Overview of Hoarders’ Rights and Hoarding Laws in Southern California

Thanks in part to a number of relatively popular television programs featuring people who hoard, hoarding has become widely known by people across Southern California, and elsewhere in the country, even without any direct contact with an actual hoarder. On the other hand, each and every day, people in Southern California encounter situations in which…

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Understanding the Importance of Safe, Professional Human Feces Cleanup

Life can take unexpected courses and present unimaginable challenges. Many of these unanticipated challenges arise when a loved one is injured, becomes ill, or ages. Indeed, some of the issues that accompany injury, illness, and aging prove difficult to even discuss. One such issue is a situation in which an injury, illness, aging, or some…

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5 Examples of Biohazardous Waste

According to the World Healthcare Organization, roughly 15% of all healthcare related waste fits into the category of ‘biohazardous waste’. Biohazardous waste sounds terrifying, doesn’t it? The term ‘biohazard’ references a specific type of waste that poses a serious danger and threat to living organisms in the surrounding areas. There are many different kinds of…

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Trapping Laws and Regulations in the State of California

The state of California has enacted specific statutes governing the trapping of wild animals. These laws serve a number of purposes, including the humane treatment of animals and as a means of protecting the ecosystem in the state more generally. If you will be involved in the trapping of animals in California for one reason…

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Who Pays for Crime Scene Cleanup?

The violent crime rate in California is higher than the national average at 451 violent crimes perpetrated per every 100,000 people in the state annually, according to the Public Policy Institute of California. A majority of violent crimes occur in residences. Consequently, homeowners and others are faced with crime scene cleanup. A fundamental question faced…

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Role of a Death Cleaning Service: Understanding & Hiring the Right Team

Dealing with the tragic loss of a loved one, whether expected or unexpected, is never easy. While our thoughts might immediately go toward coping with our grief, we cannot forget that there are things that need to be dealt with in the present. In the devastating aftermath of losing a loved one, you must make…

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What Are the Contents of Human Feces?

In the medical arena, a considerable amount of discussion occurs regarding human feces. The state of a person’s feces can be indicative of if that individual is afflicted with some type of malady or disease, according to the Mayo Clinic. The shape, color, presence of blood, and other factors can provide physicians with basic information…

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OSHA Regulations and Standards for Workplace Death Cleanup

A workplace accident that results in injuries and death nearly always involves the release of blood, bodily fluids, and other biological materials. As a result, OSHA regulations and standards regarding cleaning up after a worksite death is focused on the presumption that biohazardous materials will be present at the scene. Cordon Off Scene of Worksite…

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OSHA Regulations: Overview of Workplace Injuries Involving Blood and Bodily Fluids

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is a part of the U.S. Department of Labor and was established in 1971 by President Richard Nixon. The primary purpose of OSHA is to create and enforce certain safety regulations in specific workplaces in the United States. These regulations include how job site injuries that result in the…

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Los Angeles’ No Trespassing Form

If you’re serious about protecting your property from trespassers, you must not only post “No Trespassing” signs in conspicuous locations on your property, but you need to file a “No Trespass Form” annually with the Los Angeles Police Department. A “No Trespassing” sign should state the following: THIS PROPERTY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC. No Entry…

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Deodorization Equipment and Supplies

There are a number of different types of equipment that are utilized to remediate offensive odors. This includes simplistic equipment and supplies to more complicated options. The most commonly utilized deodorization equipment includes: Pump Sprayers Trigger Sprayers Misters Foggers Ozone generators Hydroxyl generators Vapor modification units Pump Sprayers or Trigger Sprayers Even when it comes…

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Process of Sealing

Another process utilized by odor remediation experts is called sealing. Sealing is used in a variety of situations, including protecting stains or colors applied to surfaces. Sealing can also be used to provide a contaminate-free surface. In the case of odor remediation, sealing is used to seal in odor molecules to prevent them from becoming…

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Process of Oxidation

In addition to deodorization, oxidation presents another avenue through which disagreeable odors can be addressed. In fundamental terms, oxidation is defined as the interaction of oxygen molecules and other substances. More technically speaking, oxidation is the loss of one or more electron when oxygen and some other substance come into contact. In some situations, the…

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Process of Deodorization

Deodorization is a primary means by which foul odors in a residence are remediated. In basic terms, the process of deodorization is designed to mask, counteract, or eliminate a foul odor present in a residence. Under the broader category of deodorization are a number of specific strategies or specific processes that include: Modification Sanitization Disinfection…

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The Interrelationship Between Microorganisms and Odor

Various university courses are devoted to studying microorganisms and microbiology. Many astute academics consider these courses to be some of the most complicated and challenging offered on both the undergraduate and post-graduate levels. Nothing in this book is designed to supplant the painstaking endeavors associated with such university pursuits. Rather, this chapter is intended to…

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Unattended Death and Cadaver Odors

Life is not without its challenges and traumas. Few people make it through their lives without experiencing some type of challenging, even horrific, event. An example of a uniquely horrible situation is discovering the remains of a person who suffered an unattended death. Similarly challenging is not actually discovering a body in this setting but…

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A Landlord Dilemma: Dealing With a Tenant Death With No Next of Kin Available

Landlords face a multitude of problems when it comes to their legal and contractual relationships with tenants. One of the most complicated and challenging of situations is when a tenant dies and no next of kin can be found. Sadly, this oftentimes occurs when a tenant dies in what is known as an unattended death.…

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The Definition of Death in the 21st Century: Who Decides When Life Ends

The definition of what constitutes death has become the subject of an increasingly heated debate in the United States and elsewhere around the world in recent years. In addition, an associated debate centers on who should have authority to make the final determination that a person is dead. The Standard Definition of Death Over the…

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Is Vomit a Biohazard?

In order to fully protect yourself from communicable diseases, you need to have a solid understanding of how different viruses and bacteria can spread. This includes understanding what items and materials are deemed to be biohazards. As is the case with many individuals, you may face a time at which you will encounter vomit. You…

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