The word “biohazard” sounds scary and like something from a fictional movie or horror novel. However, many residents of Channel Islands, CA, find themselves dealing with a biohazard in their home, business or property. A biohazard is a dangerous biological substance that causes serious health effects. Some biohazard exposures can be deadly to people and harmful to animals and the environment. At Eco Bear, our skilled cleaning team is prepared to clean any type of biohazard situation. We’re the trusted source for handling all sizes and scenarios of biohazard clean-ups in Channel Islands and the surrounding areas.
What Is a Biohazard?
A biohazard may include one or more of the following:
- Poisonous fungi
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classifies five levels of biohazards. We handle the more serious situations, which include germs that cause serious or fatal illnesses. Some of these pathogens are vaccine-preventable, such as hepatitis B. Others aren’t, including COVID-19 and HIV. In a worst-case scenario, you may be facing a biohazard situation for a microorganism that has no known treatment or vaccine. That’s where we come in to help.
When You Need Professional Biohazard Cleaning in the Channel Islands
Not all biohazard situations require our services. We pride ourselves on being honest, and we’ll tell you if it’s something you can handle on your own or if professional cleaning and remediation are needed. In general, if it’s a small amount of your own blood, you may be able to clean it by using safety precautions and disinfectants. If it’s someone else’s blood, it’s a good idea to have us clean it. You can’t be certain of what bloodborne pathogens might be in your partner’s, parent’s or child’s blood.
If there are tissues involved, professional biohazard cleaning is a must. Tissues may be present in a biohazard situation as a result of a homicide, suicide, unattended death, assault or accident. We safely remove tissues and fluids and dispose of them properly through medical waste incineration.
The amount of blood or bodily fluids is another important consideration. If the area of blood or bodily fluids is larger than a dinner plate, you’ll need professional cleaning help. Large amounts of blood can seep deep into porous surfaces, contaminating sub-flooring, trim, plywood, decking and insulation.
Even if it’s your own blood, you may not want to handle the biohazard clean-up yourself. People with disabilities, movement disorders, poor circulation, a tendency to faint or a strong gag reflex benefit from our professional biohazard cleaning in Channel Islands.
Situations That Require Professional Biohazard Cleaning
Many accidental and traumatic situations require professional biohazard clean-up. Our experienced biohazard remediation specialists are trained and educated on safety protocols and procedures for thorough cleaning of biohazards in homes, vehicles, out buildings, offices and outdoors. Some situations that require biohazard cleaning include:
- Traumatic injury
- Violent crime
- Domestic violence
- Suicide or attempted suicide
- Unattended death
About Our Biohazard Cleaning Processes
We take every safety step possible when cleaning a biohazard. Our cleaners wear face masks, face shields, goggles, gloves, aprons or smocks and rubber gloves or shoe covers. We isolate the biohazard area in order to avoid the spread of contamination. For a large biohazard situation, we may need to work on consecutive days. We properly dispose of the personal protective equipment (PPE) after each cleaning session. This waste is removed and properly disposed of after each visit to the location.
The first stage of our biohazard cleaning process is the cleanup. This involves removal of blood, tissue and body fluids. We also remove any other biological material at the scene. We remove contaminated materials, such as the area of a mattress where body fluids seeped into the porous materials from an unattended death. These contaminated materials are removed from the premises and properly disposed of as biohazard waste. The non-contaminated materials are disposed of in accordance with local and state requirements.
We also address contaminated personal effects, furniture, flooring, walls, ceilings and other surfaces. When possible, we sanitize these areas. Some items may not be salvageable. For example, we safely dispose of bedding contaminated with blood and biological material.
To sanitize the scene of a biohazard clean-up, we use medical-grade disinfecting agents. They kill pathogenic viruses, bacteria, parasites and microorganisms on all types of surfaces. We use the same cleaning agents as hospitals use for cleaning surgical suites and emergency rooms.
The next part of our process is deodorizing. Odors from traumatic injuries and deaths are repulsive and pungent. They can be permanent if the area isn’t professionally remediated. The odors result from decomposing tissue and bacteria from the body that digest blood and body fluids. We use commercial-grade deodorizers to eliminate all odors from a biohazard. Complete removal of the odors ensures that the area will be habitable or usable. We also use ozone to remove any leftover odors.
The last step of our process is restoration. This includes removal of non-salvageable materials. In some cases, drywall or even sub-flooring must be torn out in order for complete remediation and restoration to be possible. We don’t take any shortcuts. Our thorough process keeps you safe and healthy and ensures that your property will be functional, usable and pleasant once the cleaning is complete.
Benefits of Our Channel Islands Biohazard Cleaning Services
We help you maintain your dignity and privacy during a difficult time. All of our services are 100% confidential. We treat you and your property with kindness, compassion and respect. If you have any questions about the products we use or our processes, don’t hesitate to ask. Our mission is to provide you with excellent biohazard cleaning in Channel Islands.