How to Choose a Death Cleaning Service Company
A Death Cleaning Service (commonly referred to as crime scene cleanup or biohazard remediation) is a service that cleans, disinfects, and deodorizes a death site. This is especially common in cases of suicide, homicide, or unattended death because these types of scenes can be affected with large amounts of blood and body fluids that can contain harmful bloodborne pathogens, including HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and MRSA.
THE IMPORTANCE OF AFTER DEATH CLEANING SERVICES
Biohazards are potentially infectious organisms that can cause harm to humans. Because biohazards have the potential to transmit diseases, such as HIV, Hepatitis B and C, and MRSA, a professional death cleaning service goes beyond using commercial cleaning agents to ensure a site is truly disinfected.
CHECKLIST FOR SELECTING A DEATH CLEANING SERVICE
When selecting a biohazard removal cleaning service, customers should utilize a checklist to ensure the company adheres to industry standards. At Aftermath, we adhere to a 28-point checklist, which illustrates the regulatory, compliance, and quality assurance standards we follow as part of our commitment to service, excellence, and innovation.
4 QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE HIRING A PROFESSIONAL DEATH CLEANING SERVICE
Choosing the right death cleaning service company can be a time consuming and confusing process. By asking the following questions, you can ensure the company you are partnering with is reputable, knowledgeable, and professional.
- How long have you been in business? Choosing an inexperienced death cleaning company can yield serious consequences that can negatively impact your health and cost more money in the long run. Aftermath has provided death cleaning services to families, businesses, and communities for more than 20 years.
- What are your quality assurance standards? Although death cleaning is not a direct federally regulated industry, a reputable death cleanup company adheres to strict OSHA standards and requires cleanup technicians to be certified annually in bloodborne pathogen training. The company should also be able to provide proof of workers’ compensation, commercial general liability insurance, environmental liability insurances, and evidence of medical waste transporter licenses. Aftermath goes beyond this with a 28-point checklist that illustrates the regulatory, compliance and quality assurance standards that every death cleaning company should follow.
- How can I be sure my family’s privacy will be respected? No one wants strangers bustling through their home in the days following the tragic loss of a loved one. Aftermath understands this, and takes the utmost care to treat the scene and the family with compassion, professionalism, and respect. All of our vehicles are discreetly marked to maintain confidentiality, and all of our technicians undergo sensitivity training and background checks.
- What hours are death cleaning technicians available and how long is the response time? Tragedies can happen at any time and cannot always wait for a response. Aftermath is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and has teams who cover the 48 contiguous states. On average, an Aftermath service team can arrive on site within 2-4 hours of dispatch.
At Aftermath, we believe that no one should have to suffer the process of cleaning and remediation after a traumatic event. Please contact us day or night for death cleaning services.
The Free Dictionary: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/biohazard
Baltimore Sun: http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1995-01-18/news/1995018074_1_tear-gas-gas-training-harford-county