Crime scenes are something most of us associate with our favourite TV drama or detective show. From Sherlock and Silent Witness to Law and Order, and CSI, they draw in a wide viewership. However, viewers may rarely consider how in ‘real-life’ these sites are cleaned once the evidence has been collected, bagged, tagged and removed.
For Rentokil Specialist Hygiene experts, these unsettling scenes are just part of the day job. Many people may think that the emergency services are responsible for trauma clean-ups for example following a murder or a road-traffic accident. In fact, it is generally the responsibility of the property or land owner to ensure the affected area is returned to a functional state - and it’s trauma site consultants like ours who attend accidents and crime scenes to assess the required cleaning solution.
This is a job that requires a high degree of humanity, and the ability to emotionally detach. In these often-troubling scenarios, being safe in the knowledge that a professional cleaning service is available to co-ordinate the clean-up operation can provide some small amount of comfort.
Specialist Cleaning Techniques
It’s imperative that trauma and crime scene cleaning operations are carried out efficiently, safely, and above all – by professionals. Specialist hygiene operations require technicians with the right practical skills to ensure the safe cleaning of a trauma site. There are also very clear personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements, to help protect the health and safety of technicians.
As well as PPE, specialist equipment is required to reduce the risk of infection and return the area back to its original state in a timely manner. Technicians must have access to the best technology for the job in question, including highly effective disinfection processes such as Ultra Low Volume (ULV) fogging.
Studies have shown that fogging reduces the number of pathogens present when compared to manual surface cleaning alone. ULV fogging produces micro-droplets of disinfectant that remain in the air for around 10 minutes after application. Dispersing these micro-droplets into the air means the solution can reach areas that might not otherwise be accessed by conventional methods. Using advanced disinfection techniques ensures that the affected area can be safely restored.
This type of fogging service can also include CleanScent technology. There are a range of fragrances on offer - including cherry blossom and fresh citrus scents - which help to eliminate foul odours.
Don’t Attempt The Clean-up Yourself
Strict guidelines and legislation are in place when it comes to the cleaning of trauma scenes and hazardous waste disposal. Regardless of the circumstances, it would be unwise to attempt to clean up these sites yourself. In addition to spot-cleaning, trauma sites often require large-scale disinfection, to remove the risk of microbial activity. Viruses such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV are all transferred via bodily fluid, so the thorough treatment of potentially contaminated areas is essential.
Rentokil Specialist Hygiene technicians receive accredited training, so they are up to date with the most effective cleaning practices, processes and safety standards. Our Restore24 service provides a 24-7 expert disinfection response that will ensure the area is safe, free from infection and that all hazardous materials are disposed of rapidly. Our specialist technicians operate on an emergency call out rota and have the reach to provide a responsive service to any UK site.