Infectious Disease Cleaning
Cleaning contaminated spaces after the outbreak of infectious disease is far more rigorous than a liberal dose of soap and elbow grease. Various safety precautions, steps, and tests need to be undertaken to ensure the contaminated location has been made safe for use. For a space to be safe, the total eradication of communicable diseases in the space needs to be achieved to prevent future transmission from contact with the area.
Infectious diseases are commonly highly contagious and can be spread not only through contact with an infected person or animal, but also from contact with surfaces, most commonly when you touch a contaminated area then touch your face, mouth, or eyes.
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Unless affected by a fungus such as mold, or exposed to bodily fluids, telling whether a space is contaminated or not by looking at it is impossible. This is why biohazard remediation is needed for spaces that may have been impacted by infectious diseases. Common areas that require this treatment include hospitals, schools and daycare, airports and transportation hubs, and the home of an infected individual.
The Importance of Infectious Disease Decontamination
There are hundreds of infectious diseases that are known to many. Many of the diseases that were once feared have been prevented, and some such as smallpox have been eradicated through vaccination programs. Many infectious diseases do still exist, but the number of cases is closely controlled through vaccinations.
Chickenpox, Hepatitis B, Mumps, Measles, Rubella, and Tetanus were all diseases that were at one time a great risk to society, with outbreaks common. Since vaccination programs, however, the number of causes of these conditions has declined dramatically.
However, new infectious diseases occur, and some diseases still do not have a cure or vaccine. Even with immunization, the risk of infecting those who cannot be vaccinated such as the very young or the immunosuppressed means that effective infectious disease cleaning is essential.
Infection Diseases Which can be Contained through Biohazard Cleaning Include…
Hand, Foot, and Mouth
And many more!
Why Expert Infectious Disease Cleaners are Essential
Some types of pathogens can survive on surfaces for some time, while others are incredibly potent in body fluids such as blood, bile, and spit, and some are airborne. Therefore, as soon as an infectious disease has been identified, areas where contamination may have occurred need to be closed off and the professionals called.
Experts are needed to decontaminate areas of infectious disease exposure as they have the necessary knowledge to be able to protect themselves and others from infection.
Professional crews will have a range of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at their disposal. They have knowledge and training which covers important rules and guidelines such as those from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Expert remediators also have a variety of different decontamination methods at their disposal, such as disinfection, sterilization, and sanitization. Many teams also have diagnostic equipment that can be used to confirm that the area is once again safe for use.