A biohazard is any biological substance that poses a significant risk to human health and living.
Linked to serious and chronic diseases like Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV, AIDS and more, a biohazard should never be handled without professional help involved.
At Eco Bear, we care about your well-being and the safety of your residential and business environment. That is why we offer top-of-the-line professional care as our biohazard company in Modesto, California seeks to meet your most challenging biohazard needs 24- hours a day and seven days a week.
We know that when biohazardous situations present themselves, they are often the result of surprising, tragic, dangerous or unexpected events.
Many times, events that yield biohazardous waste require quick thinking, fast action and immediate help before the situation is fully resolved.
Here are a few examples of situations that will likely yield biohazardous matter:
- Sewage Back Up
- Crime Scenes
- Unattended Deaths
When these events, or other emergency situations, take place, you should be prepared to act quickly and to contact your local authorities when needed.
As previously stated, biohazards are considered to be any biological substance that poses a significant risk to human health and life.
Blood, vomit, urine, feces, wastewater, semen, vaginal secretions and other bodily fluids are all considered biohazards as they harness the ability to carry pathogens, disease and illnesses that can affect anyone who comes into contact with them long-term.
Moreover, it is important to remember that it isn’t only these substances, in and of themselves, that can pose a risk to human health. Even objects contaminated with these elements, such as bloodied shards of glass or used needles, can be of just as much risk as coming into direct contact with the element itself.
As such, those wishing to handle or clean up situations involving mass amounts of biohazardous waste must do so with extreme caution, protection and, we’d suggest, with formal skill and training.
D.I.Y. Biohazard Clean Up Is Strongly Discouraged
There are times when financial restraints or circumstances may tempt you towards cleaning up after a situation involving a biohazard, yourself.
While we understand the need to keep within a budget, we also know the extreme implications that are associated with do-it-yourself clean up when it comes to hazardous waste.
There are many diseases and illnesses associated with improper handling of biohazardous materials. These include:
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C
Remember, you don’t have to come into direct contact with blood, urine, feces, saliva, or the like to become infected. Improper cleaning of an area affected with biohazardous waste can easily yield a situation where a structure is still infected, even if it looks “clean” to the naked eye.
As unchecked microbes and pathogens multiply on untreated surfaces or even beneath the surface, your home or business will continue to be a threat, even after you’ve attempted clean up, and maybe even more so, as time continues to pass.
So, while we would never wish to put financial constraints on anyone, it is important to remember that neglecting to enlist the right help at the right time may actually cost you more in the long run, as sickness, disease and even unseen structural damage done to your property, may loom in your future.
Though the reasons are plenty why you should steer clear of remediating a biohazardous situation yourself, there may be times when you must intervene before a professional arrives.
In today’s society, many workplaces are stocked with first aid kits that include things like gloves, band-aids, wipes and more. But it is also important that you, as an individual, keep your home stocked with these same necessities and more, in the event that you need to respond to an emergency situation quickly.
The following may be helpful for intervening during an emergency involving a biohazard:
- Disposable Gloves
- Shoe Coverings
- Hair Covering
Bear in mind that, though you may be at home when these events transpire, you’ll still want to handle these situations the same as you would with a stranger.
As tempting as it may be, you should never handle any biohazardous waste, even that of a loved one, without the proper protection. It is always possible that your friend or family member has contracted a disease and you know nothing about it.
Rather than take that risk, protect yourself by only intervening when necessary, wearing the proper gear when you do and allowing a biohazard cleaning company in Modesto, California handle the clean up for you.
Need assistance with biohazard clean up? Give us a call or visit us online at Eco Bear.