Biohazardous Situations on our Salem Streets
Let’s face it, today more than ever, we are faced with more bio-hazardous situations when we go out into public than even 5 years ago. Downtown Salem is very hard to navigate at times, and we have all come across bio-hazardous items on the street downtown.
What are the bio-hazardous items that might be dangerous that you have encountered?
For an example, any area that smells of urine is a telltale sign that the area is contaminated. It’s difficult to determine where urine is without a product to spray and identify the areas affected…so tread carefully. As a precautionary measure you can wash your shoes if you suspect you have walked in a urine contaminated space.
Fecal matter is also a common bio-hazardous item that unfortunately has become a common thing to stumble across when out and about in downtown Salem, this is an extremely hazardous occurrence and should be reported and cleaned up by professionals immediately. Don’t try to clean fecal matter up yourself, it’s much different from picking up poop with a doggy poop bag. It’s better to report it, and have a professional pick it up and decontaminate the area.
Any food items that have been half-eaten and discarded, and beverages that have been partially-drank and discarded, can easily have Bio-Hazardous materials on them from the saliva of the person last drinking and eating them (granted they are not as hazardous as fecal matter, but still should be avoided) if you choose to pick up and discard these items, make sure to clean your hands properly after handling them.
Needles, Sharp Objects, and Syringes. These should be avoided at all costs. If you see any syringe, needle, or sharp element, report it immediately. Do not attempt to pick up the item and discard it yourself. Precautions are in place for our technicians that are assigned with such a task for a reason, you can never be too careful when it comes to something that might be contaminated and can easily penetrate the human skin.
Bottom line, be aware and be careful when out and about. We look forward to the day that our streets are free from fecal matter and urine and garbage, but no one knows when that may happen. No one knows when a solution will be sourced, and until that day…take extra care when out and about. Carry hand wipes (disposable gloves if you regularly pick up garbage) and hand sanitizer. We will be able to enjoy the clean streets of downtown Salem again, but until that day, better safety measures should be taken.
Trauma & Crime
At SERVPRO of Salem West we encounter many jobs that are difficult. Some of the most sensitive in nature are our trauma & crime scene cleanup jobs. Our trauma jobs usually involve Blood-borne pathogens or bodily fluids. These scenes can often include cleaning up after Crimes, Violence, Domestic Disputes, Accidental Injuries, or Suicides.
No one likes to talk about subjects like this…
Yet they happen within our community, and cleaning up after such an event is a much needed service. So much so, that SERVPRO has multiple Project Mangers IICRC-certified to perform and supervise the cleaning of such jobs.
These are the jobs that we can’t make it "Like it never even happened.”
What we can do, is take the burden and responsibility of cleaning up after such a happening, off of the property owner, business owner, or family, who has most likely already been through a great deal of trauma and stress. We can help them put their space back together.
Cleaning up blood or bodily fluids is a job that requires professionalism, focus, and emotional strength.
That is why we at SERVPRO of Salem West never make it mandatory that our technicians respond to such a loss if they choose not to. We have a wonderful Bio-Hazard crew that knows what a delicate and important job the cleanup of a blood-borne pathogen is. They take that job as an act of service and as something that they can be proud of, because it is a true service to people.
SERVPRO of Salem West is always available to serve our community and the people and businesses within it. Even in the toughest times imaginable…we can be reached 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and we are here to help.
Bio-Hazard Cleanup in Salem, Oregon
Taking care of our clients is what we do. Thank you Lorenzo for being a great team member!
Being a professional cleaning company requires an attitude of service. The entire team is responsible for safety as it is the first item on the checklist to review. Some job sites, require teams members to were specific safety equipment to protect themselves from jobsite hazards. In the photo our technician was performing bio-hazard cleanup in an apartment complex located in Salem, Oregon. From trauma scene, sewage back-up and decaying animals in the crawlspace, we can help you get it cleaned. All services are performed by trained technicians who are skilled at the work they do. You can reach us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year. Call us at (503) 393-9999 or reach us through email office@SERVPRO8603.com and we will be there for you.