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Legal, Safety and Environmental Considerations of Crime Scene Cleanup

The field of crime scene clean up is often practiced by companies that also perform blood, homicide, suicide, meth lab, odor removal and staph infection cleanups. The perils of improper crime scene clean up include legal, environmental and safety problems. Finding a company that will manage all of these perils can be difficult.

Beginning in 1969 Congress began legislating large-scale legislative frameworks such as the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act to address overwhelming problems of pollution and the contamination of lakes and rivers through our country. The development of the EPA accelerated the banning and regulation of the discharge of thousands of toxic or hazardous substances. Many states and municipalities follow suit in successful degrees to regulate local pollution emissions and demand that private individuals and businesses safely dispose of a bevy of chemicals and discharges.

As the field of medicine has expanded to understand more about the dangers of biohazardous substances, they have fallen into the realm of EPA regulation. These regulations apply to both disposal and transportation of these substances. It is important to find a cleanup company that understands and follows these guidelines because with EPA, problems of compliance roll back up hill to the generator of the substances. Accordingly, public agencies and private landowners have each become knowledgeable of the necessity to utilize the services of professional crime scene clean up companies to ensure that they do not suffer such exposure to unnecessary legal and liability problems.

Additionally, OSHA, has recognized the same issues of safety in work environments apply as that of disposal safety issues and EPA. OSHA has the power to fine employers that fail to properly train and safeguard their employees when dealing with biohazardous substances. Employers, such as hotels and apartment complexes rarely have employees properly trained and equipped to handle death and accident scenes that involve blood or other bodily fluids. Therefore it is imperative that they hire a crime scene company that does not have the proper training and follows OSHA guidelines when cleaning biohazards on their properties.

Last, most companies that would need a cleanup tend to see things as a cost analysis issue. Unfortunately for them and for the public, they forget to factor in the liability cost. If they are caught disposing of biohazardous substances improperly or an employee or client becomes sick as a result of improper cleaning or disposal, the liability can be in the millions. It is cheaper in the long run to just do it correctly and hire a professional company to handle any of the things falling under the heading of crime scene cleaning.

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Source by Jerry D. Turner