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Blood Cleanup Questions


Can I cleanup blood in my own home? 

Over the years, people ask whether or not families are allowed to cleanup blood in their own homes following a homicide, suicide, or unattended death. As far as I know, unless the laws of change, we have a perfect right to cleanup blood in our own home. I know for a fact, in the past, some blood cleanup companies in California claimed that "only professional blood cleanup companies" can clean up biohazards, maning blood. 

Often, blood cleanup employees do not know the rules, laws, and they misinformed families in the blood cleanup services. And then again, I know of a few blood cleanup companies, and purposefully misled members of the public to gain blood cleanup work. This is inherently morally corrupt. We often run into morally corrupt people in business and politics. So be aware. 

I am sometimes asked, "if I do blood cleanup in my own home for a family member, and my at risk for some sort of biohazard?" 

In short, blood cleanup regulations apply to employees. And it employs the come in the contact with human blood during the course of their work, or who may be in the vicinity of human blood during their work, are subject blood-borne pathogen regulations. 

When there is honest confusion over whether or not a family member can clean up blood in their own home, it arises when a blood cleanup company employ misunderstands blood-borne pathogen regulations. Such regulations come from the federal government by way of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). California, for example, has its own California Occupational Safety and Health Administration. And "CAL OSHA" stop regulations in the federal government when it comes to blood cleanup.

 The answer is, "yes" in "no." 

Any time that we are exposed to human blood, we are at risk of coming into contact with blood-borne pathogens. Blood-borne pathogens are "biohazards." This means that when human blood contamination includes human immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV) or hepatitis C, or example, there is some risk of biohazard contamination. 

And the answer becomes "no" when precautions proceed blood cleanup. For one, when blood has remained dormant for days, it loses its blood-borne pathogen potential. When flooded with bleach, human blood must lose some if not most of its blood-borne pathogen potential. And with all of this said, we must remember, not all human blood carries blood-borne pathogens. 

Should I Cleanup Blood? 

Whenever a traumatic injury occurs in significant quantities, family members must consider their income. If a family has a discretionary income, a comfortable reserve, then they may wish to hire a blood cleanup company. Consider that blood cleanup tasks require time, energy, and patience. Sometimes a professional blood cleanup practitioner will take hours to clean up blood following a homicide, suicide, or unattended death. So, what about an amateur cleaning after a horrific event?

What sort of time pressures move a family to make a decision? What sort of blood-related odors foul living space? 

Of course, a small crew a blood cleanup practitioners will require much less time than a solo blood cleanup practitioner. Plus, a blood cleanup crew has that extra set of eyes to work over the area. However, an experienced, sole blood cleanup practitioner knows enough to use the proper chemicals to highlight blood and other potentially infectious materials. In any case, whenever an enormous blood cleanup task requires special attention, a family's discretionary income becomes a consideration.

When a family must do blood cleanup in their home, my telephone remains available for telephone information at no charge. Call for blood cleanup information without obligation. 

Another consideration arises when we look at the emotional state of a victim's family members. Do family members have the emotional stamina to cope with what follows? After all, a horrific event causing pain and suffering to a family member causes much stress in family relations.

We must remember that following a suicide, nobody cares to cleanup the suicide victim's blood. Here you will find suicide cleanup notes for more information.

Biohazards in Bloodborne and Airborne Pathogens

What are pathogens?
What are blood-borne pathogens?
What are airborne pathogens?
Chain of transmission
transmissions on the Law
meeting OSHA standards
who needs OSHA training




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What are pathogens?

Pathogens cause illness and disease as well as death. The beginning of human history, we had one about pathogens, but we have not known their source or how they populated our world. In the time of the ancient Greeks and before, people look to nature and the "gods." In both nature and the celestial beings, they found answers to the origin of pathogens. No, their beliefs were not wrong, but they needed to believe something cause such terrible illness and disease as well as death.

Thanks to science, today we know that several types of disease causing pathogens enter our homes and workplaces. These include viruses like measles, bacteria like tuberculosis, fungi like athletes, protozoa like giardiasis, prions like mad cow disease, parasitic worms like tapeworms, and rickettsia like that found in typhus and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

What are bloodborne pathogens?
Now, bloodborne pathogens include viruses, bacteria, and parasites that are generated human blood. The most common blood-borne pathogens the blood cleanup practitioners become aware of include hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). These disease and death causing pathogens follow pathways open to them by unprotected bodily contacts and body words.

What Are Airborne Pa;thogens?
Now, airborne pathogens disease and death by hitchhiking upon droplets of moisture and dust. For example, when people sneeze or cough and failed to cover their nose and mouth, they may transfer airborne pathogens to those people around them.

Sources for the transmission of airborne pathogens include infected patients were infected animals. Even birds pass the flu virus to humans.

These are more pathogens enter the mouth, nose, cuts, and needle punctures. So contacts through bodily secretions, air droplets,, and vectors play a role in the transmission of some pathogens. The mouth, nose, cuts, needle punctures all play a part.

When we talk about occupational disease transmission, usually use words like exposure. Exposure will include all those elements that play a part in a chain of transmission. And exposure suggests that blood or other potentially infectious materials OPIMS (whether infected or not) enter a host through their portal of entry. Mucous membranes, the respiratory tract, and even cuts or nonintact skin serve as portal of entry.

Just the same, an exposure does not necessarily cause an infection. It depends on the hosts immunity. And it depends on the concentration of pathogens in the exposure. Put another way, if there is a high density of pathogens in the transmission, and the likelihood of contracting a disease or illness is higher. And then, the density of pathogens remains low during transmission, the potential for transmission of disease or illness remains low.

Pathogens and the Law

Here we begin to understand how blood cleanup company employees misinterpret the law related to blood-borne pathogens and who can cleanup blood following a homicide, suicide, or unattended death. Certain occupations like that of a blood-borne cleanup practitioner require exposure to human blood. Like doctors, nurses, morticians, exposure to blood means a potential for infection by blood-borne pathogens of not airborne pathogens.

With all this in mind, United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) determine that it needed regulations to reduce and eliminate employee exposure to blood-borne pathogens.

As a result, training requirements for blood-borne pathogen exposure were mandated. Regulations known as the OSHA blood-borne pathogen standard 29 CFR 1910.1040 respiratory protection standard 29 CFR 1910.134 were instituted. These are not silly little government regulations meant to harass free enterprise. No, these regulations are meant to protect doctors, dentists, nurses, and the person in the street as well. So designated employees, those expected to come in contact with her be exposed to human blood, now must have training in blood-borne pathogen exposure precautions. Employee safety through proper training, education and safety became mandated.

Meeting the OSHA Standards

At this point anyone interested in cleaning human blood in their own home realizes that there are no rules or regulations against doing so. The OSHA standards for biohazard cleanup apply to employees. Obviously, for purposes of blood cleanup in their own home, family members should not be too concerned about biohazard cleanup regulations. They must be concerned about his exposure to blood-borne pathogens. Simple precautions to avoid inoculation by blood-borne pathogens should do the trick for cleaning up human blood.

So, eyes, nose, and mouth protection should be worn during blood cleanup activities. Of course, thick rubber gloves would be helpful to avoid exposure to one's hands. It would be wise to use a flat no shovel, a large metal dustpan, large thick plastic bags (construction bags)" paper towels, and throw away towels and garments. For cleaning solutions, it might be wise to use household bleach, cleaning solutions like Simpe Green, and other cleaning products. Most important idea here, is protect oneself from becoming injected by blood-borne and airborne pathogens.