An excess of water causes mold. A leaking pipe, improper insulation, or some other form of untreated water damage can cause the moisture. Once it starts growing, it can spread quickly. Best practice is to have a professional check your home for mold as there might also be asbestos, both of which can cause health issues.
As outlined in NFPA 704: materials are identified hazards they pose by the severity of these three principal categories (health, flammability, and instability). Our team of highly trained Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER) professionals carry out the act of handling, removing, packaging, and transportation of hazardous materials.
Yes, cleanup of blood and other potentially infectious materials (OPIM) is a biohazard. These hazardous substances are removed, confined, stabilized, or in any other manner; with the vital goal of minimizing potential dangerous health effects
A biological agent is any infectious organism that constitutes a potential hazard to humans or the environment.
Yes, most insurance will cover a biohazard cleanup. However, every insurance policy is different in what it will cover, so be sure to review your policy to ensure you have the coverage relating to biohazardous agents.
A biohazard can include chemical spills, water damage, a violent crime, or an unattended death on your property. For multifamily units, addressing comments or complaints from tenants relating to odor or pest issues might help uncover a biohazard issue linked to a situation like hoarding. For public institutions, such as a school, hospital, or government building, a routine OSHA inspection can uncover biohazards in a structure that will need to be remediated immediately.