What Every Hotel And Motel Manager Needs To Understand About Crime Scene Clean Up
It is an unfortunate fact that violent crimes take place in hotels and motels in South Florida every day. The most common of these crimes are:
- Physically intimate assaults
- Physical batteries
These types of crimes leave in their wake a multitude of problems from physical damage to the hotel or motel room, to contamination of the room by body fluids, blood, and other organic tissue. What every hotel and motel manager needs to understand is that once the police department has released the crime scene, the responsibility and expense of dealing with the unpleasant aftermath falls on the hotel.
Crime Scene Intervention can help. We are proud to be the premier crime scene clean up company in South Florida. We have the expertise, training, and highly specialized equipment necessary to take the burden of a messy and difficult cleaning project off your shoulders. Because we understand the urgent and sensitive nature of dealing with a violent crime in your hotel or motel, we are available 24/7 to take your call and to provide a quick, free estimate on any cleanup job you are facing.
What To Expect When A Crime Is Committed In Your Hotel Or Motel
The destruction and damage caused when a crime is committed in a hotel or motel room can be extensive, overwhelming, and, in some cases, quite distressing. Returning a room to a habitable state can be a daunting and sometimes dangerous task. Here are some of the issues and biohazards you may face once the crime scene has been released:
- Heavy damage from gunshots or physical violence which may leave the room and its furnishing structurally unsafe for guests and associates.
- Fingerprint dust or tear gas residue, exposure to which can cause adverse health problems.
- Blood, which can carry dangerous pathogens such as HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C.
- Human excrement which can harbor infectious diseases such as cholera, typhoid, and cryptosporidiosis.
Retaining a professional crime scene cleanup company like Crime Scene Intervention is your best choice for returning your guest room to service quickly and discreetly.
The Legal Burden On Hotels And Motels
It is imperative that hotel and motel managers are aware that they have a legal responsibility to protect the health and safety of their guests. Because hotels and motels issue an invitation to members of the public to enter their premises, they are required by law to exercise a reasonable degree of care to ensure the safety of their guests. If a hotel or motel fails to do so, they could be held liable for any illness or injury suffered by a guest while on the premises. It goes without saying that the remediation of a contaminated crime scene in a hotel or motel room falls under the “reasonable degree of care” stipulation.
Crime Scene Cleanup And Your Hotel Associates
Although it may seem acceptable to allow regular hotel and motel housekeeping staff to clean a room after a violent crime, this is an unwise idea. Here are some of the reasons why rehabilitating a guest room after a crime is a job best left to a professional remediation company, like Crime Scene Intervention.
Duty Of Care To Associates.
Hotels and motels have a legal responsibility to provide a safe work environment for their employees. Hotel and motel housekeeping associates are unlikely to have access to the very specialized personal protective equipment needed to effectively and safely clean a crime scene.
Asking housekeeping staff to clean up a crime scene where blood and other body fluids and tissues have been spilled, without the appropriate protective gear, is both illegal and dangerous.
Lack of Training.
Biohazard cleanup does not normally appear in the job description of hotel housekeeping or maintenance staff; therefore, they will not have received any training on how to carry out a crime scene clean up legally and safely. There are many OSHA and EPA regulations that must be adhered to with such an operation and failure to do so could have serious legal ramifications for the hotel. The professionals at Crime Scene Intervention have the skill, training, and technical knowledge required to get the job done quickly and correctly.
Lack Of Correct Remediation Supplies.
The specialized cleaning equipment and chemicals that are used in biohazard remediation are not the same as the cleaning supplies used every day by housekeeping associates.
Medical grade cleaning and disinfecting solutions are needed to ensure that hotel and motel guest rooms are completely free from any harmful organic matter that is released during the act of a violent crime. That is why your first call after an incident investigation has been completed in one of your guest rooms should be to Crime Scene Intervention. You can rely on us to arrive promptly and fully equipped with everything necessary to get your hotel or motel room back to its original condition.
For hotel and motel post crime clean up, you can rely on the professional team at Crime Scene Intervention. We are committed to being available to assist with traumatic scene cleanup 24/7. Our discrete and compassionate team can be deployed to your location quickly at any time of the day or night and will take the situation in hand. All of our team members have undergone extensive training in biohazard remediation and carry out every job in compliance with OSHA and EPA regulations. Our 15 years experience in the crime scene remediation industry means you can rest assured that your hotel or motel room will be back in service quickly. We guarantee that no detail will be overlooked. Your guest room will be completely and thoroughly cleaned, sanitized, and deodorized and will be returned to its original, spotless condition.