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Biomedical Waste Recovery and Disposal

UNATTENDED DEATH PROJECT REMEDIATION

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Unattended Death (Human Decomposition) Remediation Major Components:

  1. Apply PPE

  2. Prepare chemicals and apply initial odor treatment and disinfectant

  3. Recover blood-affected materials and contain in medical waste boxes with absorbent material for fluid retention, this is a sharps hazards area due to mattress springs and connections

  4. Contain and segregate conventional waste in preparation for disposal.

  5. Disinfect entire area

  6. Cut away layers of affected material until you reach the edge of the biological contamination plume.  

  7. Contain and segregate medical waste  

  8. Segregate cleaned, salvageable items

 

If all of the labor hours associated with this project are billed or included in the project bid at high-risk, then the projected costs will clearly be too high.  The ability to bill the lower-risk labor hours at a lower rate for conventional cleaning tasks gives the contractor pricing flexibility in project bid.  

 

This is only true if the contractor can accurately segregate the high-risk portion of the project and is reasonably close on high-risk projected inputs in the project bid when compared to actual inputs.  Should the contractor preparing the project bid underestimate the high-risk portion of the project, the contractor has put himself or herself at risk of losing money due to a bid amount they have committed to with higher costs than projected.  

 

Supplies and consumables, biohazard regulated medical waste disposal, equipment needed, fuel, and conventional waste disposal are also a part of the inputs that have to be estimated for a total projected cost supporting the project bid.  Supplies are usually billed by the contractor on a per unit basis and high-grade disinfectants and deodorizers are often billed at around $35/quart.  

 

Personal protective equipment can be billed by the line item or a flat rate per technician of approximately at $95/day/tech.  Equipment charges to the customer from the contractor can also vary in a charge per piece of equipment used or a flat rate per day, $250-$500, for all equipment deployed on the project.  Conventional waste can be billed on a per load basis (approximately 5 cubic yards) for a range of $150 to $300 or the volume of conventional waste could require the use of a roll-off dumpster.  

 

Roll-off dumpsters are often seen at construction sites and vary from 20 cubic yards to 40 cubic yards.  These dumpsters have a billing cost range of $500 to $1,000 based on the area that the 3rd party disposal company is located in.  Biohazard regulated medical waste can vary greatly in price due to different-sized containers the waste is captured in preparation for transport to the disposal facility.  

 

Many traumatic event remediation companies offer a cardboard biohazard box (17”L x 14”W x 20”H) that can hold around 35 pounds maximum.  

 

This capacity is often billed at $200 to $400 per box based on the market and if the contractor is a licensed biohazard medical waste transporter in their state.  Other companies may offer a reusable 50 to 150 gallon capacity container for housing biohazard-affected material and the price is higher associated with this larger capacity.    

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