Bio Hazard Response

Enviro Hazmat ER Inc., responds to incidents requiring the decontamination and disposal of bio-hazardous materials. Such incidents can include crime scenes, trauma scenes, animal feces/debris, industrial accidents or spills of bio-hazardous materials. Our Bio-hazard Emergency ResponseTeams (B.E.R.T.) have been trained in disease transmission prevention (DTP), and are Hazardous Materials Response certified.

All bio-hazard response personnel are outfitted with protective outerwear and breathing apparatus/respirators depending on incident conditions. Additionally, all members are required to be immunized against Hepatitis-B. Enviro Hazmat operating guidelines are designed to ensure effective protection against dangerous pathogenic species including HIV-1 (associated with AIDS) and the Hepatitis-B virus (HBA).

Enviro Hazmat responders have the capabilities, training and equipment to respond to all types of biological related incidents including: bird droppings, body fluids, sharps, biological agents and infectious substances. From on site neutralization to disinfection to mitigation and disposal; all can be performed to restore a site to a safe and healthy environment

A sampling of the client base requiring Enviro Hazmat Bio-hazard decontamination/removal includes: government agencies, property managers, private individuals and commercial companies.

The waste streams generated by biological discharges, should be separated into non-hazardous waste (trash), biohazardous waste, chemical waste, and radioactive waste. Biohazardous waste must be sterilized before or as a part of disposal if unable to contain and dispose of correctly.

General Definitions

1. Pathological Waste – This term refers to all recognizable human tissues and body parts except teeth which are removed during surgery, obstetrical procedures, autopsy, and laboratory procedures.

2. Biological Waste – This term means blood and blood products, exudates, secretions, suctioning, and other body fluids which contain free liquids and cannot be or are not directly discarded into a municipal sewer system.

3. Cultures and Stocks of Infectious Agents and Associated Biologicals – includes cultures from medical and pathological laboratories, cultures and stocks of infectious agents from research and industrial laboratories, wastes from the production of biologicals, discarded live and attenuated vaccines, and culture dishes and devices used to transfer, inoculate and mix cultures.

4. Contaminated Animal Carcasses – includes body parts, the bedding and other wastes from animals which are infected with or have been exposed to infectious agents capable of causing disease in humans.

5. Sharps – this term means any discarded article that may cause punctures or cuts. This waste includes, but is not limited to, items such as needles, IV tubing and syringes with needles attached, and scalpel blades.

6. Chemotherapy Waste -means any disposable material which has come in contact with cytotoxic/antineoplastic agents and/or antineoplastic agents during the preparation, handling, and administration of such agents. Such wastes include, but are not limited to, masks, gloves, gowns, empty IV tubing, bags and vials and other contaminated materials. The above wastes must first be classified as empty (a quantity remaining that is not subject to other federal or state waste management regulations) prior to being handled as biomedical waste.

7. Discarded Medical Equipment and Parts – not including expendable supplies and materials which have not been decontaminated, that were in contact with infectious agents.

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