Does Crime Scene Cleanup Require Certification?


Hazardous industries often have a regulatory body that develops and implements standards for certification. Requiring companies to certify every employee helps ensure that consumers receive proper and compliant service. It also encourages potential entrepreneurs to develop a new business by providing clearly defined guideposts, spurring local economic growth. Unfortunately, not all industries have a regulatory body.

Despite the claims of many web-based organizations, no certification exists for crime scene cleanup. This, however, does not mean that crime scene cleanup companies require no training or expertise. Federal, state, and local governments have bureaus and agencies that promote and enforce lawful regulations as well as training.

One of the most prominent agencies is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA, a part of the United States Department of Labor, was established with the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. Its mission is to protect the health of working adults by offering training, outreach, education, and assistance — assuring safe working conditions. Companies are subject to hefty fines should they violate any of the regulations set forth by OSHA.

The Licenses Crime Scene Cleanup Companies Acquire

Crime scene cleanup companies acquire various licenses to fall in compliance with OSHA regulations as well as comply with state and local government requirements. Each license establishes specific parameters within which crime scene cleaners must conduct business; this ensures public health and welfare, the safety of employees, and environmental protection.

In addition to operational licenses in 48 states, here are a few medical waste licenses Aftermath currently maintains:

  • Medical Waste Transportation Permit (Alabama)
  • Trauma Scene Waste Practitioner Permit (California)
  • BioMedical Waste Storage Permit (Florida)
  • Medical Waste Producing Facility Registration (Michigan)
  • Generator Permit (Ohio)

Aftermath branches and employees earn these licenses following quite rigorous standardized testing of best practices, proprietary methods, and safety compliance. Here is an illustration that highlights the thorough process of our restoration and remediation services: Scene of a Crime