Biohazard Remediation is the removal of Biological Hazards. Biological Hazards are organic matter like blood and other bodily fluids as well as airborne pathogens which pose a hazard to your health and safety. In the wake of any trauma, whether it is an accident, violent crime or the discovery of an unattended death, biohazards are left behind that require the attention of a trained professional.
A professional decontamination cleanup team is needed to ensure complete restoration in compliance with OSHA regulations. Unprotected exposure to decomposition and blood borne pathogens can result in everything from hepatitis, hantavirus and tuberculosis to birth defects, serious respiratory ailments, liver damage, and even kidney failure.
How Are Biohazard Classified?
Biohazards are classified in levels 1 through 4:
Level-1 biohazard is the least severe and only requires basic protective equipment to stay safe, such as gloves and a face mask.
Level-2 biohazard, you are at risk for a mild disease that is unlikely to spread through the air.
Level-3 biohazards cause serious diseases and can be fatal if you do not seek prompt treatment after exposure. Most people exposed to level-3 biohazards survive if they take the proper steps after infection.
Level-4 biohazards are deadly viruses for which no treatment exists.
What Are Some Examples of Biohazards?
You are likely wondering about biohazard examples so that you can get a clear picture of the threat you might be facing. Here are a few examples:
- Blood and other bodily fluids that are present at the scene of a death or crime are considered biohazardous. A professional blood cleanup crew is required to decontaminate and remediate the areas affected to return it to a safe condition for inhabitants.
- Hoarding situations often contain biohazardous materials. Underneath the towers of clutter there may be animal and human feces, urine, decomposing waste, and/or hazardous chemicals.
- Body parts and decaying animals are another threat that can contribute to the spread of harmful pathogens.