and others. Technicians understand that compared to enveloped viruses (like Ebola virus), non-enveloped ones are harder to destroy. Thus, by using stronger disinfectant meant for non-enveloped viruses, they are able to effectively eliminate enveloped viruses
- In a situation where disinfectant with EPA-registered-products is not available, biohazard cleanup experts prepare a 10 percent solution of household bleach to work as an alternative
Disposal of Waste after Cleanup
After cleanup and decontamination work is completed, biohazard cleanup professionals ensure that waste is disposed of by following standards for blood-borne pathogens as laid out by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (29 CFR 1910.1030) and also as per hazardous materials regulations specified by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
As you can see, different aspects need to be managed to ensure biohazard cleanup takes place according to standards. Technicians at ServiceMaster DSI have the required certification and experience to ensure all necessary steps are performed to decontaminate and disinfect locations where a spill of bodily fluids has occurred.
If any trauma incidence has occurred at your home that requires biohazard cleanup, then give us a call at (816) 527-9412. Our technicians will visit your home in Kansas City, MO, analyze the situation, and develop a plan of action to carry out clean up and remediation work.