Biohazard Cleanup and Regulated Waste

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Any incidence involving blood and other potentially infectious materials brings with it the risk of infections and diseases, necessitating biohazard cleanup. The benefit of hiring experts—such as ServiceMaster by ARTec in King of Prussia, PA—for this task is that they understand that this type of cleanup is quite different from the usual water damage restoration or mold remediation.

The company is also aware of the fact that if immediate steps are not taken, then contamination carrying infectious diseases and pathogens can spread to other locations. Here, we look at the steps that experts take to prevent such a situation from happening.

 

Biohazard Cleanup and Selection of Disinfectants

Experts understand that selecting the right disinfectant is quite important if they want to achieve complete disinfection. Consequently, they select disinfectants that are registered by Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and sterilants that are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

 

Decisions about Selection of Disinfectant and Usage Frequency

Before selecting any particular type of disinfectant or deciding about its usage frequency, biohazard cleanup experts consider various aspects that include the nature of soiling, the type of surface where cleaning is to be performed, and the location of the incident where they have to perform the cleanup.

 

Disposal of Waste

Waste generated by biohazard cleanup falls into the category of regulated waste, and as such, must be disposed of implementing the specific procedures defined for disposal of regulated waste. First, let’s look at the type of waste that is considered regulated waste and then at how such regulated waste is to be disposed.

 

Regulated Waste

The following types of wastes requiring special handling fall in the category of regulated waste.

  • Liquid as well as semi-liquid blood, contaminated sharps, and other potentially infectious materials
  • Items that are found to be contaminated by blood or other potentially infectious materials; it is likely that such items, irrespective of whether they are in liquid or semi-liquid state, would be releasing contamination when they are compressed
  • Items caked in dried blood or other potentially infectious materials, which may well release contaminants during their handling

 

Disposal of Regulated Waste

Since regulated waste carries different pathogens, any leakage can increase the risk of contamination and spread of pathogens. Therefore, biohazard cleanup experts ensure that they are selecting the right containers when disposing of regulated waste. They make sure that the container they select:

  • Can be properly closed to prevent spillage or protrusion of regulated waste
  • Can be labeled or color coded as per regulatory guidelines
  • Has sturdy construction and is able to prevent leakage during storage, handling, or transportation

After regulated waste is put into the proper containers, technicians dispose of the containers as per applicable regulatory standards.

 

If any biohazard incident occurred at your home, then taking immediate action will be necessary. At ServiceMaster by ARTec, we have the required training, certification, and experience to carry out biohazard cleanup in the correct manner. Call us 24/7 at (610) 626-9002 for expert assistance.

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