Rapid Response and Emergency Clean-Up

While not necessarily front of mind, there are a variety of fairly common scenarios where the public could potentially be exposed to hazardous waste – from trauma scenes such as the aftermath of vehicle accidents or crimes, to something like a burst or flooded septic system. Speed is of the essence when dealing with an incident where hazardous materials such as chemicals or bodily fluids, which are capable of transmitting a range of viruses including Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV, need cleaning up.

It’s important to know that it is generally the responsibility of the landowner to clean up the hazardous waste in these scenarios, even when they are not at fault. So how can you ensure that your land is restored to its normal state, safely and quickly?

Seek professional help

It is of upmost importance that hazardous materials are cleaned up efficiently, but even more importantly, safely. Given most land and property owners are unlikely to have experience dealing with this type of clean up, it is always best to place this responsibility in professional hands.  

Some specialist cleaning techniques require the use of strong chemicals, in addition to any hazardous chemicals that are being cleaned up, so personal protective equipment (PPE) is always required to protect those carrying out the work.  

Rentokil Specialist Hygiene technicians receive accredited training, making sure they are up to date on effective cleaning practices, processes and health and safety standards. As you would expect there is strict legislation and guidelines surrounding hazardous waste disposal and cleaning. As a result, it would be unwise and unsafe to attempt to clean these sites yourself.  

Emergency disinfection services

Hazardous waste clean-ups are often required when you would least expect them, and with time of the essence, it can be necessary to find a professional cleaner at a moment’s notice. Rentokil Specialist Hygiene’s Restore24 is an emergency disinfection service designed to provide a fast and effective clean-up in response to a traumatic event or hazardous material incident. Available 24/7, specialist cleaning technicians are sent to the site, where they will utilise specialist skills and equipment to ensure that the required clean-up is both quick and effective.

One process that Technicians may make use of in such scenarios is a technique called Fogging. Fogging works by producing micro-droplets of disinfectant that float in the air for around 10 minutes. Studies have shown that application by aerosol significantly reduces the number of viable infectious pathogens, treating both the surface and the air at the same time. Compared to conventional cleaning techniques, Fogging provides a much faster clean up, while still guaranteeing that harmful pathogens are killed. After a disinfectant fog has been applied, a scented fog can also be used to eliminate bad odours and leave a fresh scent behind.

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.