Many Tampa, Florida, business owners occasionally have to deal with a messy cleanup due to a vandalism, an accident, mold, or another problem. Office workers could be exposed to these hazards from a malfunctioning HVAC system, a disgruntled employee, or someone with health problems. Here are some of the first calls you should make to take care of messy cleanups at your business.
If there’s been a crime, like vandalism or a fight between two employees, always contact the police. If someone is injured, call an ambulance. Even if you decide it’s best not to pursue criminal charges against any perpetrators, a police report will provide an accurate record of the incident. Asking for medical help will keep any employees’ injuries from getting worse. You may have to enter a contaminated area before the police arrive to help an injured person or to shut off potentially dangerous machinery. However, you could destroy essential evidence at a crime scene or expose yourself to biohazardous materials.
Many severe, potentially life-threatening illnesses are transmitted from person to person through blood and other bodily fluids. These diseases include HIV, hepatitis, Zika virus, and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA. Before you enter the room, cover your shoes with plastic bags and wear gloves. You should be able to find vinyl or latex gloves in your company’s first aid kit. Don’t touch anything unless you don’t have any other options. When you leave the room, take off the bags and gloves and leave them there.
OSHA, the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration, regulates workplace safety to ensure healthy working conditions for all employees. All workplaces in the United States must comply with OSHA regulations. Since they can’t inspect every workplace every year, the department prioritizes checking businesses where there could be a safety problem, like improperly trained workers, inadequate protective clothing, or malfunctioning machinery.
All employers must report any workplace accidents to OSHA within 8 hours if they involve a fatality or within 24 hours if there are any work-related hospitalizations, amputations, or losses of an eye. If an inspection reveals problems or you fail to contact OSHA, they could issue citations or fines.
If you require employees to clean up a messy area, they could be exposed to dangerous bacteria, viruses, or mold spores that could lead to asthma and allergy symptoms. Looking at a dead body or cleaning up after a serious injury can also be extremely disturbing for people who aren’t properly trained. If one of your workers is injured or they suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder from participating in a cleanup, you could be responsible for legal damages.
Fortunately, you can keep your workers out of danger and remove all traces of vandalism or an accident by contacting a restoration service. ServiceMaster 24 Hour can clean your ductwork if you have mold and disinfect other areas. Pests like rats or cockroaches can live in ductwork as well. Some people are allergic to their droppings, they can carry diseases, and the smell of a dead animal in your ductwork could keep away customers and employees. Disinfecting and removing bodily fluids from an employee injury will help your business get back to normal as soon as possible.
After a professional restoration company removes contaminated or damaged furniture, flooring, or carpeting, you’ll need to replace it. You could have to repaint walls or replace drywall or wood floors. After a serious accident in a plant or factory, you could even need to replace a section of the concrete floor to completely remove blood stains. If your business is damaged by vandalism, a hurricane, or other bad weather, a restoration service can help you place boards on broken windows and cover damaged areas of your roof. That way, you can prevent more damage until you’re finished with repairs.
ServiceMaster 24 Hour has more than 10 years of restoration experience. We can help you restore peace of mind for your customers and employees by removing hazards and repairing damage. Call us anytime at 813-603-2001 or 727-300-3773 for excellent service.Image provided by Shutterstock