Biohazard Cleanup and the Associated Misconceptions

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Biohazards can result in health risks due to the pathogens that they carry. If any traumatic incidence occurred at your home in West Chester, PA, involving blood and other potentially infectious materials, then you should contact an experienced firm (like ServiceMaster by ARTec) for biohazard cleanup. Calling professionals instead of doing it yourself is the best course of action since there are many aspects to consider during this type of cleaning.

We now look at some misconceptions people have about biohazard cleanup and hope to debunk them to highlight the fact that this task is not a simple DIY job.



Three Myths about Biohazard Cleanup

Myth #1: Bleach Is Capable of Providing the Desired Cleanup Results

Many people have the misconception that bleach is potent enough and is able to effectively clean biohazards from an incident zone.

However, contrary to this popular belief, there are many drawbacks to using bleach for cleaning and disinfecting when the trauma involves blood and other potentially infectious materials. Here, we look at few of the reasons why bleach is considered inappropriate for biohazard cleanup.

  • Diluted bleach solution, even when it has a low concentration, can bleach fabric colors and cause metal corrosion
  • Bleach and similar other biocides get inactivated if they contact blood or body tissues



Myth #2: You Need to Contact an OSHA-certified Company for Biohazard Cleanup

Another misconception people have is that OSHA is the governing body that certifies biohazard cleanup companies, but this is not true. Companies usually take an OSHA course to be in compliance with its rules related to the safety of their employees.

After successfully completing an OSHA course, companies receive a training document. However, this document does not indicate that the company has been certified by OSHA as a biohazard cleanup and recovery expert.

The OSHA course is just one type of training program that explains blood-borne diseases and their biological risks. The course also explains the steps that can be taken to protect workers from risks of exposure.

But, the course does not teach cleaning techniques that biohazard cleanup technicians need to follow, the type of deodorization to use, the chemistry of anti-microbes, or other important details that technicians need to be aware of while carrying out decontamination work.



Myth #3: Achieving Visible Cleanliness Is Enough

People also wrongly believe that if blood has been cleaned from the location and the space looks clean, then the goal has been achieved. But, actually, the cleanup process is quite complex and consists of three steps:


  • Detection of areas where cleanup and decontamination are to be performed
  • Actual cleanup and disinfection
  • Confirmation that the desired results have been achieved and that there are no visible contaminants or pathogens lurking in the house


As you can see, it’s best to hire experts for biohazard cleanup due to the complexities that need to be managed. ServiceMaster by ARTec is a company with extensive experience in biohazard cleaning and can ensure that decontamination of your home in West Chester, PA, is performed in a professional manner.


Just contact us on our customer service number at (610) 626-9002, and our team will visit your home to start cleanup work.

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