Recent Biohazard Posts

Most Common Biohazards

3/3/2023 (Permalink)

Did you know SERVPRO of Reisterstown offers biohazard cleaning? Biohazard cleaning refers to the removal of any biological material that poses a health threat. Oftentimes we receive emergency calls requesting our crew to come out immediately to cleanup the aftermath of an unfortunate event or accident. Below are the most common types of biohazards:

  • Blood - including items stained or saturated with blood, as well as human or animal tissue with blood. Typical scenes where this biohazard would be present include car crashes, crime scenes and hospitals.
  • Sharps - such as needles and glass. Commonly present at car crashes, hospitals, doctors’ offices and abandoned homes or buildings.
  • Bodily fluids - for example, saliva and secretions. Typical scenes where this biohazard would be present include crime scenes and hospitals
  • Animal waste - stemming from carcasses or body parts, secretions or living spaces with an animal infected with a pathogen. Animal waste would most commonly be present at places such as homes that have issues with neglecting and/or hoarding, pet hospitals, boarding facilities or animal shelters
  • Microbial waste - such as specimen cultures and instruments used to mix or transfer cultures. Microbial waste would be found in a laboratory.
  • Pathological waste - including tissues, organs and bodily fluids removed from a human or animal during a procedure, such as a surgery. Pathological waste can be found in a dental office, cosmetic, veterinary or general surgery center, or hospital to name a few places.

If you’re experiencing a biohazard catastrophe in your home or business, we are here to help you 24/7. Give our office a call today at (410) 242-7370.

Biohazard Cleanup

3/27/2022 (Permalink)

Over the years, SERVPRO of Reisterstown has been called to work on many different jobs that would be considered Biohazard Cleanup. But what exactly is does that mean?

A biohazard situation occurs when exposure to biological and chemical contaminants can pose serious health consequences. This can be anything from sewage backups or animal waste to crime scene or homicide.

A very common situation is a sewage backup. Sewage backups and dark water intrusions are more than nasty, smelly deposits – these damages also introduce harmful microorganisms into a structure. In this situation, our trained technicians remove the sewage, contaminants, and moisture, and help ensure the structure is properly cleaned, disinfected, and deodorized.

One of the most devastating and emotional situations that requires cleanup is a trauma scene. Our technicians follow OSHA and EPA protocols to help transform an unsafe environment back into a clean, safe home or business. Their first focus is always safety, since crime or accident scenes may involve bloodborne pathogens, harmful chemicals, and other dangers. Additionally, our professionals will always treat your property and the people involved with the greatest empathy and respect in the face of trying circumstances.

Most recently, our most prevalent biohazard cleanup situation has been cleaning homes and businesses after a positive case of Covid-19. Coronavirus, a viral pathogen, is another type of biohazard and our technicians have completed our specialized viral pathogen-cleaning program.

Other biohazard situations we’ve encountered are hoarding scenes, accident cleanup, animal waste or remains, and chemical spills.

Biohazards may occur in homes, businesses, public spaces, and even cars. These situations are never easy, but we’re here to help.Equipped with the necessary safety apparatus and cleaning products, our technicians help transform any unsafe environments back into clean, safe spaces.