Restoring your premises after a traumatic situation

It can be extremely difficult to know how to manage the aftermath of a traumatic incident or accident on your premises, and what to do next. The most important thing is to get emergency services on site quickly and ensure you make their job as easy as possible. 

The clean-up of a trauma incident often involves highly unsettling and often hazardous situations; ranging from the aftermath of a suicide or road traffic accident, to the scene of a murder. That’s why it’s important to bring in the help of specialist trauma site cleaners who are trained to be able to safely handle the unique challenges of these scenarios using a variety of cleaning techniques.

 

A specialist operation

In the wake of a traumatic situation, it’s unlikely that your first thought is going to be “how will I clean this up?” A common misconception is that the emergency services will organise the clean-up of an incident or crime scene once the trauma has been managed. In actual fact it is the responsibility of the property or premises owner to ensure the area is returned to its original state. 

The emergency services have lifesaving priorities and passers-by or witnesses to any incident will understandably have other concerns. However, with the potential for blood or other bio-hazardous waste to be exposed, it is important to respond to these situations rapidly. Any bodily fluids that remain from an incident could be a potential infection risk for viruses such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV. 

Rentokil Specialist Hygiene technicians undergo an extensive training programme, accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health, during which they learn how to carry out trauma cleaning and disinfection, both effectively and discreetly. Our technicians also know how distressing an experience for all involved in a traumatic incident can be, so are dedicated to carrying out their jobs with the upmost professionalism and compassion.

Our technicians are also educated on strict guidelines and legislation around the removal of waste from crime and trauma scenes. There are very clear personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements to help protect the health and safety of technicians during such work. This includes 

safety boots, puncture resistant trousers to avoid needlestick and sharps injuries, or potentially a full white suit with safety glasses, mask, gloves and shoe covers. When our technicians arrive on site, they will do an immediate assessment to determine the right level and type of cleaning needed.

 

Tools of the trade

Specialist cleaners have a range of tools available to quickly and safely restore a site to its original state. Ultra Low Volume (ULV) fogging, for example, produces micro-droplets of disinfectant and biocides that float in the air for around 10 minutes after application. Dispersing these micro-droplets into the air means the applied solution can reach areas that might not otherwise be covered by conventional methods. Using these kinds of advanced decontamination techniques ensures that the entire area affected can be safely and quickly disinfected. 

This type of fogging service can also include CleanScent technology which ensures that the area smells clean as well.

Final words

Hopefully you will never require the services of a trauma cleaning team, but if you do find yourself in need, it’s important to know who to call and when. Our first-rate technicians are equipped to deal with the complexities of any situation and are committed to ensuring the safety of any environment they step into. What’s more, our specialist disinfection package, Restore24, is available 24/7, so we’ll always be available in your time of need.