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Examples of Biohazard

3/8/2021 (Permalink)

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Biohazard is an umbrella term for biological materials that are a threat to living organisms. If you come into contact, biohazards can pose serious harm. Not just to you, but anyone who frequents your home or commercial property. Some people may not know everything that the word biohazard encompasses and how to clean it up or that there are levels of biohazard, each one presenting different threats.

Examples of Biohazard

There are different kinds of biohazard and we hope these examples will never present themselves to you.

Blood: This includes anything that has come into contact with blood, or other bodily fluids. Bloodborne pathogens and fluids can lead to disease if they come into contact with someone.

Animal waste: This is especially true if the animal is sick in anyway.

Microbiological waste: Most commonly found in laboratory settings, examples include culture dishes and discarded viruses.

Medical waste: Needles, glass slides, and scalpels are called sharps waste.

Levels of Biohazard

There are numerous levels of biohazard, four to be exact, with different threats. Level one includes E. Coli, Bacillus subtilis, and more. These materials are just a minimal threat to people and the environment. Level two includes HIV, Hepatitis B, and Salmonella. These have the possibility to make people extremely sick. Level two biohazards are contracted through contact with any infected materials or items. Level three includes tuberculosis and other airborne pathogens. They expose people to serious illnesses. Level four biohazards pose the highest threat levels. The diseases they cause have no treatments, and could even be life threatening. This includes the Ebola and Lassa viruses. For threats of this nature it is recommended to contact your nearest EPA office for help.

What Do You Do About Them

If you experience a biohazard exposure on your Southwest Washington property it needs to be cleaned immediately, but most levels require specialty cleaning services. That’s when you call SERVPRO of Vancouver/ Clark County (360) 254-0049. We comply with health regulations and possess all of the equipment needed for safe disposal. We will decontaminate your building in the event of trauma, chemical spills, sewage backups, hoarding, and more. When it comes to biohazard, the substances must be cleaned up properly to prevent serious health risks.

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