I do biohazard cleanup throughout California. I cover the entire state because county coroners, medical examiner, employees have a monopoly over biohazard cleanup. They keep this monopoly by their official business. They meet families in need of biohazard cleanup before these families use the Internet for help.
On this web page as many others, I begin to write in broader terms than found on my homicide, suicide, and unattended death pages.
I share biohazd cleanup information. I also make clear that biohazard cleanup is a much broader term than crime scene cleanup. Crime scene cleanup has a commercial, a noteriety in popular culture. Biohazard cleanup has a more specific and meaningful connotation.
Airborne Biohazards - Bloodborne Pathogens - Industrial Accidents - What Are Bacteria? - Is human poop, feces a biohazard?
Page Menu - Biohazard Defined
The term biohazard has specific and broad uses. It's a matter of time, place, and a person's intentions for this word. Most specifically, a biohazard cleanup will apply to the cleanup of human fluids. An accident, homicide, suicide, unattended death, or even a human decomposition require a biohazard cleanup. This usage applies biohazard in a very narrow use to the follow idea: blood and other potentially infectious materials (OPIM).
As used on this page, biohazard relates specifically to bloodborne pathogens as defined by the Center for Disease Control, Atlanta, Georgia. The Center says that "Human blood exist as biohazards anywhere, anytime."
So these days we consider all humans blood spills or discharges as biohazard requiring a biohazard cleanup.
The Center for Disease Control places this specific meaning on human biohazards. The Center for Disease Control researchers, scientists, know that many types of biohazard exist in our world. They do not all threaten human beings directly. Most biohazards threaten other species. This means that all life has a bunch of biohazards. Each has its own way to practice biohazard cleanup, naturally; if each did not have a biohazard cleanup practice, they could not exist.
Because of biohazards discovered in human blood, the Center for Disease Control says that "any human blood," by default, contains bloodborne pathogens capable of carrying diseases. We now use biohazard cleanup protocols (rules) for working with or near human blood. Not only human blood comes under these now strict rules, but human tissues and fluids in any way soiled by or connected to human blood.
I say, "connected to" because human blood's consistency, what keeps it together as one substance, creates a tissue-like, semi-fluid liquid at times. In any case, blood has a cascading molecule. The cascading molecule gives blood its connective quality. It also accounts for blood's coagulation once in the open air. In fact, once a large discharge of blood dries it may become flaky; we call this dry flaky blood a bloodborne pathogen because it may become airborne.
During biohazard cleanup this coagulated blood sticks tightly to clothing, floors, furniture, and other stuff.
Airborne Biohazards - Bloodborne Pathogens
An airborne biohazard like dry flaky blood has a potential to inoculate humans. Landing on an eye, becoming inhaled, or even making its way into an open would becomes cause for an emergency room visit.
Dry flaky blood becomes airborne in any number of ways. Accidentally causing a gush of wind may cause dry flaky blood to float about. Dropping a tool or even a coin will cause at least a puff of dry blood to rise.
Industrial accidents have the greatest number of airborne blood contamination. A severed limb may spray blood into the air near others; blood once in the air may spray in tiny droplets as fans and air movers go about their daily ventilation.
An industrial accident may occur outdoors, which gives those in the area a break. Most known bloodborne pathogens, biohazards, cannot survive in the Sun. Ultraviolet rays from the Sun's many light rays kills germs, pathogens. Also, aeration from exposure to the open environment destroy germs' habitat, their place of survival.
Blood becomes mixed in food, processing equipment, tools, machines, and even money.
On one Los Angeles, California biohazard cleanup, I cleaned blood from a US Mint conveyer belt. The belt served as a conveyer to move paper money to a shredding machine. Mint employees poured a large, white, canvas bag's contents onto the belt as it moved. Before they could stop the machine, hundreds of pounds of blood soiled money soiled the shredder and remaining money. Work stopped.
Because I'm fairly local to Los Angeles and ready to work, I responded. There I doned a half-face respirator, googles, long rubber goves reaching my elbows, and went to work. Because of the machinery's importance and need to avoid corrosion, I avoided bleach. I did use pine sol as my primary cleaning solution. After hours of work and the work completed, I made my way out. Biohazard cleanup probably does not receive so much attention from bystanders anywhere else like a mint. Looks watched my work through windows, windows about 4 feet off the ground and 8 feet high. These windows were in every wall.
Nature's Biohazard Defenses
The March 5, 2013 issue of Scientific American presented an article on clanger cicada.
I must ask this question to point out how nature gives biohazard cleanup a living helper.
We ought to find natural cleaning agents instead of the caustic chemicals that we do us. Our cleaning solutions become biohazards for microorganisms. Some of these we call "good germs" and some we call bad germs. One day we'll have what we need for biohazard cleanup when we need it.
For the moment, common household bleach appears to have the best biohazard reduction formula.
What are Bacteria?
A biohazard cleanup practitioner must ask that big question, just what are bacteria? By the naked eye we can see something is going on in grand fashion, but we cannot really tell what's going on as we might with a microscope and the knowledge of Koch's separation of bacteria species. With a microscope we discover not only the many colors that bacteria share with observable nature, we discover that geometry plays a big role in the shape of bacteria.
The shape of bacteria could be little else than it is at present. It came to exist in his many varieties and forms because what it reflects now is what works best for it under certain conditions. And even though these conditions may no longer exist, bacteria continue to thrive as they watch that under their original incubating conditions.
Some bacteria are shaped like pool balls. Some have the shape of a lead pencil newly sharpened. Then there's funny little corkscrew like bacteria screen their way through water under the microscope. Spirals, rod like shapes, and even those circular spear so common to our universe find a place in the world of bacteria.
The size of bacteria we find from 0.25 u to 1.5 u (0.000012 to 0.00006 inches). Such sizes are hard to imagine compared to the sizes we find in the universe when it comes to researching celestial bodies. Even our own son will contain 1 million earths. Imagine the size of the earth and the sign and then imagine the size of the tiniest bacteria.
When it comes to biohazard clean up during suicide cleanup, we must keep in mind that we do live in a world of bacteria even though we may not see them were certain, we will often smell the bacteria's gas before we reach their final resting place.
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Is human poop, feces a biohazard?
Both "yes" and "no." Feces, poop, kaka, become biohazards when it contains human blood. So poop cleanup becomes a biohazard cleanup any time someone cleans after a bloody feces discharge. Does this mean that an infant's dirty diaper becomes a biohazard?
An infant's diaper change becomes a biohazard cleanup whenever said infant has blood in its feces. Does such a diaper change require a professional biohazard cleanup practitioner? No. If it did we could not run our society as we do.
The same reasoning applies to femail napkins, feminime napkins like Kotex. Although they contain human blood, we do not require a biohazard cleanup practitioner to clean after their use. Imagine the size of cleaning in a High School girls' gym or university.
Then imagine a US Navy Submarine. How would the captain of such a boat have biohazard cleanup for his female sailor's femanine napkins? Then imagine an aircraft carrier!
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