Since the creation of the Occupational Health and Safety Association (OSHA), statistics on industrial accidents, injuries, and deaths have fallen dramatically due to the administration’s commitment to workplace safety laws and standards.
Unfortunately, even with stricter laws in place and a greater emphasis on workplace safety, industrial accident statistics are staggering. In 2013, for instance, more than 4,000 U.S. workers were killed on the job. That is more than 12 job-related deaths a day!
Construction sites, hospitals, and manufacturing plants – these are just a few of the most dangerous job sites in America.
What Happens After Workplace Injuries?
The scene following an industrial accident is one that deserves expertise and compassion.
Although most construction and manufacturing personnel are trained to deal with a wide range of accidents, most are not trained on how to handle the affected area left behind.
Additionally, if an employee contracts an illness or disease from cleaning up the scene, your company could be held liable and in direct violation of state health and safety laws.
Health and Safety Standards Used for the Scene
The goal of a professional biohazard cleanup company is not only to clean up a trauma scene, but to restore the scene to hospital-grade sanitation and safety levels.
These services require extensive training, proper licensing and equipment. To ensure the safety of everyone involved, all DOT, OSHA, and EPA standards must be met. Crews should utilize 4 main types of personal protective equipment (PPE):
- Class II Blood-borne Pathogen Rated Suits. These full-body suits must be disposed of each time a technician re-enters a scene to avoid cross-contamination.
- High Risk Latex Gloves. Technicians use 2 layers of gloves that extend to the forearm to protect themselves against infection.
- Chemical Resistant Boot Covers. Similar to the gloves, these boots protect shoes and feet from contamination and must be removed upon exiting the scene.
- Full Face Respirators. These respirators prevent disease transmission through facial tissue and filter the air so that airborne illnesses are not contracted.
Maintain a Safe Workplace Facility with Aftermath
Aftermath offers trauma scene recovery services to families and businesses, and is dedicated to serving our clients with dignity and compassion while offering the support they need.
The Aftermath Way is more than just a cleaning regimen – it is a mind-set that is instilled in each and every employee.
Since 1996, Aftermath has specialized in biohazard remediation and is now the largest and most trusted provider of biohazard remediation services in the country, with locations in all 48 continental states. To learn more about Aftermath, our services, and how we can help your family or business, check out these Frequently Asked Questions.
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/iif/oshwc/osh/os/ostb3962.pdf