Trauma Clean Up FAQ

Trauma FAQ

Do Trauma Scenes always involve death or injury?

No, they involve all types of human fluid release, such a loss of bowel control or if an individual becomes ill and vomits in your building.  These types of incidents can potentially compromise the health and safety of the building’s occupants, as bodily fluids can contain a wide range of bacteria, parasites, viruses and other pathogens. These incidents should be cleaned and decontaminated by a professional in order to avoid cross contamination and exposing the building’s occupants to a known hazard.
Can a family member cleanup a trauma scene if it involved their loved ones?
There is no law that says that a family member can’t clean up a trauma scene of their loved one, but we STRONGLY discourage doing so. Why?
• This can be emotionally trying for the person performing the cleanup
• There could be a significant health risk present, as bodily fluids can contain a wide range of bacteria, parasites, viruses and other pathogens.
• If the individual who is performing the cleanup is not specially trained and following specific cleaning and disposal procedure, they could present a health risk to others.
When can family members pick up personal items of the deceased?
Once our trauma scene technicians inventory and determine what items are contaminated and what items are not, family members/other approved persons can pick up items deemed uncontaminated.
Can all contaminated structural materials be cleaned and disinfected?
Contaminated materials that are porous, such as drywall, carpeting etc. must be disposed of at the licensed Biohazard facility and the customer will be provided with receipt for the disposal (a manifest).
What documentation will I receive to prove that the affected areas have been properly decontaminated and cleaned?
Once the cleanup and decontamination services are complete, closure testing by an independent third party, certified environmental consultant is highly recommended. This testing will verify that everything has been properly decontaminated, and that it is safe for occupants to inhabit the space. AM/PM will facilitate this service for our customer’s prior to the commencement of reconstruction.
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Link to website page for: Fed. Reg 29 CFR 1910.1030.