Trauma and Other Biohazard Cleanups
It takes a special person to handle these types of jobs, so if you’re one of those people, you’ve come to the right place.
In today’s post, we’ll share 4 reasons why the IICRC TCST and HST course should be next on your list.
1. You’ll learn how to properly invoice and recoup money spent on PPE and labor involved.
Many companies look at PPE as a financial burden that just can’t be recouped. But as we’ve discussed in previous blog posts and videos, PPE is NOT a “cost of doing business” as it relates to overhead expenses, since it is project specific.
If you play your cards right, you can recoup it. How? When it comes to PPE, there are a ton of federal regulations that can be used to legally justify and charge for PPE and you can cite those within your invoices and leverage that within your invoices.
For example, did you know that you can invoice the cost for cleaning a respirator? Yup, you can! Because when it comes to cleaning respirators, it is required by law to follow the mandatory process set by OSHA in Appendix B-2 under the Respiratory Protection Program.
By connecting the medical research with the federal OSHA laws to explain why we are using/cleaning PPE, we can then justify the charges when invoicing and prove that it’s not just an arbitrary extra charge, instead it’s required by federal law. There’s isn’t much left to argue when federal law is on your side, right?
During the Reets Drying Academy IICRC TCST/HST course, we’ll teach you how to invoice enough to cover not only the PPE, but also the labor costs of donning, user checks, decontaminating, and doffing.
2. You’ll actually remove real blood (animal blood of course) from materials.
It’s not a class of theory where we’ll talk about possible scenarios. When you attend our IICRC TCST/HST class, you’ll get to utilize various tools/equipment, cleaning agents, and procedures in ACTUAL scenarios for material removal training.
You’ll learn the best process for removing materials in structures that are contaminated, learn how to determine what should or shouldn’t be saved, and learn the most efficient cleaning procedures
3. You’ll learn how to defeat odor
Odor is one of the most common issues faced on jobs and one of the most improperly performed processes. For example, unattended deaths (decomposition) poses potential and difficult complexities.
One of the complexities faced includes bugs, flies, and other insects transferring OPIM (other potentially infectious materials) from the source area throughout the structure. How do you handle that? And what about the severe odor?
In this class, you’ll learn how to control odors through proper source removal, cleaning procedures, and other subsequent techniques.
4. You just might save your own life with this class.
One of the greatest risks you’ll face while handling trauma and other biohazard cleanups is bloodborne pathogens such as Hepatitis B and C, HIV, and countless other diseases. There are very real dangers involved with these types of jobs, and this class will teach you how to protect yourself!
More Info About IICRC TCST and HST Certification
The IICRC TCST/HST is a 4-day course that provides 2 IICRC certifications PLUS a 10 hour OSHA General Industry card and the Bloodborne Pathogen Training requirement on your IICRC card. Students attending this class experience a wide variety of kinesthetic (hands-on) performance training. This training includes:
- Regulations – One of the most regulated areas within the restoration industry, do you know what is required of your company both federally and state? Does your local jurisdiction have even more stringent requirements?
- PPE – What PPE is appropriate for these types of projects? Who determines what is appropriate? Are you trained to be your company’s competent person? Are you invoicing enough to cover not only the PPE, but also the labor costs of donning, user checks, decontaminating, and doffing? Students will get extensive training in this area to ensure they are proficient in these areas, and also profitable!!
- Hazard Controls – Do you know what control measures are available to utilize in your company? Do you know how to select the proper controls? Do you know how to ensure the well-being of your workers and look for the signs of heat exhaustion? Various hazard controls will be required on the projects and students will learn what these are, how to determine which ones are necessary, and how to implement them.
- Material Removal or Cleaning – What is the best process for removing materials in structures that are contaminated? What should or shouldn’t be saved? What are the most efficient cleaning procedures? Students will utilize various tools and procedures in ACTUAL scenarios (animal blood and parts used) for material removal training. Students will also use various cleaning agents and cleaning equipment.
- Odor Control Techniques – One of the most common sources of issues on projects!! Unattended deaths (decomposition) pose potential and difficult complexities. Learn how to PROPERLY control odors through proper source removal, cleaning procedures, and other subsequent techniques.
- Remediation Evaluation and Verification – What determines “clean”? Who determines “clean”? What are the various methods used to evaluate your work and what are the advantages/disadvantages of each? Who is contacted to “verify” your remediation processes?
If you think that sounds like a lot, expect to learn that and much more! It’ll be 4 days jam-packed with beneficial, profitable training!