Hoarding Cleanup

Blood Cleanup

Bloodborne Pathogen and OPIM Remediation

Blood and body fluids with the exception of urine and saliva are the natural distributive motors for carrying most pathogens throughout the human body. Technicians and workers may be exposed to these fluids. When it comes to blood cleanup, it’s essential to decontaminate at a microscopic level.Therefore, universal precautions shall be observed. Bloodborne pathogen and OPIM remediation is the process of cleaning up of contaminants as well as physical removal of contaminants and items impacted by them. This may involve physical removal of contaminants from surfaces and application of cleaning agents to non-porous or semi-porous items, or removal and disposal of impacted porous items.

Contaminants can be liquid, semi-liquid, or dried. Once wet contaminants have dried, they can become airborne and potentially cause respiratory hazards. Respiratory protection for all persons shall be an essential addition to PPE when dried blood or OPIM is present or suspected. After ensuring that adequate containment are in place, technicians should determine the best method of containment removal and shall dispose of the contaminants in an approved manner.

Typically, cleanup of structural components impacted by a trauma and crime scene incident requires only the materials that have been in direct contact with blood and OPIM to be treated or removed. Structural components not in contact with blood and OPIM should be isolated and protected from the affected areas. The decision of whether to isolate unaffected areas should be determined during development of a scope of work by a technician. If the affected area is contained to one small room, isolate only the areas where the materials and contents will be processed or manipulated. In contrast, if the impacted area is very large, it will likely be more efficient to isolate larger areas. Technicians should evaluate all areas that may have been cross contaminated by first responders, other persons, or animals who have tracked blood and OPIM.

Absolutely Clean Technicians follow OSHA’s bloodborne pathogen regulations and practice universal precautions to protect our employees and customers. Our science-based process ensures that we contain the affected areas to prevent cross-contamination, remove all traces of blood and biological materials, disinfect and deodorize, and test to confirm that the affected areas are free of pathogens. We are diligent and thorough because we understand that the health and safety of you and your family are on the line.

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