What happens during a crime-scene clean-up?
Crime scenes, especially gruesome ones that include blood and other bodily fluids can be very messy. Most people don’t like to think about what happens to the scene after a murder, injury or in extreme cases, a sucicide. When crime scenes include dead bodies, or destruction of some kind, a team of trained and qualified people will clean up the scene, once the investigation has been completed. This relieves the family of the deceased or those involved of the responsibility and trauma of having to go back to the scene or to see anything that may upset them.
Besides the emotional and mental implications of cleaning a crime scene, it is also important that contaminants such as poison, blood, mucous and other potentially contagious or harmful materials are disposed of properly. There is a protocol to be followed for these types of operations.
Restoration MF explains that the police and EMTs do not clean up crime scenes containing biohazardous materials. Usually, after the investigation is finished, the owners of the affected property are responsible for the cleaning and restoration.
Professional crime-scene cleaners safely restore crime and trauma scenes, and they can also remove and dispose of biohazardous materials. Removing the physical evidence of the tragedy is a very important first step towards recovery. When you hire professional crime- scene cleaners, you are assured that they will safely clean and sanitise the scene.
Biohazard cleaning professionals use several EPA-registered and hospital-grade cleaners to completely remove all traces of biohazardous materials. These cleaners typically include registered tuberculocidal disinfectants, registered disinfectants known to be effective against HIV and HBV, diluted bleach solutions and FDA-approved sterilisers and disinfectants,
The entire biohazard clean-up process consists of two main phases: restoring the scene and disposing of the biohazardous materials. Biohazardous materials generally consist of blood, tissues, bodily fluids, and other potentially infectious materials (OPIMs).
Objects contaminated with biohazardous materials that could potentially spread infection are also disposed of, or cleaned if you want them back.
Biohazard clean-up professionals transport biohazardous materials in safe containers to a medical waste facility that is equipped and licensed for proper disposal. You will need to leave the premises while they work and will be allowed to return once the chemicals have dissipated.