When pursuing a career, many people choose an industry that they feel has staying power. With an estimated 10 million violent crimes being committed in the United States each year, the need for crime scene cleanup jobs seems more prevalent than ever.
A Day in the Life of a Crime Scene Cleaner
Pursuing a job in crime scene cleanup is not for everyone. As a crime scene cleaner, you will be required to manage a wide range of situations – from homicide, suicide, and hoarding cleanup to tear gas removal and communicable disease decontamination. If you are interested in pursuing a career in crime scene cleanup, it is important to fully understand the nature of the job.
- Health and safety risks. Blood and bodily fluids can carry potentially life-threatening diseases like HIV and hepatitis. These risks make personal hygiene and safety a must and require technicians to wear biohazard suits, gloves, respirators, and other personal protective equipment. Although crime scene cleaning is not an officially regulated industry, there are regulations and guidelines that those working in crime scene cleanup jobs must follow to ensure public health and safety. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Department of Transportation (DOT), and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) oversee these protocols to ensure all guidelines are being met.
- Traumatic circumstances. As “second responders,” crime scene cleaners often walk into a scene that is both shocking and emotionally charged. No matter the circumstances, you must be able to compose yourself professionally and provide compassion and a sense of support to the families.
- Demanding hours. Crime scene cleanup is not a 9-5, Monday - Friday type of job. Families and property managers can require crime scene cleanup services late at night, early in the morning, on weekends, or on holidays, so flexibility and dedication is a must.
- Ongoing training. Training doesn’t stop once you land a crime scene cleanup job. Many crime scene cleanup companies require ongoing training and workshops to keep employees informed of changes in regulations and technology.
Work for an Industry Leader
Aftermath has been the industry leader in crime scene, trauma, and biohazard removal services since 1996 and has offices throughout the continental U.S. Although no college degree or special certification is required to become a crime scene cleaner, there are specific things we look for in potential candidates, including integrity, attention to detail, stamina, compassion, and commitment. At Aftermath, we believe that our people are what make the difference and that our compassionate and committed technicians help set us apart.
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