Fall Home Maintenance Tips

Dare I say that summer is over and its time to prepare your home for the coming inclement weather?? I do dare unfortunately.  The sun is still shining  and now it the perfect time to ensure that your home is ready for the wet, wind and cold of a Lower Mainland fall/winter season.

  1. Inspect and repair any potential water leaks
  2. Keep the cold out. Inspect windows and doors for leaks and drafts
  3. Close crawlspace vents to avoid damp stored items
  4. Inspect and clean your chimney and furnace
  5. Test all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
  6. Clean your gutters to ensure rain water drains properly

And Finally…

Store all patio items away from the elements for the season :(

Call Genesis at 604-533-3440 if require help doing any of these items or if you find issues that need repair.

30 Sep | 1 reply

Crime & Trauma Scene Cleanup Standards: What existing government standards, regulations or guidelines exist that deals with blood and body fluids?

Let’s begin with the difference between the three.

Regulations are law. To break the law results in fines leading up to civil and criminal prosecution.

Standards should be unbreakable and quantifiable, while guidelines are the place for the softer science.  Standards are meant to be implemented as written, and generally don’t use the subjunctive case anywhere in them — no “coulds”, “woulds”, “shoulds”, etc.  They don’t have levels of implementation that are soft, or statements that certain things should be avoided if possible.

Guidelines are different. Things that they publish don’t contain words like “will” or “shall”, but words like “may”, “could”, “should”, or “would”. Guidelines are used in places where the group knows that there’s either no way to get everyone to agree on something, or where the guidelines will specify that something that is impossible be done. You can’t generally refer to a guideline in a standard as a normative reference, because it is softer than a standard.

OSHA is the main federal agency charged with the enforcement of safety and health legislation under the United States Department of Labour. There are three primary sections of the Regulations that apply to Crime & Trauma Scene Cleanup.

  • 1910.120 Subpart H  – Hazardous Materials
  • 1910 Subpart I – Personal Protective Equipment
  • 1910.1030 – Subpart T – Toxic and Hazardous Substances

OSHA has created a Bloodborne Pathogen Standard to prevent workers from contracting bloodborne diseases. It is the only body in the United States to create a Standard at this time and it applies to anyone that may come in contact with blood or body fluids during the course of their job.

In Canada, the enforcement of safety and health legislation is not federal but is provincial. Work Safe BC is recognized across the country as the most proactive and current administration.

Work Safe BC has created regulations that have force of law and has also created many guidelines to help with the implementation of their laws. Guidelines Part 6 – Biological Agents – G6.34 is the regulation which is very nearly a copy of the OSHA regulations. They have also created a number of resources which could loosely be referred to as a guideline Controlling Exposure: Protecting Workers from Infectious Disease

As you can see, these Standards and Regulations are general and not specific to the processes of performing successful Crime & Trauma Scene Cleanup. To do the job properly one must be thoroughly familiar with all of these regulations and standards and wise in the application.

16 Sep | No replies

Qualified Crime & Trauma Scene Cleaning?

Have you ever watched the video “Sunshine Cleaners”?  It’s a tale of a single mom trying to eke out a living as a house cleaner and her slimey boyfriend suggests there’s big bucks in cleaning up after a bloody mess is made. The progression is a pretty accurate description of how most people that do this business got into it. The scary thing is that there is no licensing requirements or credible certification in North America to protect the people requiring this service from all the twisted nuts that want to ‘charge large’ and not do a proper job. There is a wide range of people ‘doing it’.  Many are a huge liability to themselves and their customers while a few take pride in doing it carefully, thoroughly and with a professional demeanor and result.

Lately in Vancouver, literally dozens of people have taken a three day course in ‘how to’. At the end the instructor gave them all a ‘certificate’. Are they certified? Only in the sense that an uncertified instructor waved his magic wand and prints a piece a paper that says so. Now is that to say the training was bad? Not at all. It’s just that there are no standards for this industry and it’s buyer beware.

So what is the scoop? What do you really need to know? The answer will make up a series of blogs.

  1. Crime & Trauma Scene Cleanup Standards: What existing government standards, regulations or guidelines exist that deals with blood and body fluids?
  2. The Evolution of Crime & Trauma Scene Cleanup: How has the industry evolved and where is it at?
  3. Crime & Trauma Scene Cleanup: Define Clean!
  4. Can you ever get rid of the smell?
14 Sep | No replies