A biohazard is a substance that presents a health risk or danger to humans, animals or the environment. Biohazards include substances like:
Biohazards can appear in a commercial or domestic property as a result of break-ins, squatting, infestations and other crime scenes.
Break-ins can leave broken glass lying around, sometimes containing blood and this needs to be removed safely whilst wearing the correct protective gear.
Squatting can be a cause of human waste and other bodily fluids contaminating a property. If drugs are involved, used needles/sharps might be scattered throughout the building, alongside other contaminated items, like tissues or towels.
Bird and rodent infestations are another cause of biohazard emergencies due to the presence of droppings or guano which can result in severe respiratory illness in humans, including Psittacosis.
Biohazard cleaning removes the physical biohazard present and is then followed by through disinfecting and sanitising. This differs from regular commercial or office cleaning and even deep cleaning, as the aim is to remove hazards, both physical and biological, through a highly specialised clean-up process. This removes the risk of harm to humans, animals and the environment.
The steps involved in a biohazard cleaning routine will be largely similar across all service providers, with the aim being to make the area safe and free of biological hazards.
Did you know, that under the Health and Safety Act 1974 and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002, employers have a legal duty to ensure that the workplace is safe for employees and anybody else visiting the premises? Aside from the obvious health implications of biohazards in commercial properties, compliance with legislation also dictates that there needs to be a procedure in place for reporting and dealing with incidences involving biohazards.
Prompt biohazard cleaning is essential for the health of people living and working in the building, for public health and for the structural safety of your building. Blood and bodily fluids can carry diseases such as hepatitis B and C and HIV, while animal waste can contain pathogens like E.coli and Salmonella. Used needles/sharps and glass also pose a physical danger to people and can cause infections or carry the same diseases as those transmitted by blood.
Antimicrobial formulations are regularly used for effective biohazard cleaning. Industrial strength products are often required to ensure safe and thorough sanitation. For a more environmentally friendly biohazard cleaning option, steam cleaning can be used in some situations, which reduces the need for chemicals.
So, what is the best way to go about choosing a biohazard cleaning service for your needs?
Consider the certifications of the service provider to ensure that their infection control services are up to standard and that they have the necessary licenses. For example, we hold a valid waste carriers’ license and full public liability, professional liability and professional indemnity insurance.
Experience is another thing to consider. How long has the company been in business? What types of settings have they worked in before? What scale of biohazard cleaning have they carried out? At CPL t/a Rainbow Restoration, we have over 20 years of experience working within a wide range of hazardous environments in areas across London and the South East.
Another question to ask your service provider is what type of biohazard cleaning equipment they have access to depending on your requirements, e.g. do they have access to deodorising machines for rodent infested properties?
CPL t/a Rainbow Restoration is here to provide a rapid biohazard cleaning service for break-ins, squatting, infestations and other incidents that warrant prompt infection control. We operate across London and the South East and have a rapid response system in place to help you out as soon as you need our services, 24/7, 365 days a year.
Did you know we also focus on waste reduction? We take our environmental responsibilities seriously while providing a safe, reputable and efficient service!