High-Risk Cleaning Environments: What Custodians Need for the Job

By Eric Michaels

High-Risk Cleaning Environments: What Custodians Need for the Job

Among the most high-risk cleaning environments, nothing tops the challenge of a police crime scene. Once DNA samples and other pieces of evidence are collected, the job of removing the biohazards from the scene falls upon custodians who may not have the tools for the job. Law enforcement agencies need a solution that has been proven in the field.


Cleaning a Disaster Area


No matter how many times an officer has responded to a crime scene, the grisly sights involved do not get any less jarring. Simply collecting evidence is a tall order when the conditions are at their worst. Nonetheless, proper procedure demands a thorough exploration of the site and as much evidence collection as possible. In some cases, the most complex investigations may involve leaving remains on the scene for several days.


A private plane crash in Charlotte, North Carolina, on New Year's Eve 2006 demonstrated how extensive damage can be with lots of debris scattered across neighborhood houses. Law enforcement contacted a local agency called Crime Scene Services to tackle the job so the neighborhood could get back to normal. Jeff Darr, founder of the company, explained that all bodily fluids are biohazards under federal regulation. Darr's team wears special protective clothing and uses a hands-free system to protect them from the biohazardous material.


High-Risk Cleaning the Hands-Free Way


Once the evidence is collected by crime scene investigators, the job of making the site livable again falls on custodians. The job should start with low-pressure chemical injection to soak into the soiled areas. Once the solution sets in, cleaning crews blast away any substances lodged into flooring and walls using a high-pressure sprayer. Wet vacuum systems then remove the soils for the custodians to safely dispose of later. Throughout the cleaning process, custodians have no need to come into contact with the biohazards on the scene.


Though this system may seem to require several machines to get the job done, all-in-one cleaning systems exist that handle this complex job in full. In fact, spray-and-vac systems can be used as a dry vac when carpeting needs to be cleaned and as a wet vac for hard surfaces. Carpet extraction tools go to work on stained rugs and upholstery in the home and car. This system can eliminate the touch stains that get embedded into carpet fibers without endangering the cleaning crew.


High-risk cleaning is a tough job that law enforcement agencies have to recommend to those affected. When biohazards are involved, versatile hands-free cleaning is the only solution worth trying. Click here to learn more about cleaning solutions that deliver in the toughest circumstances.


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