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Bio-Recovery Firm Cleans Up Where Others Won't


Toledo, OH. January 16, 1998: From plane crashes to floods. From homicides to pigeon droppings. A local company immerses itself in tragedy and unusual circumstances. Bio-Recovery Services of America has an extremely unique niche in the cleaning and restoration industries. They are a service that will clean and restore an area in the home or business that has been affected by the presence of biological or infectious waste, such as blood, body fluids, and tissue. Services are not limited to just crime and trauma scenes, but also for natural deaths, animal biohazards, toxic mold remediation, methamphetamine drug labs and cases of accidents. They provide a valuable twenty-four hour service that spares family, friends and employees the burden of cleaning, disinfecting and deodorizing. They also rid the scene of any unwelcome or unpleasant reminders.

Since 1996, Bio-Recovery Services of America has been helping scores of families and businesses in times of emotional distress. In 1997, their service was commissioned for the clean up of the ComAir Flight 3272 disaster in Monroe County, Michigan. Victims' bodies were taken from the crash site to an airplane hangar at Custer Airport, which served as a temporary morgue. The transport trucks, hangar, and airport offices all had to be disinfected from the contamination and exposure to bloodborne pathogens. Owner Fred Schutt, volunteered his company's services to assist with the clean up of the affected area. "We had just opened for business when the crash occurred, and we thought that we could help out by volunteering our services. As it turned out we got the job. Talk about starting out with a vengeance."

Schutt began thinking of starting this type of business after a mutual friend received a call from the Coroner's office one day wanting to know if she knew anyone who could clean up after a suicide. After calling the local housecleaning and janitorial services, they found that none of them would touch it. They were not equipped to handle biohazards or potentially infectious wastes, nor did they want to. So, he set out to start a service that would.

So far business is going very well. "The bulk of the work involves suicides and belatedly discovered deaths. We have had situations where the bodies haven't been found for several weeks and cleaned out houses and apartments that have been declared unfit for human habitation, just to name a few. Several of our most unusual cases have involved cleaning pigeon droppings (a serious health threat) out of church bell towers. St. Frances DiSalle Church had over 100 years of bird history in their tower and we took out 34 bags of it. It was really quite dangerous from a health standpoint, but we were equipped for it. Other big jobs were cleaning out the clock tower at the University of Toledo and an ammunition storage facility for the Department of Defense."

Schutt and his staff of on-call employees are medically trained and proficient in infectious waste handling procedures. His service is licensed with the EPA and they are OSHA compliant. This is not a routine mop and bucket company. They use state-of-the-art equipment and only use EPA registered disinfectants that are tuberculocidal, bactericidal, fungicidal, virucidal, and hepacidal. They are very effective in treating against dangerous viruses such as HIV-1 (associated with AIDS) and hepatitis B.

When asked how he feels about the emotional side of dealing with crime scenes, such as homicides and suicides, he replied: "Its difficult. It really is. You have a job to do professionally, but you also have to be caring and sensitive to the needs of families and co-workers. I've also had three close friends who have committed suicide. I know what those families have been through. When we cleaned the areas after the plane crash, the bodies had already been removed but it was still hard to grasp the reality of it. I know the Airport personnel were upset. They had had a difficult week up there and they were very appreciative and relieved that a service such as ours could come in and help out. In cases of violent crime or suicides, I will even suggest that the family stay with relatives or friends, or even go to a hotel, while we clean. You really have to be empathetic to their needs and feelings."

Bio-Recovery Services of America belongs to the American Bio-Recovery Association. ABRA is a national, non-profit organization designed to promote education, proficiency and ethical standards for bio-recovery services, such as those who perform crime and trauma scene disinfection and abatement. ABRA helps to ensure that consumers receive the best possible service from bio-recovery companies who have sworn to uphold the highest levels of industry performance.

Bio-Recovery Services has been featured in The Toledo Blade, The Cincinnati Post, The Columbus Dispatch, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, WTOL Channel 11 WTVG Channel 13 (Toledo), Contracting Profits Magazine, Office.com, The MetroNet, WSPD Radio (Toledo), the Associated Press Wire and many radio stations in the U.S. and Canada.

 

 

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