The OneDay Course Does Not Make Experts
With the increase in awareness to the potential health hazards resulting from being exposed to pathogens that residual body fluids may contain from whatever cause, there has been an upsurge in individuals and small companies setting up as trauma and crime scene cleaner. Often these “experts” have attended an appropriate training course, but the reality is that despite their enthusiasm, many are woefully ill-equipped to deal with this type of work.
Many lessons are learned being involved with wide variety decontaminating incident sites for over a decade or longer. Dealing with suicide and attempted suicide scenes, long-term decompositions, accidental incidents, squats, and other unsanitary property and having worked for the police and coroners offices produces a broad spectrum of experience. Experience in this area teaches one to expect the unexpected.
Domestic and Commercial Clients
There may be a need for confidentiality in decontaminating domestic incidents where relatives have been left to deal with the aftermath. Contracts with commercial clients such as hotel groups and housing associations will almost always want to discuss the confidential services and response offer. Trauma and crime scene cleaning staff members need to be sympathetic, trained, and experienced in dealing with high profile incidents where client confidentiality is a priority.
Removal of dried blood and body fluids which may contain pathogens can be difficult and unsavory but tried and tested methods with dedicated equipment, and engineering controls ensure that no visual or residual contamination remains. All decontamination procedures should be documented and rapid hygiene testing was undertaken to validate that the clean up has been sufficient and that the property is restored to a nonhazardous state.
Sewage Back Ups
Dealing with grossly unsanitary incidents such as sewage back surge which need particular attention. Registered waste carriers are required to remove contaminated waste for correct disposal. Response to calls must be fast and confidential, and work must be undertaken when needed (around the clock 24/7).