Professionalism matters when hiring trauma scene cleaners. Not only do you want a dependable team that is easy to work with, you need one that is dedicated to following the procedures designed to ensure quality and safety—from adherence to state and federal guidelines, to the continued education that keep cleanup teams vigilant and up-to-date about major threats.
Since our inception, Biotrauma has focused on maintaining the permits, insurance, training and certifications necessary to ensure safety and quality. Our trauma scene cleanup experts hold certificates in Crime and Trauma Scene Decontamination, Bloodborne Pathogens Training, and Emergency Response.
As a Mortuary Affairs Specialist in the Marine Corps, our founder Ryan Sawyer gained experience and credentials not available to the general public. He did so by supervising the remediation of bloodborne pathogens in military scenarios. This often included trauma scene cleanup in combat areas, as well as the transport and processing of human remains.
Guided by this background, Biotrauma company leaders understand that proper biohazard cleanup negates the risk of bloodborne pathogen exposure, and mitigates other conditions, including:
- Hepatitis A, B, C, D, E, G
- The Human T-lymphotropic virus
- Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome
- Psychological disorders such as Critical Incident Stress Syndrome and Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder
In addition to following a strict code of guidelines that protect our employees and clients, Biotrauma adheres to all regulations from government bodies.
Governance for Biohazard Cleanup
Site decontamination is regulated by three government bodies: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
OSHA established mandates that set requirements for all cleanup personnel (including Title 29 code of regulations 1910.1030, 1910.134, 1910.1200). These regulations mandate that anyone attempting to remediate bloodborne pathogens must be properly trained, equipped and vaccinated prior to exposure. More specifically, personnel must use a full spectrum of tested, personal protective equipment and be trained in hazardous waste operations to be protected against all risks. In some cases, records must be kept regarding these efforts for up to 30 years.
The EPA established regulations (CFR Title 40 Vol 23 parts 262/263) that dictate the management of hazardous waste disposal. Under the DNR, anyone performing biohazard remediation must apply for approval for their decontamination procedures (rule for hazardous waste management chapter 391-3-11).
Biotrauma strictly follows compliance guidelines from all three regulatory bodies to ensure proper decontamination procedures at every site.
Biotrauma and Proof of Compliance
To prove your property was treated in accordance with these EPA and OSHA regulations, your Biotrauma representative will provide a Certificate of Disinfection (or treatment). This certificate is a vital part of the biohazard cleanup process. Once affixed with the company seal, it serves as the requisite documentation for proving that adequate steps have been taken to secure the health and safety of inhabitants; therefore maintaining a property’s value.
A Biotrauma Certificate of Disinfection guarantees that the property has been restored to its pre-incident condition—a valuable asset that landlords can use to address concerns about the event with tenants.
Training Beyond Biohazard Cleanup
While removing biohazards from the location and remediating contaminants at the scene could arguably be defined as the most important part of our job, we realize that our work does not end there. Once a property is certifiably safe from hazards, our team has also been trained to complete property remediation, including drywall replacement, painting, carpet or subfloor replacement, together with other services. Our techs are trained to return the property to its pre-incident condition as quickly as possible. While most restoration efforts can be completed by the next day, additional time is often needed to properly match the style and grade of carpet.
If you find yourself in need of a trauma scene cleanup team, allow our dedication to stringent training and compliance requirements put your mind at ease—ensuring all biohazard risks will be properly remediated while focusing on safety and quality.