Vehicle Biohazard Situations – To Remediate or Not to Remediate?

Unfortunately, automobiles are a common place for serious accidents, related trauma and may impact residents in Victoria, Cowichan, Duncan, Nanaimo, Parksville, Qualicum, Courtenay, Comox, Campbell River, and Port Alberni.

Having your vehicle properly cleaned and decontaminated is critical when contaminates, and other bodily fluids have been left behind after a vehicle crash

The process of properly cleaning a vehicle can be as simple as high-temperature steam cleaning of the fabrics or, as complex as, disassembling the interior and replacing numerous vehicle components. Each job is unique and must be evaluated by a properly trained biohazard technician before the extent of damage can be determined. Auto insurance will typically cover the cost of cleaning as well as replacement of damaged components.

It is important that you look for biohazard remediation and decontamination service that will provide onsite inspection, measurement of biohazards, and cost-effective service options to salvage, clean & decontaminate.

Vehicle biohazard situations can vary widely, from simple to complex. Some cleanups involve vehicle break-ins, where a careless criminal was injured during the crime.  This may require the removal of needles, drugs, in addition to blood, other bodily fluids, and biohazards. In cases involving suicides or accidents with injuries, damage to the interior can be more widespread.

Sometimes the cost of cleaning ends up being higher than the value of the vehicle. Look for a service that will work with the client to determine cost-effective salvage options.  You do not want to pay for services that ultimately not be effective.

In addition to the detailed vehicle inspection, determine if the biohazard service will perform an ATP (adenosine triphosphate) test on affected surfaces to determine the contamination level. This procedure employs a hand-held device and swabs to test the presence of ATP enzymes that are present in all organic matter – living or once living – including blood, saliva, and bacteria. Test results of biohazard contamination levels are instant.

Depending on the severity and location of the biohazards, you want a biohazard service that will make recommendations on remediation options.  These options may include:

1. Onsite cleaning and HEPA vacuum of biohazardous material, safe removal and disposal of all biohazardous materials, and complete chemical decontamination of the vehicle that will neutralize up to 99.99999% of all biohazards.

2. Onsite cleaning, HEPA vacuum of biohazardous materials, safe removal and disposal of all biohazardous materials, complete chemical decontamination of the vehicle that will neutralize up to 99.99999% of all biohazards, and recommendations on the removal of severely contaminated items that are not salvageable.

Determine if your biohazard service will provide an optional, second ATP testing after cleaning and chemical decontamination is available when required.

Also, ascertain if your biohazard service will provide you with a Certified Vehicle Remediation Report provided upon completion of the decontamination service.

Pacific Decontamination Services provides all these services and more.

Pacific Decontamination Services uses the world’s strongest, most effective and safe antimicrobial disinfectant, deodorization and chemical decontaminate. Our professional application will eliminate up to 99.99999% of any biohazard, allergen, germ, bacteria or fungus that it touches. AND as powerful as it is, it is also completely safe.

What do you do next? How do you solve the challenge of biohazard remediation and cleaning?

Call Pacific Decontamination Services at 778-269-0208 or email us!

Serving All of Vancouver Island: Victoria, Cowichan, Duncan, Nanaimo, Parksville, Qualicum, Courtenay, Comox, Campbell River, and Port Alberni.