Biohazards are lurking everywhere, and as such, you should be on the lookout for them as much as possible.
While it may not be feasible to go around sanitizing every surface you touch, there are situations when sanitation is vital. Of those situations include events involving large amounts of biohazardous waste such as sewage back ups, crime scenes and more.
Negligence to properly attend to these sorts of situations will undoubtedly leave you at risk for acquiring a life-long illness and, shockingly, may even take your life.
The Risks of Negligent Clean Up
All of us, at some time or another, have likely rolled up our sleeves and taken to the task of cleaning, repairing or attempting to remediate something we shouldn’t have.
More often than not, when we choose to insert ourselves in scenarios where a professional should be involved, we end up regretting it, especially when it yields major consequences.
The same is true when it comes to the proper handling of biohazards. Because biohazards are organic compounds like urine, blood, feces, vomit and semen, they have the ability to carry with them harmful germs and pathogens. As such, it is crucial that situations involving copious amounts of these elements be handled with care.
At Eco Bear, we always recommend contacting a biohazard cleaning company in San Jose, California to take care of your cleaning needs before attempting to go about the matter on your own. Though we understand that there may be financial restrictions involved in your decision to clean up the situation yourself, we also know the many ramifications involved when clean up doesn’t happen according to standard.
Although protective equipment like gloves, aprons and goggles are always recommended when coming into contact with biohazardous waste, it isn’t always enough to keep you safe. It will also take the right kind of disinfecting tools, the right training and professional-grade disinfectants to truly rid an area or structure of offending germs and viruses.
Instead of taking the risk, we at Eco Bear are always going to advise you to err on the side of caution and hire a professional when dealing with biohazards in an attempt to keep you, and other occupants, safe.
Diseases, Viruses and Germs
As previously stated, disease, viruses and germs can be easily passed from person-to-person wherever biohazards are involved.
Whether through the exchange of bodily fluids or through haphazard means, such as accidentally touching a contaminated surface, disease can be passed along, causing a host of complications and issues.
Of these complications, an infected individual may experience flu-like symptoms, abdominal pain and gastrointestinal complications, especially when exposed to fecal matter. Moreover, a person that has come into direct contact with a biohazard may also be at risk for contracting one of the following illnesses:
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C
Identifying Potentially Dangerous Situations
Now that you know the risks involved in coming into contact with biohazards, it is also important to identify situations when you might become exposed and avoid them.
While you won’t always be able to predict every instance when you might be exposed to large amounts of blood, fecal matter or bodily fluids, there are times when you will need to exercise judgement when you find yourself in troubling, or unexpected, situations. Situations such as sewer backups, the scene of a suicide or homicide, a crime scene or an unattended death are all events that will require the help of a professorial and should never be taken on alone.
Even if you think you can handle the clean up, the truth is that doing so could inadvertently spread germs and contaminants throughout your home or business, causing more of an issue than there was to begin with.
Moreover, structures affected by sewer backup will need to be assessed for water damage and may need to be treated with antimicrobials to prevent the multiplication of bacteria, all of which will require professional measurements and assessments to rehabilitate the environment and make it safe once again.
How Eco Bear Can Help
It is safe to say that we are living in unprecedented and trying times. Apart from COVID-19 disinfection, our team can also handle the sundry challenges that life presents involving dangerous and harmful biohazards. Our team is available 24-hours a day and seven days of the week to handle even your toughest biohazard challenges. Call us or visit us online at Eco Bear, today.