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UN-APPARENT DANGERS OF BIOHAZARD

Biohazards serious health risks to you, your family and employees.

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Biohazards pose serious health risks to you, your family and employees. It is extremely important to leave the cleanup and disposal to professional certified technicians.


Spreading Disease

Inhalation-ingestion-absorption and direct contact.

There are four common ways for micro-organisms to penetrate the human body.
Hand-to-mouth is the most common way to spread disease and occurs during eating, drinking and smoking. Contaminated organisms could easily enter the body as we breathe aerosolized particles or contaminated dust. Skin contact with contaminated organisms occurs through cuts, scratches, or penetrating wounds, and can enter the body through the surfaces of the eyes, nose and mouth.

Proper cleanup and decontamination like that provided by the professionals at J.R. Johnson, Inc. will mitigate these risks and keep you and your family safe and healthy.


Blood

Uninfected blood may not be a health threat, but we rarely know the health status of the person from whom the blood originated. Therefore, it is best to use OSHA's “universal precautions” and treat all blood, wet or dry, as if it were highly infectious. The issue of unbearable odor can arise if blood and bodily fluids are not properly cleaned up in a timely manner. In some cases the damage is excessive enough to require the complete removal and replacement of affected materials. We will help determine the extent of the damage and recommend the best course of action to remediate the situation.

Prompt and proper removal and disinfection of an area contaminated by either blood or bodily fluids is the best precaution to prevent the spread of disease and infection such as HIV and Hepatitis.


Sewage (“Black Water”)

Raw sewage is mainly black or gray water and often consists of organic waste and wastewater produced by household and industrial sources. Excrement is the major source of dangerous microorganisms like coliform, fecal coliform, Escherichia coliform (E-coli), and Enterococcus.

 

 

The Health Dangers of Sewage—Exposure to sewage or its products could result in a number of diseases:
 
Allergic Alveolitis
Inflammation of the alveoli in the lungs is seldom reported with relation to sewage backup. However, when reported its symptoms include fever, breathlessness, dry cough, and aching muscles and joints.

 
Gastroenteritis
When irritation is excessive, symptoms of gastroenteritis (an inflammation of the stomach and the intestine) can include diarrhea with vomiting and cramps, and is often associated with fever when caused by an infectious agent.
 
Hepatitis
Literally, hepatitis means inflammation of the liver and caused by a virus known as viral hepatitis. When hepatitis is an outcome of sewage backup, it is often characterized by jaundice and inflammation of the liver.
 
Weil’s disease
An acute feverish disease with symptoms of gastroenteritis, mild jaundice, persistent and severe headache.
 
Occupational asthma
A respiratory disorder, occupational asthma shows symptoms of attacks of breathlessness, chest tightness, and wheezing.
 
Additional health dangers include: 
fatal liver, kidney, blood damage, and skin or eye infection.


Hoarding

Hoarding can put the individuals who hoard and their family members at serious risk of health problems and injury, and in the worst cases, even death.
 
Health problems include falls or accidents and the inability of emergency personnel to enter or remove an ill person. Clutter, garbage, animal or human feces and resulting mold or infestation can also cause respiratory and other health problems. Unsanitary conditions can be particularly unsafe for immune compromised individuals. Ammonia levels from accumulations of urine and feces can easily exceed maximum occupational exposure limits, and can be harmful to persons with cardiac or respiratory dysfunction.
 
In addition, blocked exits or heating vents can also pose a fire hazard. And the hoarding of dangerous or flammable items poses great health and safety risks as well.