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Crime Scene Clean Up Legislation in New York
Crime scene clean up field is not regulated as a class. However, companies performing biohazard cleanup in the US are regulated under the best practice guidelines from advisory and governing bodies including, NIOSH, DOT, EPA and OSHA. New York is one of the few states that explicitly require licensing or registration for crime scene clean up companies. Other states require additional permits to operate. Thus, people who want to hire a crime scene clean up company must ensure that they are trained in federal and state regulations. Also, they must provide proper documentation of biohazardous waste disposal from duly licensed medical waste transportation and disposal companies.
OSHA is a regulating authority in the US that requires that exposure to blood-borne pathogens must be limited. Blood clean up is considered hazardous because it is assumed that blood is infectious. Most actions in blood clean up must limit exposure under cross-contamination protocol. A crime scene cleanup company should have a control plan before starting any blood clean up process.
The following OSHA regulations are found under employee safety and cross-contamination protocols that pertains to bioremediation.
OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1200 – Hazard Communication Protocol: Required to establish what chemicals are used and that they are properly labeled.
OSHA29 CFR 1910.1030 – Initial Assessment of Work: Must assess work site for potential hazards to employee safety.
OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1030; 29 CFR 1910.1030; 29 CFR 1910.1030; and 29, CFR 1926.1053 – Work Practice & Engineering Controls and Safety: Having done the initial assessment, must determine damage, potential hazards, equipment needs, egresses, work routes, possible complicating factors, ladder/scaffolding safety protocols, availability for hand-washing/sanitization wipes.
OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1030 – Method of Compliance: Ensure employees are following all OSHA-mandated engineering and work practice controls through proper supervision, written documentation and photographs.
OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1030 – Exposure Determination: Determine employee safety concerns due to exposure to biological materials.
OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1030 – Hazard Signs and Labels: Hazardous areas must be demarcated; use of biohazard tape and establishment of zones separates and identifies hazardous areas.
Choosing the Right Crime Scene Clean Up Company
When you are caught in a situation where you need the services of a crime scene clean up company, you have to hire the best company in the industry. Hence, you have to have a set of requirements while finding the best company for you.
Certifications and permits: While there are no governing rules for crime scene clean up, there are agencies that has jurisdiction for handling and transporting bio hazardous materials and substances. Blood clean up requires these permits because blood is considered bio hazardous.
Skills: Crime scene clean up cleaners must have their own licenses to perform the job. These cleaners are not house cleaning personnel. They were trained to acquire that necessary skills to get the job done. Hence, you have to make sure that you check the certifications of the cleaners of the company you consider hiring.
Experience: It is important to ensure that the crime scene clean up company has been in the industry. Check the number of years that the company has been servicing your area. Make sure that the company you choose has many years of experience in crime scene clean up.
Customer review: Customer reviews are important so that you will know how the company dealt with its previous customers. It will give you a clear picture of what to expect when you hire the company.
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