Biohazard cleanup involves cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorizing areas where a traumatic event such as an accident, injury or death has occurred.
In 1991, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a standard to protect workers from the risk of blood or other potentially infectious materials (BOPIM). Infectious pathogens include the Hepatitis B virus, HIV, and many others.
This standard helps protect approximately 5.6 million workers in the healthcare industry and related occupations. Biohazard remediation falls within the scope of the BOPIM standard.
Also, the BOPIM standard has several requirements, including:
Every time technicians handle potentially hazardous materials, they are put at significant risk. Thus, following proper training and safety procedures is crucial. It’s important not only for themselves but also for the individuals who will reside in the property after the biohazard cleanup is complete.