Anyone who has had any interaction with a crime scene can agree on one thing, it is not a pleasant experience. Forensic Cleaning technicians have to deal with cramped spaces, horrid odours and years of accumulated dirt and grime on a daily basis. But how often are they dealing with cleaning up bio hazardous materials? For the emotionally stable and brave people who have chosen forensic cleaning as their profession, it is daily.
Dane Beatty, director of Biohazard Trauma and Crime Scene Cleaning has said that when a death clean up is called in, generally from either the property owner or family, the closest team of biohazard technicians are sent to the site and get down to work.
“The cleaners go through some procedural stuff on-site and before entering the scene. He looks at what he’s dealing with, gives an estimate on how long it will take, puts on his PPE (personal protective equipment) gets down to it.”
Like any other service vehicle, the forensic cleaning van is outfitted with an array of specialised equipment and machinery. Hazmat suits, scrub brushes, respirators, ozone generators and air scrubbers line the beds of these trucks. Anything that gets in contact with blood is thrown away as biohazard. An ozone machine – which is odour control for decomposition – goes from site to site.
Although it has been romanticised on television shows like CSI and Mr and Mrs Murder, forensic cleaning is not a job for everyone, but sometimes it is the most unlikely people who are cut out for the job. People watch these shows on tv and fall for the romantic, fictional work they see.
“In reality, forensic cleaners don’t investigate anything”, said Beatty. “There is no crime solving or searching for evidence. Seeing a crime scene as a first responder is one thing but then going back later and getting down on your hands and knees to scrub it, touch it, smell it and feel it is a lot different. Sometimes it bothers them a lot more”.
Brisbane Crime Scene Cleaning provides affordable and compassionate crime scene and forensic cleaning across Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and the whole of Queensland and northern New South Wales. Our technicians are highly trained, logging thousands of hours of cleaning each year, yet never forget the human factor.
We understand our services are much more than cleaning. Restoring a home is the first step to assist family members and loved ones deal with the tragedy that brought us there. Our crime scene cleanup service incorporates proper cleaning, application of appropriate yet safe disinfectants, and legal biohazard disposal, following any serious trauma or death. Our trained technicians will respond quickly to your home or business in unmarked vehicles 24 hours a day.