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The Procedural Aspects of Biohazard Cleanup Performed by Cleaning Professionals in the Upper East Side of NYC

October 19th, 2016 · No Comments

Biohazard cleanup is usually quite different from other normal cleanup tasks, and as such, cleaning professionals need to pay special attention to the details because of the risk of contamination and spread of infectious diseases. Today we will look at the various procedural aspects that professionals need to keep in mind while performing such challenging cleanup work.

We will go through the details of the following:

  • The different types of disinfectants used for biohazard cleanup
  • The factors upon which the selection of disinfectants depends
  • What defines regulated waste
  • What type of containers should be used for disposing of regulated waste
  • How regulated waste should be disposed of

What are the different types of disinfectants used by biohazard cleanup professionals to decontaminate infected surfaces?

  • Cleanup professionals usually use the following disinfectants for cleaning contaminated surfaces:
  • Diluted bleach solutions
  • Tuberculocidal disinfectants that are EPAregistered
  • Disinfectants proven to be effective against HBV and HIV (and EPAregistered)
  • High level disinfectants and sterilants approved by the FDA

What are the factors on which the use of any particular disinfectant depends?

  • The use of any specific disinfectant as well as the frequency of use depends on various factors:
  • The location where cleanup is being performed
  • The kind of surface that is being cleaned
  • The type of soiling

How is regulated waste to be disposed of by cleanup professionals?

Before looking at the procedure to be followed for the disposal of regulated waste, let’s first look at what is meant by the term “regulated waste.

Regulated waste

Regulated waste refers to different types of wastes that need special handling such as:

  • Semiliquid or liquid blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM)
  • Items that have been contaminated with OPIM or blood and may release contamination (in a semiliquid or liquid state) if compressed
  • Items caked with OPIM or dried blood that could possibly release such materials when handled
  • Contaminated sharps

Disposal of regulated waste

Biohazard cleanup professionals need to use the right type of container for the disposal of regulated waste. Such containers should be:

  • Properly closable to prevent the protrusion or spillage of contents
  • Constructed in such a way as to prevent leakage at the time of handling, transportation, storage, or shipping
  • Color coded or labeled according to regulatory standards

After putting the waste in the right container, the container should be disposed of according to applicable regulations.

If your commercial facility in the Upper East Side of NYC, Staten Island, or anywhere in northern New Jersey has been exposed to bio-hazards and you need immediate assistance cleaning up the contaminants, you should contact ServiceMaster Metropolitan.

Our biohazard cleanup professionals have extensive knowledge of the correct procedure to be followed for such cleanup tasks and can ensure that your facility is properly decontaminated as quickly as possible.

Just give us a call on our emergency support number at (855) 560-7999 and we will send a team of certified and experienced cleanup professionals to examine the nature of the contamination and begin cleanup work immediately.

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