When an accident, injury or unattended death occurs, extreme care must be taken to clean up the resulting bodily fluids or blood. Insurance professionals are likely to get at least one call from an emotional or upset property owner when such a loss occurs. These materials can be hazardous and require professional handling.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard in 1991 to protect workers from the risk of blood or other potentially infectious materials. This helps protect the approximately 5.6 million workers in the health care industry and related occupations. Further, this standard provides regulations to protect workers from the risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens such as the Hepatitus B Virus, Human Immunodeficiency Virus and many others.
Hazardous medical waste includes blood and other potentially infectious materials such as spinal fluid, peritoneal fluid, amniotic fluid and other body fluids. Burke ER technicians know that these materials may cause infection to others and take the necessary steps to maintain the safety of workers or individuals near the cleanup site.
Burke ER technicians use proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to help ensure the safety of workers. PPE is mandatory in order to comply with OSHA regulations and worker safety, but varies from job to job. PPE includes full-face protection, gloves, waterproof coveralls that include head and feet protection and if necessary a respirator with appropriate filters. The goal is to prevent any hazardous materials from entering the body via the skin, eyes, mouth or nose.
The Burke ER Plan for Biohazardous Remediation:
- Conduct an initial assessment to identify immediate areas of concern and scope of work. Once plan is in place work can commence.
- Thorough sanitization of affected site is conducted. All potentially infectious materials are removed from site.
- Hazardous medical waste is handled in compliance with OSHA, processed and sent to a licensed hazardous medical waste incinerator. Porous materials (fabric and carpeting) are removed in accordance with industry standards and government regulations.
- All other non-hazardous waste materials are either removed or professionally decontaminated and sanitized.
- Remaining materials such as drywall and flooring may be sealed to cover any stains from the incident.
- If odor remains, additional deodorization may require hydroxyls or ozone processes.
Burke ER technicians have the expertise and compassion to handle even the most traumatic biohazard situations. Call our office at 855-716-2875 for a free estimate or consultation.
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