Most people (hopefully) never expect to deal with the aftermath of a violent crime in their place of business. But it does happen, and it must be handled according to best practices. How should you go about crime scene clean up? How quickly can you get business back to usual? Clean Earth Restorations of San Diego gives you some basic information to help you with a crime and trauma plan of action.
Once law enforcement has given you the green light, you will be able to proceed with clean up of your property. We HIGHLY recommend using a professional service rather than trying to save money by doing it yourself.
One reason is that many insurance policies cover such services. If you have not already contacted your insurance agent, that’s your first move.
Another reason to contact a professional remediation company is that crime/trauma scenes (or industrial accidents) often involve substances that require specialized handling and removal, as well as specialized cleaning of any structures or materials that have been affected by said substances.
OSHA requires special handling and disposal of human tissues and fluids due to possible communicable diseases such a Hepatitis, HIV/AIDS and other pathogens. For this reason alone, we would recommend using a professional “trauma scene practitioner” (crime scene cleaner) for incidents involving violent crimes, suicides, and unattended deaths. Remember, a teaspoon of blood on the carpet may be a cup of blood under the carpet pad…
Another reason is that professional services will save you time and do a better job. They are equipped and practiced in what, for you, is a first- (and hopefully last-) time experience. They know which tasks to do in which order. They know which products and equipment to use on any given substance and they have them in stock. This is particularly true for disinfection, odor-, and stain-removal.
Lastly, protecting your employees and customers against the risks inherent in crime scene clean-ups is ethical and smart business. The knowledge, tools and experience of a professional service are your best bet against the health (and legal) risks of an ineffectual or botched clean up.
Reputable trauma scene practitioners are trained and certified by the American Bio Recovery Association. Trauma Scene Waste Management Practitioners must also register with the California Department of Public Health.
Once you have taken care of the physical clean up of the business premises, you may want to consider helping employees address the emotions of a business-place crime, and consider whether or not you need to communicate about the incident to your customers. Both issues will be specific to your particular circumstances.
Clean Earth Restorations is regularly referred by public agencies to residents and business owners faced with crime or trauma scenes to clean up. With 20 years of business in San Diego, we bring experience and expertise to every job we do. Call us today (619 284 4239) or contact us through this link with your crime scene clean up questions, to set up an appointment, or for a free estimate:
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