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Who cleans up crime scenes? Police, EMTs or coroners… or someone else entirely.

Who cleans up crime scenes? Police, EMTs or coroners… or someone else entirely.

As television shows like Law and Order and CSI, continue to get more and more popular, the audience watching these shows think that they understand what happens at a murder scene. At first, crime scene, personnel and law enforcement officials have to work together to secure the area where the crime is committed, and then they collect evidence. One big question remains unanswered: Who cleans up after a murder?

Crime scene investigators and law enforcement officials do not have the supplies or knowledge that is needed to properly sanitize a crime scene, the job of cleaning up a crime scene after a murder falls to friends and family members of the dead victim. Surprised?

When asked, a lot of people assume that crime scenes are cleaned up by the police or investigators but that is not so because;

  • They are not properly trained for it
  • It is simply not their job

Whenever you envision a murder scene, the first thing that comes to mind is blood. When a murder is committed in a business place or at home, the blood that is spilled if not properly cleaned could infect the future and current occupants of the building with some bloodborne diseases. Professional Crime Scene Cleaners are usually called in to efficiently clean up the space. This is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones from harmful infections.

Why should a crime scene cleanup company be called upon? Why not just clean up the scene yourself?

Legally, it doesn’t matter who cleans up the scene of a murder. There is one thing that is certain, though: Special attention and care should be taken to protect everyone that is involved in the cleaning process. Professional crime scene cleaners are very skilled in removing dangerous biological contaminants from properties and homes while protecting themselves and every other person around them from life-threatening infections.

How do they do it:

Proper Training: There is no special agency that is in charge of training for biohazard remediation, Crime Scene Cleaners are certified and trained in chemical exposure and bloodborne pathogen.

Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): All Crime Scene Cleaners wear protective equipment. This personal protective equipment includes: respiratory gear, double layer gloves and Biohazard suits designed especially for bioremediation.

Prevention of Cross Contamination: Crime Scene Cleaners create 3 zones (clean zone, buffer zone, and control zone) using bio-tape and plastic sheeting. This separates areas that are contaminated from the other parts of the building.

Sanitization: Crime Scene Cleaners will clean the area with cleaning agents and then test the surfaces to detect if any living organisms survived. Once the process of cleaning is complete, they make sure that ATP levels are at 0 before the scene is considered clean.

The right disposal of biohazardous material: Once sanitization is complete, Crime Scene Cleaners pack all biohazardous materials such as furniture and blood-soaked carpet in specially marked biohazard containers and take them to an authorized biohazard disposal site.

Need Help? Call Bio Recovery.

Bio Recovery is a leader in Blood, Body Fluid, and Death cleanup. We understand that this is a very difficult time in your life and we will take away the burden of cleaning the crime scene so that you can focus on other important tasks. Give us call anytime at 1-888-752-5001 when you need us and our team will respond to your request immediately, without delay! We make you our priority.

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