Working in Crime & Trauma Cleanup
It's Not For Everyone
DEC. 12, 2021 by SARAH WADSWORTH
Crime and trauma cleanup is a niche industry that many are entirely unaware of. We find that a lot of folks are genuinely curious about and interested in our line of work and may even think it could be a job fit for them.
What we deal with on a scene is not displayed in shows like “CSI” and “Law & Order.” As interesting as it may seem, crime and trauma cleanup is not for everyone. Being a biohazard technician can be a rewarding line of work, but equally challenging.
If you think this line of work may be something for you, here are a few things to consider first:
· How strong is your stomach? We respond to heartbreaking scenes, and unfortunately, many times blood is not the only thing left behind. If you don’t do well with odors or biohazards outside of blood, go ahead and count yourself out.
· Do you have strong communication and people skills? Working with individuals who are dealing with the aftermath of a tragedy requires a high level of communication awareness that goes far beyond basic customer service.
· Can you keep a level head and maintain awareness in emotionally heightened situations?
We have to pay close attention to ensure that we safely remove all biohazard at the scene, and that requires a lot of mental focus and awareness. Usually, loved ones do not stay at the scene while we work, but we always have to be prepared to communicate effectively and respectfully no matter the emotional state of those dealing with the aftermath of a tragedy.
· After witnessing a tragic scene, will you be able to “leave work at work?” Crime and trauma cleanup is mentally and emotionally taxing. We see devastating circumstances regularly, and we cannot allow those traumatic scenes to follow us home at the end of the day. If you are prone to anxiety, depression, or emotional instability, this may not be the job for you.
Although crime and trauma scene cleanup may sound fascinating, it is certainly not your average “day job.” If you do believe that this might be a good fit for you, feel free to contact Sarah at Bio-One Marion County.
Bio-One Marion County