Why Can’t I Mop It Up Myself?
Technically, it's not against the law to clean up after a biohazard in your home yourself - you are only legally bound to protect employees (OSHA regs state that employees who are put at risk must be given proper protective equipment and training, plus Hepatitis B vaccine). If the affected area is "smaller than a plate" you're probably fine to clean it up yourself. Cities vary in their laws about medical waste; sometimes you can throw it in a dumpster, other times you may not.
In our experience, there are three main reasons to hire a professional crime scene cleanup or biohazard removal company:
1. Most family members find it highly traumatic to see or touch the remains of a loved one, particularly after a violent death or suicide. Even seeing a drop of blood months later can trigger recurrence of emotions, which is why Aftermath has a strict "no bio left behind" policy and 100% satisfaction guarantee.
2. There is actually a high risk of virulence in bloodborne pathogens; the CDC estimates that 1 in 24 people are carrying HIV, Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C - and there are a host of other pathogens that we come in contact with daily. Adding complications such as hoarding to a death scene increases the likelihood of health risks to the cleanup crew.
3. Cleaning up blood and biological material isn’t easy, especially on large blood spills. As the video above illustrates, although a surface may look clean, biological material is still present. Bodily fluids soak into surfaces or pool under tiles, leaving unseen biohazardous material and potential bloodborne pathogens behind. Our crews are often tasked with removing flooring, subfloors, wall board, cabinets and other more intense labors beyond simple cleaning. If a subfloor is breached, bodily fluids may travel downward to areas below, requiring concrete sealing or other remediation method to prevent recurring odor or staining.
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