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The police, fire department and crime-scene investigators who arrive at a crime scene perform crucial tasks in the aftermath of a death. But they don’t, as a general rule, clean up. The cleaning is ultimately left up to the family or loved ones. In the past, these types of cleanups would be washed up by a simple garden hose and towel, mopped up with household chemicals, or at the very best cleaned by the mortician.

In 1970, under President Nixon, the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OSHA) was passed. Under this legislation, employers were to be held responsible for worker safety and their exposure to bloodborne pathogens. Although OSHA had regulation for employees contact and exposure, there was no agency to protect the home/business owners from improper cleaning procedures and illegal dumping of biohazardous medical waste. Throughout the years, OSHA and ADEQ have raised the standards for the Crime Scene Cleaning Arkansas (CSC) Industry and filtered out unqualified construction, restoration, and carpet cleaning companies. As more and more of these companies stopped offering CSC because of the extensive training and compliance required by State and Federal agencies, a niche industry was born.

The CSC Industry is becoming a vital ally to police depts., fire depts., constables, property management companies, body shops, funeral homes and various state agencies, such as victims witness and homicide survivors. After a tragic incident, it is helpful to have someone unattached from the family clean the scene as it can create painful memories. Customers will have peace of mind that the scene is properly disinfected and free of any infectious diseases. CSC companies keep businesses OSHA compliant by preventing exposure of bloodborne pathogens to untrained employees.

Each state has their own rules and regulations for CSC companies. A CSC company must possess a contractor’s license from the State Registrar of Contractors. The contractor’s license is required because biohazardous waste cannot be removed from many common household building materials. For example, drywall, carpet, permanent fixtures, and other porous materials must be removed if contaminated. Secondly, a Biohazardous Medical Waste Transportation License from ADEQ or the use of a licensed waste transporter is required. Without this license, biohazardous waste cannot be properly disposed at certified facilities. CSC companies are also required to be OSHA compliant. This includes bloodborne pathogen (BBP) training, respiratory fit testing, and training, written BBP exposure control plan, and providing a method to remove and properly store biohazardous waste. Lastly, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires companies to use EPA approved chemicals for the removal and decontamination of biohazardous waste.

The largest issue within the CSC industry is illegal dumping. Within the ramifications for transport, there is an underlying grey area. A company is required to possess a Biohazardous Medical Waste Transportation License or have a licensed waste transporter pick up the waste. Since most CSC jobs happen after the hour’s transportation companies are open, CSC companies who use a transporter and get a call after hours are faced with a decision. A) Pass the job onto a properly licensed company, or B) Illegally transport and dump waste. If biohazardous waste is illegally transported, it is usually illegally dumped. Proper disposal facilities will not accept waste from anyone other than a licensed transporter. Through the research of OSHA, ADEQ and EPA, we know the dangers of illegal dumping. Hepatitis can remain dormant for up to a year and is reactivated with just a drop of water. If biohazardous waste containing hepatitis is illegally dumped and made its way to a water supply, we could see a mass outbreak in our city.

Bio-Solutions Emergency Cleaning Services was created to be a guiding light in a dark industry. Not only do they possess all the required licenses, meet or exceed OSHA, ADEQ and EPA requirements, but Bio Solutions also extensively trains employees in grief counseling and trauma intervention.

Police, EMTs, and Firefighters Find Work With Crime Scene Cleaning Companies

Crime scene cleaning is an excellent source of supplemental income for those working in the emergency services field. EMT's, Police, and firefighters are generally already knowledgeable about how to act at the scene of bio-hazardous incident or blood spill. Due to the danger presented by trauma scenes, biological hazards, sharps and blood spills should only be cleaned by trained professionals. One prick from an infected needle can mean a lifetime of coping with a crippling disease. Emergency services professionals will have an upper hand on anyone else applying to a crime scene cleaning job due to their preexisting knowledge of blood borne pathogen safety. In addition to knowing how to work safely in a hazardous environment, many Emergency Services Professionals have already seen the type of gruesome homicides, suicides, and trauma scenes that are commonplace to a trained technician. Being psychologically prepared to see, and actually clean up a violent crime scene, is essential to becoming a crime scene cleaner. It's not a trait that everyone has, thus giving Police, Firefighters and EMTs another upper hand on other potential hires. Furthermore, many companies offer patrol car, ambulance, and jail cell cleaning, something police and EMTs will already be familiar with. But with the busy schedule of an EMS worker, how is it possible to retain employment with a crime scene cleanup company? Due to the unpredictable nature of this business, the amount of staff needed varies from day to day. A large cleanup job could easily necessitate up to four technicians in order to complete the job in a timely fashion. A small job, such as a medical waste pickup, may only require one or two technicians. Because of the irregularity inherent to the bio-hazardous decontamination and cleaning business, many companies will have a core group of technicians, with several others on an on-call basis. Emergency Services Workers will almost always receive employment over a civilian when applying to work for a crime scene cleaning company.

What To Look For In Arkansas Crime scene cleanup

Crime scene cleaner companies operate on the principle that the physical products of a crime, whether visible or not, should be disposed of quickly but not too hastily to suggest carelessness or leave a worse problem. Site remediation work is the process of returning a trauma site to its original clean state. This is the ultimate objective of a professional scene cleaning company -- to restore the site to its original clean state, making it once again livable, free from uneasy reminders of the trauma that occurred. Professional scene cleanup companies focus on the removal of these dangerous products of a crime both to ameliorate health problems and to ease potential psychological effects. Scene cleanup companies perform homicide scene, suicide, blood scene, accident scene, meth lab, infectious disease, and odor clean ups. In each and every instance, the objective is complete site remediation. Crime scene cleaner companies focus on the resolution of a physical problem to solve what is also a psychological issue: the impact the observable evidence of a crime has on a neighborhood, home owner, apartment landlord or tenant, a community or a city. These companies approach the crime scene clean up in all of its above-mentioned types by professionally addressing actual physical problems: smells, stains, blood, infections, toxins, hazardous chemicals. By succeeding in this approach the crime scene cleaning companies bring, not only a healthy environment for people to enjoy and thrive in, but also the peace of mind that comes with not being faced over and over with the physical reminders of the crime committed. Inevitably, the emotional recovery from a trauma event can only begin once all the physical reminders have been removed. Crime scene cleaning is an excellent source of supplemental income for those working in the emergency services field. EMT's, Police, and firefighters are generally already knowledgeable about how to act at the scene of bio-hazardous incident or blood spill. Due to the danger presented by trauma scenes, biological hazards, sharps and blood spills should only be cleaned by trained professionals. One prick from an infected needle can mean a lifetime of coping with a crippling disease. Emergency services professionals will have an upper hand on anyone else applying to a crime scene cleaning job due to their preexisting knowledge of blood borne pathogen safety. In addition to knowing how to work safely in a hazardous environment, many Emergency Services Professionals have already seen the type of gruesome homicides, suicides, and trauma scenes that are commonplace to a trained technician. Being psychologically prepared to see, and actually clean up a violent crime scene, is essential to becoming a crime scene cleaner. It's not a trait that everyone has, thus giving Police, Firefighters and EMTs another upper hand on other potential hires. Furthermore, many companies offer patrol car, ambulance, and jail cell cleaning, something police and EMTs will already be familiar with. But with the busy schedule of an EMS worker, how is it possible to retain employment with a crime scene cleanup company? Due to the unpredictable nature of this business, the amount of staff needed varies from day to day. A large cleanup job could easily necessitate up to four technicians in order to complete the job in a timely fashion. A small job, such as a medical waste pickup, may only require one or two technicians. Because of the irregularity inherent to the bio-hazardous decontamination and cleaning business, many companies will have a core group of technicians, with several others on an on-call basis. Emergency Services Workers will almost always receive employment over a civilian when applying to work for a crime scene cleaning company.

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