The events of earlier this month in the capitol, and the potential concern of more such action around the country feels like we should look again to a topic we covered last year: cleaning up after protests, riots, and the damage and destruction that can follow.
Cleaning up after a protest or riot can be expensive, and more than you realize. When protests turn violent, police often deploy tear gas, spray mace, and other crowd dispersal chemicals.
Those chemicals can make for a difficult cleaning situation and if anyone is injured the potential for blood or other bodily fluids is also there. So, while neighbors and communities came together to help repair businesses and clean up, there are times where a licensed trauma scene clean up company like BIOClean should be called to take care of business. If the clean up process is mishandled or done by people who don’t understand the necessary requirements for cleaning biohazardous material, that danger can linger.
Cleaning Up Biohazards Post Riots and Protests
Handling biohazardous waste disposal is no easy feat. You need to a) know how to identify it, and b) how to clean it safely. What is a biohazard/a hazardous material? We’ve talked about this plenty before but briefly:
Some examples of the most common biohazards are:
- Human blood and blood products
- Human body fluids
- Pathological waste
- Microbiological waste
- Animal Waste
- Sharps/Medical waste
When it comes to riots and looting, the more common biohazards will be blood and human body fluids, but hey it doesn’t hurt to be prepared! These can’t be removed with simple soap and water.
Cleaning the Right Way
When it comes to cleaning up biohazardous material, you have to be incredibly detail oriented, because anything that’s missed makes the cleaning for naught. We are trained to look for the smallest traces of biohazardous material: from the ceiling and walls, to light fixtures, switches and electrical sockets, we check it all to ensure a total clean. If the event happened outside, we leave no stone unturned and cover the area to ensure privacy.
Our EPA registered chemicals are fully compliant and kill Influenza A, H1N1 Influenza A, Influenza A Avian virus, Rhinovirus type 37 and HIV, as well as gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, including: Salmonella enterica, Staphylococcus aureus, Methicillin Resistant S. aureus (MRSA), and E. coli.
The BIOClean Team is certified as a Trauma Scene Waste Management Practitioner and licensed by the California Department of Public Health to disinfect, clean, remove and dispose of all biohazards that are present. That means we’re following all the necessary safety protocols and procedures mandated by OSHA and the California Department of Public Health. Our technicians wear full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including biohazard protective suits, full-face respirators with organic vapor filters, and several layers of gloves.
The BIOClean Team is compassionate, discreet, and ready to help you clean up any hazardous materials left behind at the crime scene.
We understand that it’s essential for commercial policyholders to return to “business as usual” as soon as possible. Our highly experienced teams work diligently to provide your commercial policyholders fast, effective BIOHazard restoration services helping to reduce business interruption.
Most crime scene cleanups are covered by insurance
No out-of-pocket costs in most cases
We offer FAST 24/7/365 service
We are locally owned and operated
Our highly trained BIOClean Team technicians will arrive in discreet vehicles and provide comprehensive cleaning services, out of sight of neighbors and onlookers. We will never speak with the media.
Call the BIOClean Team today to get the help you need!
Note: Protecting Your Home or Business From COVID-19
Civil unrest isn’t the only thing we have to worry about these days. COVID-19 is still an incredibly pressing concern and with protests comes people. If you opened your home or business to protestors, or they forced their way in, there is the risk of exposure. If you’re worried about the spread of COVID-19 in your business or home due to ongoing protests, we can help.
The BIOClean team offers professional fogging services. Fogging is easy to do, incredibly cheap and can be used to help disinfect huge spaces. Our service specifically is effective because we ensure the fog has enough time to “dwell” in the residence or place of business to be effective. This means that our team won’t be in and out in 5 minutes — we let the fog linger to properly coat and disinfect every surface in the room.