Almost everyone has seen a few episodes of CSI or those movies about murder and mayhem where the police come in and find a body or bodies lying on a bed or floor. Blood is splattered all over the place and pooling under a body. The police and the coroner are busy collecting blood, fluid samples, and other evidence. The body is then removed and the rest of the show is dedicated to finding the bad guys.
In real life when a homicide, suicide or unattended death occurs, the mess left behind needs to be cleaned up. This type of cleaning is often referred to as Crime scene cleanup or some of the other following names:
- Death cleanup
- Blood cleanup
- Forensic cleaning aftermath clean up
- Biohazard cleanup and more
What Does Trauma Scene Cleaning Entail
Crime and Trauma scene clean up in Las Vegas isn’t just confined to cleaning up homes or businesses when a crime has occurred. There is actually a range of what is known as Hazmat cleanup which includes the following:
- Homicide cleanup
- Suicide cleanup
- Any unattended deaths
- Medical waste removal
- Tear gas clean up
- Meth lab cleanup
- Drug cleanup
- Biohazard waste removal and disposal
- Tear gas cleanup
To learn more about how biohazard cleanup works, check out this article.
A Short History of Crime Scene Cleanup
As recently as 20 years ago if someone died in a home either because of violence or simply an unattended death, there were few companies who would attend to the aftermath cleanup. This would end up leaving it to the traumatized family to clean up the place all on their own. Today there are a number of companies that that take care of crime, forensic cleaning and biohazard remediation.
Cleaning companies that deal with trauma or drug lab cleanups need to have special training and skills and have to follow a number of regulatory requirements designed to protect those doing the cleanup and the public as well.
Originally there were a few small companies who engaged in this type of cleanup, mom and pop type of businesses, but today there are large companies that specialize in this type of cleanup making good money doing crime scene cleanup in Las Vegas. Here is a closer look at some of the types of crime and trauma scene cleanup duties.
Blood Cleanup and Removal
There are several situations where it may be necessary to clean up blood. Situations such as homicides, suicides, assaults or accidents can result in the loss of the blood in various amounts. Due to the fact that blood is considered to be a biohazard, cleaning it up is required to follow the rules of biohazard waste removal and disposal.
When a tragedy such as suicide or accident occurs that results in death family members are often traumatized and upset. Not only are they in no emotional condition to deal with cleaning up much blood they also probably have no idea to clean it up safely.
Hiring a crime scene cleanup company in Las Vegas can save the family some emotional trauma, while allowing the scene when the accident or suicide occurred to be cleaned up safely and effectively.
Death Cleaning and Restoration
In some circumstances, a single usually elderly person may die in their home and it may be several days before the body is discovered. Decomposing bodies requires the use of biohazard cleanup, removal, and remediation to clean up the area where the body lay to avoid the spread of various diseases caused by insects and the growth of bacteria that occurs from dead bodies. Specially trained experts in biohazard gear are needed to safely clean the area without spreading any germs or bacteria.
Medical Waste Cleanup
Not all crime and trauma situations result in someone dying. Sometimes medical personnel are called in to deal with shootings, stabbings, and other medical emergencies that require working fast and sometimes leaving behind medical waste such as bandages used to stop bleeding, needles and other debris. This medical waste needs to removed by biohazard cleanup technicians with proper hazmat equipment, and the entire area needs to be decontaminated.
Drug Lab Cleanup in Las Vegas Nevada
The manufacturing of various drugs has spread in the last several years. Meth labs especially, have sprung up in houses, apartments, motel rooms, sheds, the basement of businesses and more. Meth labs result in danger to anyone occupying the building long after the manufactures of the drugs have been arrested unless cleanup can be done.
Residue from left behind from the cooking of meth includes:
- Respiratory difficulties
- Skin, eye and nose irritation
- And perhaps more serious difficulties from long term exposure
Once the meth labs have been discovered and arrests have been made, cleaning up the hazardous gases and chemicals in the building and the building’s air is left to the property owners who lack both the knowledge and skills to clean up any building in which meth has been cooked to make it safe once more. Trained forensic cleaning professionals are generally the people your call to make any place where meth was cooked safe for habitation.
What Meth Cleanup Entails
Before meth cleanup can even begin the property needs to be aired out for several days to dispel any fumes from the air. Someone either needs to watch the property continuously to ensure no one enters or the building has to be closed up and locked when no one is there and opened back up for more continued airing out when someone is in attendance.
Once the majority of the fumes are out the building then cleanup can begin. Cleaners should wear hazmat suits and ventilation should be ongoing during the cleanup process.
In some cases, certain chemicals need to be dissolved, which includes the complete closing up of the building and heating to 90 degrees Fahrenheit, after which the building again needs to be aired out again for several days.
The entire cleanup process may have to be repeated several times.
Tear Gas Cleanup
Although tear gas is not considered to be fatal the effects left on a home or building after tear gas has been employed can be extremely harmful to people’s health. Tear gas is absorbed into the furnishings, HVAC systems, ceiling tiles, carpeting, walls and more.
If the tear gassed building is not thoroughly cleaned people inhabiting the building may suffer from:
- Irritation to the skin, eyes and nose
- Respiratory problems
- Loss of motor skills
- Kidney and Liver failure
The remnants of tear gas need to be cleaned by certified specialists wearing special protective gear. Decontamination of the entire property needs to be completed. Crime and trauma cleanup teams start at the further part of the building cleaning every square inch and marking everything they clean to ensure nothing is missed.
Precautions Taken For Crime Scene Cleaning
In this line of work, workers need to have a good deal of strength and stamina since doing this job requires you to wear a complete biohazard suit, full face masks, respirators, and multiple sets of gloves.
The technicians are sensitive to those who have been involved or have had someone they love involved in one of the above situations.
Most bioremediation companies require their employees to have training in:
- Bloodborne pathogens
- Personal protection
- Respiratory protection
- Hazardous communication training
- Medical waste handling
- Heat illness awareness
Keep in mind if you choose a career in trauma scene cleanup you will be face with some horrible scenes and situations that will require you to remain calm and focused in order to do your job and help the people who have been struck by various tragedies.
If you need help with trauma scene cleanup, call today to get help!