Los Angeles County Biohazard Cleanup
HOMICIDE - SUICIDE - UNATTENDED DEATH
All biohazardous waste is infectious, but not all infectious waste is biohazardous; human blood we consider biohazardous and human feces we consider infectious. Eddie Evans
The word Biohazard means different things that threaten human health and life. We started using it a lot iin the 1980s. The Human Immune Deficiency (HIV) became a threat to our health. So did Hepatitis C. These live inside our blood. We transmit these terrible diseases through our blood. We call them "bloodborne pathogens." This makes them "universal" threats. We hear so much about "infectious waste; are infectious waste biohazards?
Our congress legislated bloodborne pathogen (germs in blood) laws. Mostly, these new laws were meant to protect medical workers from blood. Needle-stick caused many illnesses to medical technicians, nurses, and doctors. Many have died. So as time passed, the term biohazard became understood as a bloodborne pathogen. Bloodborne pathogen means blood carried disease.
Other workers exposed to blood and other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) came under the bloodborne pathogen laws. OSHA took charge of administrating this law and its application to businesses; not families. Still, anyone working in a home, like a care taker, needed bloodborne pathogen training. This training may save lives; it remains available every hour on the Internet. Simply typeing bloodborne pathogen training in google brings it up. It costs $20.
Others covered by this legislation include employees from oroner, medical examiner, and other government employees. Biohazard cleanup practitioners must also have this training. Some biohazard cleanup companies tell peaople that they must have "certification" to clean up biohazards. What they don't say is that bloodborne pathogen training is the certification.
Most often, biohazard cleanup work takes place after a traumatic loss of human blood. Homicides, suicides, and unattended deaths call for professional cleaning. Decontamionation of the scene becomes my first priority. Although source material remains, I still decontaminate. Then clean. Then decontaminate again. I usually cleaning again. I often use bleach. I also use Simple Green and Pine Sole products. Each step creates a cleaner, more sterile environment. This continues until I complete my work.
Many time I must wear respirator if flies and maggots have invaded. My eye-glasses have safety lenses and work well enough when I wear a paper mask over my nose and mouth.
My rubber gloves come from Home Depot. They help protect my hands from body fluids and my chemical solutions. They do cause skin problems because sweating. Most often I use extension polls for remaining away from blood and OPIM as I work.
I use regular walking shoes for most biohazard cleanup work. These I easily remove when done. I can also disinfect and rinse them off for later use.
Visiing crime scene cleanup will provide more information about biohazard cleanup.
After congress passed bloodborne pathogen legislation, Los Angeles County's coroner, medical examiner, administration, and public guardian employees learned about corruption. They found an opportunity to make a lot of money. Simply by referring victims' families to biohazard cleanup companies, they received money. We call this a "kickback." Some of these employees own their own crime scene cleanup company.
The same corruption occurred in Orange County's government. See Orange County Consumer Fraud.
If you were to google Eddie Evans my name pops up at the top on the first page, usually. At one time for Los Angeles Internet searches for blood, death, suicide, and unattended death, my web pages popped up on top. Then I learned it did'nt matter how well I advertised in Los Angeles County. People in need of my services did not call me.
It took six months to receive my first telephone call from someone in need of a Los Angeles biohazard cleanup following a suicide. They found me on the Internet. This one time coroner's employees did not send a caller to one of their own companies. So they, an apartment complex, found me. In ten years it's been the same. When I do receive a call from someone in Los Angeles County, its for an apartment biohazard cleanup. Not to complain, but these calls do not generate much income; insurance company related biohazard cleanup calls do not reach me; not in Los Angeles county and not in Orange County do I receive insurance related telephone calls.
Readers should not that there really are not that many biohazard cleanup companies in Los Angeles. Find me on the Internet today and you can see that I have a pretty good advertising footprint. It makes sense that I should receive more telephone calls. At present I receive about one every two months from Los Angeles County. This tells me someone else gets many calls, and most likely from county employee related biohazard cleanup companies.
Nothing could be farther from the truth. The truth is that I receive less than one biohazard cleanup job per year in Orange County from my Internet presence; hence, I wrote Orange County Fraud to help Orange County families victimized by county employees.
Now, I use the same and similar logic for Los Angeles County, only here I have far fewer web pages, which I intend to change soon. About five years ago I had a commanding footprint in Los Angeles County, but received very few telephone calls from Los Angeles County. Those I did receive were for small apartment blood cleanup type work; never did I receive major blood cleanup opportunities covered by insurance. Let me go a step further; never did I receive an opportunity to bid against other Los Angeles County biohazard cleanup companies; nothing has changed.
Sewage cleanup does not qualify as biohazard cleanup. It does qualify as infectious cleanup, though. Feces, urine, and other constituents of sewage must contain human blood to qualify as biohazards, strictly speaking. Of course, for most people, sewage qualifies as a "biohazard" because of its contents and it attracts flying and water-borne insects and germs.
So, for our purposes, sewage contains weak to powerful, infectious substances and microorganisms. Beginning in ancient Greek days and even before, humanity understood something in sewage created bad medicine because its presence meant disease and death. So now, sewage cleanup in Los Angeles County takes on a sense of urgency because of our population density and health department oversight.
HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C create our most risky bloodborne pathogens. For professional biohazard cleanup practitioners, working with patience and attention to details provides the greatest protections from these threats. There's more to cleaning in infectious environments than bloodborne pathogens. There's infectious microorganisms from homes occupied by drug addicts and hoarders. Sometimes death cleanup takes place in filth houses soiled by feces, humand and otherwise.
Infectious waste may or may not constitute biohazardous material. Again, following the definition given to us by the United States Center for Disease Control, to qualify as biohazards and infectious waste must have human blood and/or human tissues having contact with human fluids related to blood. Sometimes the confusion arises because people are so quick to use the term biohazard. Often times people will confuse human poop with a biohazard. I have even seen employees of a biohazard cleanup company referred to feces from a dog as "biohazard." I did not say anything. See my comment about E-Coli.
I must qualify my overall statements in case I generalize too much, dangerously.
To wit: All biohazardous waste is infectious, but not all infectious waste is biohazardous; human blood we consider biohazardous and human feces we consider infectious. (return)
Health care workers routinely come into contact with both infectious waste and biohazardous waste. Most definitions concur that the following wastes should be classified as infectious waste: sharps (i.e., needles, scalpels, broken glass and more), laboratory cultures and stocks. Of course blood and blood products, pathological wastes, and wastes generated from patients in isolation because they are known to have an infectious disease.
Medical waste may include infectious waste. Keep in mind that different people acting out different roles come in contact with and have responsibility various types of medical waste. Doctors, nurses, biological researchers, clerical staff, janitorial staff, kitchen staff, and others all have contact with different sorts of solid waste. At one time people were known to label everything they throughout the hospital as medical waste. In those days no real issue arose around mislabeling waste products.
On the one hand, clerical staff will have contact with papers that include patient information and invoices. Personnel office workers will have contact with staff personnel records and such. Even cafeteria workers will have contact with waste from the food processing process. So in the widest sense we might call these forms of waste "medical waste" even though we know that constitutes solid waste. We place solid waste in a landfill as-is.
Most often we include medical waste in a more narrow category that includes materials contaminated or possibly contaminated by pathogens. These pathogens may include human blood and other human tissues. So of course in an operating room objects and materials treated as waste materials become biohazardous waste. This is a more hefty category of infectious waste. Then we mean by infectious waste materials contaminated by pathogens, and not biohazardous waste. Infectious wastes can be treated (disinfected or sterilized) by thermal or chemical means prior to disposal. So to can biohazardous waste treatment with thermal or chemical means disinfect pathogens -- germs.
Just the same, we must not get caught up in misunderstanding these terms and hospitals. For example, bedding and nightgowns for patients earns the title of "infectious waste" when you are in or fecal matter soils these materials. When blood soils these materials they become biohazardous waste. In either case, heavy laundering and a hot tub of water and soap with bleach will in most cases render these materials safe from infectious were biohazardous pathogens.
Since infectious waste may not include human blood in all situations, what sort an illnesses, diseases will infectious waste transmit to human beings? This is where human feces does become infectious in our terms of disease transmission and virulence. After some 28 days human feces, I have been told, becomes an inert. It is the same with other feces, spat, kaka, poop, shit, crap. Given the conditions we find that human feces causes plagues like cholera.
Often enough I receive telephone calls from Los Angeles County families who have mistaken feces for biohazardous material. Feces does qualify as an infectious biowaste, but by strict definition, fails as a biohazard. It's enough thought that these families have legitimate concerns about feces and its potential for releasing havoc, especially in Los Angeles County's Latin American population.
Sometimes referred to as "Montezuma's revenge" or "travelers diarrhea," food and waterborne germs find their way into our intestinal tracts. E-Coli, Escherchea coli, diarrhea has a large place among these troublesome intestinal tract illnesses. They become lethal given the right conditions. So lethal do they become among babies and elderly people that intensive medical measures must follow infection.
With a fatality rate of up to 40%, we know too well that hospital nurseries and nursing homes must receive extraordinary cleaning and care. A major setback with fighting this monstrous microorganism arises because there are no known, specific treatments for E-coli infections. Fluids and electrolyte fluids by mouth or intravenously are recommended. Nonabsorbent antibiotics become weapons of choice against diarrhea's effects on our bodies. Otherwise, remaining healthy and aware of infectious foods, water, and other conditions remains our best defense.
It's OK to use your toilet for sending blood to our sanitary se war. In fact, there's no better place to send blood these days. Sewage water dilutes blood and reducing its infectiousness. Microorganisms in sewage water feast on blood's contents. And finally, our sewage plants render any remaining blood inert, if blood somehow does reach these plants. When I practice at a Los Angeles homicide cleanup, Los Angeles suicide cleanup, Los Angeles unattended death cleanup, I make every effort to send blood down the sanitary sewer. I know before I start work what I intend to do and how I intend to do it. When I cannot cause blood and OPIM to enter a Los Angeles sanitary sewer lines, then I try to deactivate microorganisms within blood soiled materials. Only then do I remove these materials to a landfill or my freezer, depending upon their final contents.
How do I know that bloodborne pathogens no longer exist in blood soiled materials I've treated? It's easy. Nothing can exist in what I've treated because I create a caustic soup in which life as we know it cannot exist.
"No evidence indicates that bloodborne diseases have been transmitted from contact with raw or treated sewage. Many bloodborne pathogens, particularly bloodborne viruses, are not stable in the environment for long periods of time"
It's the diluting, deactivating power that destroys bloodborne pathogens as blood goes down toilets and sinks we seek. By the time these blood broths mix with raw sewage, blood's biohazards become inert - - dead. Most states regulate how much blood we can place in toilets and sinks. This usually applies to large Los Angeles institutions like surgical hospitals, morgues, mortuaries, and other bulk blood discharges. Biohazard cleanup rarely releases an appreciable amount of blood when done in Los Angeles County.
After cleaning a number of multiple suicides and homicides, I find most blood and OPIM has dried out in any case. This occurs because law enforcement has its duties to investigate cause of death and to look for clues.
Multiple homicides and suicides will not surpass regulated amounts of blood discharges to sanitary sewers, but checking with local EPA and health departments might not be a bad idea.
Septic tanks destroy bloodborne pathogens because of dilution and enzymes used to dissolve and consume feces and urine. It's important to check with a septic tank's manufacture if you have any doubts. Again, we need to place a lot of blood into a sewer before its presence overwhelms sewage digestive properties.
For professional biohazard cleanup waste pickup, Stericycle offers coast-to-coast service. Stericycle also picks up medical waste.
During a crime scene cleanup disinfecting from the beginning of work to the end of work helps to destroy bloodborne pathogens.
Regulated waste is any of the following:
- – Wet, moist, dried flaky blood and OPIM
- – Materials soiled by blood or OPIM which release blood when pressed on.
- – Objects contaminated by blood or OPIM and release these when handled.
- – Sharp objects, include syringes, broken glass, knives, forks, scissors.
- – Anatomical wastes and other laboratory matter containing blood or OPIM.
If we were to take a poll of biologists asking which theory of existence explains most clearly and distinctly the origin of species, evolution by natural selection would receive the most nods of approval. Since we live in the United States, contentious theories of existence follow ideological paths. So biohazards' existence becomes more difficult to explain.
If we take the evolution by natural selection approach to explaining biohazardous microorganisms, then we say "process" as a big word to consider. If we take a more ideological approach, say the fundamentalist Christian or fundamentalist Moslem approach, than we say, "creation" in an instant to consider. Here I will avoid the ideological approach for brevity and to avoid confusion. I want only to consider evolution by natural selection as our source of biohazards. This type of theory does not help conclude biohazard cleanup, but it does show why biohazard cleanup ought to follow thorough cleaning guidelines.