An Overview of Crime Scene Cleanup in Illinois

July 1, 2016 10:32 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

It is an unfortunate reality that crime scenes, especially violent crime scenes, can get quite messy. Crime scene cleanup professionals specialize in cleaning and restoring the area of a crime scene so that, after law enforcement and investigators have completed their work, the scene can be returned to normal, or as normal as can be.

Many people do not realize that removing the evidence of a violent death is actually the responsibility of the family of the victim. With few companies capable of handling that type of job, Forensic Restoration Services is one of the only services offering crime scene cleanup in Illinois. Here is some information about how the service works.

Types of crime scene cleanup

Crime scene cleanup services are available for just about any type of crime. While many people immediately think of blood spills following a homicide, assault or suicide, there are plenty of other, more specific types of cleanups as well. Specific sub-segments include cleaning up scenes that have the presence of toxic irritants or chemicals, potential diseases or biohazard concerns, etc.

How crime scene cleanup works

Crime scene cleaners most often start their job either by being hired privately by a victim’s family or by being contracted by a coroner’s office or other government entity. Crime scene cleaners cannot be allowed into a crime scene until the investigation of that scene has officially concluded, as the last thing government officials want is to disturb an active crime scene that potentially still has evidence to provide. This means that a fair amount of time could pass between the crime itself and when it is actually cleaned up, which provides a unique set of challenges for each case.

Because of the potential toxins and contaminants at a crime scene, cleaners may dress in biohazard suits or other safety suits to ensure they do not endanger themselves. Most operating procedures for cleaning up crime scenes include standards of decontamination often found in the military. There is a set of universal precautions followed by crime scene cleaners across the globe to guide them as they clean a site.

If biohazards are believed to be present, some testing may need to be done to confirm the nature and degree of the hazard.

Who are crime scene cleaners?

Crime scene cleaners need to be able to handle particularly disturbing scenes, as they may come across grisly sites in their everyday work. Potential crime scene cleaners must complete biorecovery technician training and obtain additional training recommended by some employers. For example, crime scene cleaners who want to be able to offer their services to drug laboratories must complete a course in Hazardous Materials to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard if they are to meet state and federal requirements for such a position.

To learn more about crime scene cleanup in Illinois and to inquire about the services we offer, we encourage you to reach out to the team at Forensic Restoration Services today.

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