Proper Blood Waste Disposal: Methods and Best Practices

Exposure to blood is not ideal in any situation, least of all when there is a chance of contamination. Bloodborne pathogens can pose a severe threat to the health of anyone who comes into contact with them and can lead to illness and even death. This is one of the main reasons why companies like Aftercare step in to take control of situations where contaminants may be present. Our work in Norfolk brings us into contact with all manner of potentially dangerous substances, and we take the role of removing and disposing of them very seriously as required. Read on to discover how a fully licensed, trained company of experts deals with the presence of blood at any location and the steps they take to nullify the risk and remove the hazardous material. 

Is blood a biohazard?

As with all things, a certain level of common sense is required, but any significant blood waste should be considered a biohazard. Cleaning up after a childhood nosebleed does not require excessive measures and protective material; however, any professional cleanup experts will assume all blood they encounter to be hazardous and behave accordingly. 

Human blood, its components, and any products made of human blood can contain a wide range of transmittable diseases, including:

  • HIV
  • Hepatitis
  • MRSA

This is why a policy of ‘better safe than sorry’ is crucial when it comes to blood waste collection and disposal. 

Collecting biological, clinical, GMO, and biosecurity waste

Any materials that fall under the category of biosecurity waste must be collected and contained effectively, then disposed of as stated by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. Any professional cleanup company worth its salt, like Aftercare, will ensure technicians have all the personal protection and equipment required to do the job safely and efficiently. Outside parties are not permitted to contaminate the scene further, putting themselves at risk or cross-contaminating other areas. 

Bulk liquids may be collected in leak-proof containers and removed from the scene. The liquid must then be decontaminated before it can be discharged into the sewer system. 

Incineration

Blood waste that cannot be handled in this way will often be incinerated, especially if it is soaked into porous materials, including:

  • Gauze
  • Clothing and gloves
  • Bedding and mattresses
  • Sofas
  • Floorboards

Special dispensations are also made for blood in capsules, syringes, or residue on sharp implements like scalpels. All these are considered biohazards and must be handled accordingly. 

Autoclave

Biological waste must be rendered non-viable before disposal, which often involves using an autoclave. An autoclave is a machine that uses pressurized steam to kill viruses, harmful bacteria, and fungi or spores. It is highly effective at this function and has been the preferred method for tattoo artists to sterilize their equipment for many years. Once exposed to an autoclave process, objects can be considered entirely safe and returned to their original location if required. Alternatively, they are now deemed safe to be disposed of using traditional methods. 

Alternative methods

Some less popular but equally effective methods of decontaminating blood include: 

  • Bleaching
  • Microwave bombardment 
  • Irradiation

Why choose Aftercare for cleanup and remediation services?

All cleanup companies are not created equal, and this is not an area where it makes sense to take unnecessary risks or allow unqualified individuals to take control. As trained, licensed professionals with decades of collective experience in the industry, Aftercare is the company to turn to if you need the services of an extreme cleanup crew in Virginia or North Carolina. We are: 

  • Available 24/7 
  • Meticulous and unwavering in our attitude to safety
  • Fast, efficient, and thorough
  • Affordable and reasonably priced with no hidden fees
  • Respectful, compassionate, and discreet
  • Fully licensed and trained with staff undergoing regular refresher sessions and training courses
  • Constantly aware of technological advances and new techniques within the industry
  • Compliant with all state and federal regulations, monitoring any changes periodically 

Contact us

To learn more about our comprehensive range of cleanup services or if you have questions or comments, please contact the team today. Our qualified, experienced professionals will be happy to assist in any way possible and offer all the information, advice, and guidance you need. We pride ourselves on our ultimate discretion and respect at all times, and you can trust the Aftercare team to look after you in times of need.