It goes without saying that dealing with an onsite death or injury is very stressful for property managers. In addition to the emotional toll events like these can take on residents and staff, there’s also the serious matter of cleaning up afterward. Far beyond routine or even deep cleaning, it’s time to enlist the help of licensed professionals who specialize in removing biohazard materials including blood, tissue, and bodily fluid.
There are many solid reasons for hiring a biohazard team with the most important being that pathogens living in blood, urine or feces can survive for weeks—especially if the temperature and environment are conducive to their survival. If not handled carefully, biohazard clean-up can transmit HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis A, B or C —all dangerous and potentially deadly diseases. This is why biohazard experts wear protective gear and dispose of all waste responsibly. Because of the risks involved in this type of work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has established numerous compliance regulations.
In addition to a tragedy occurring at your property, there are other situations which warrant bringing in a biohazard cleaning team. These include:
Hoarding: Mountains of trash and debris can harbor mold and bacteria along with rodents and other pests. Often, property managers discover piles of fast food, feces, and other types of waste in vacant or abandoned apartments.
Meth Labs: The volatile chemicals used to produce methamphetamine and other illegal drugs can contaminate your premises.
Sewage: There are few pathogens more dangerous than those found in backed up sewage.
Power Outages: Without power, food is left to rot spreading odors and contaminants.
The sights and smells associated with a biohazard clean-up zone can be overwhelming and certainly not for the faint of heart. If you know or suspect you’re in need of expert help on your property, it’s important to act quickly. Due to the sensitive nature of their business, most biohazard companies are available 24/7 and should respond promptly to your call. And although the memory of whatever calamity occurred may stay with you and your staff for years to come, you’ll know the matter was handled competently and the property was made safe and sanitary for future residents.