The CDC has four classifications of biohazards. The levels are based on how easy it is for humans to get sick from the hazard. Yet, it is important to remove all biohazards and decontaminate the space.
Biohazard Level 1 is low risk. People might get sick, but others might not get sick at all. Bacteria also does not spread with ease. An example of this would be E. Coli. When people come into contact with it, they can fall ill. But some people might not become sick. The bacteria does not spread from person to person. It is also treatable.
Biohazard Level 2 has more risk. These biohazards spread through direct contact. AIDS and salmonella are examples of this. People who handle these biohazards must wear protective gear to keep themselves from becoming infected.
Biohazard Level 3 involves high risk. Once a disease is airborne, anyone who breathes it in can become ill. A cleanup crew would need to wear masks and ensure that removal does not stir it up even more.
Biohazard Level 4 is very high risk. Not only can it spread with relative ease, the illness has no known cure. Ebola is an example of this biohazard. Some people can survive these diseases, but the survival rate is low.
Decontaminating home and office
Once a biohazard has infected a home or office, decontaminating the space is vital. Biohazard cleanup crews arrive in appropriate gear to protect themselves from the biohazards and lessen the spread of the bacteria and viruses. Everything is cleaned and sanitized.
This means that walls, carpets, and floorboards must undergo a thorough cleaning. Upholstered furniture, carpets, and specialty rugs get cleaned and decontaminated with such care that the items are restored to their original condition.
Biohazards are dangerous. Only those with the proper protective gear and training should handle the cleanup of biohazards. Decontamination goes beyond deep cleaning. Depending on the biohazard, it may also involve specialized solutions and treatments that eliminate the biohazard and prevent its spread.
When a biohazard incident occurs, know that you can count on C.A.R.E. to take care of the cleanup and decontamination. Contact us to learn more about our biohazard and crime scene cleanup services.