As the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic ensues, many suffer from its unspoken effects. It is no doubt the pandemic has resulted in the decline of people’s mental health, with cases of depression and anxiety increasing since the first quarter of 2020. With that being said, the incidence of suicides increased. Not only that, but the number of people getting sick because of COVID calls for the need to always be on the lookout for sanitation and hygiene. This is where Biohazard cleaners come in.
What do they do?
Biohazard cleaners are responsible for cleaning up and sanitizing crime scenes or places that are heavily contaminated with biohazard waste. At least that’s the textbook definition of what they do. Biohazard cleaners do more than just clean up crime scenes or places where the tragedy occurred. Their work is much more versatile than you think. Depending on the company, biohazard cleaners also clean spaces that may have been infested by ticks, rodents, and other pests, and hoarder’s houses.
Biohazard cleaners are basically more than a CSI cleanup. They’re the people you run to when things get out of hand in terms of cleanliness. You can also get the help of tick control service providers.
The difference between regular cleaning service providers with biohazard cleaners is their protocol. Biohazard cleaners are more knowledgeable in handling toxic, chemical waste and biohazards wastes. Many people do not realize that when faced with a situation that involves biohazards like rotting meat from fridges and infestations, not only is it unpleasant but also perilous when you’re not equipped or knowledgeable enough in how to manage it.
The unsung heroes of the pandemic
Biohazard cleaners are much needed now more than ever. They are the unsung heroes of the pandemic. They clean up after every reported place with contamination; they are fearless, and they put their all into it. Being a biohazard cleaner isn’t just about cleaning. It takes a lot of strength and a non-squeamish personality to be dealing with potentially traumatic scenes that can either be gory or just gross.
Although biohazard cleaners have been around for decades, their services are underrated in the grand scheme of things, as it is a pretty niche profession. However, because of some social media platforms like TikTok where anyone can share anything they want, some have been filming their day in life as a biohazard cleaner to spread awareness. These videos have content warnings for the squeamish and often just rooms or places that are filthy. But for some, seeing these people clean the filthiest places is satisfying.
Biohazard cleaners are often called trauma cleaners because of their line of work, but sometimes their services don’t even involve some kind of trauma. They are also the same people that clean after labs, or rooms, or houses that have had contamination. For example, home quarantine is common for people who have mild symptoms of COVID.
Some of these people live in shared buildings and homes. To prevent contamination, they may call up these biohazard cleaners for routine disinfection. Apart from that, you can often see these people work in quarantine facilities or hospitals too.
They also do some wholesome work
People in this line of work don’t always get something gruesome, sometimes they also get calls to clean up hoarder homes or the homes of the elderly. Sometimes their customers aren’t necessarily even those mentioned before. With the increasing cases of depression, they also get a good number of calls for depression houses. It’s difficult to look after your house and your hygiene during intense bouts of a depressive episode and most of the time it can be embarrassing to seek help, especially when things have gotten out of hand.
But some biohazard cleanup companies or even people that offer cleaning services are happy with what they do and create a welcoming environment that makes these types of clients comfortable. For many, service providers that create a safe space for people who struggle can have a meaningful impact on these people in need of help. It sends a message that while there is chaos going on, it is temporary and can be turned around.
People who work in this industry are like any other frontline worker, they expose themselves to something that can be potentially traumatic or infectious to protect the lives of others or to even help make a meaningful impact in other’s lives. The work they do may be overlooked as it is something covert, but they are equally important as any other over professions that help maintain the safety of people during the pandemic.