Dealing of biohazardous waste is a specialised task. So why is it potentially so dangerous and what is a biohazard?
Put simply, it is any materials which carries disease or pathogens which may effect mammals or humans. They usually consist of bodily fluids like blood, urine, vomit or faeces, so great care must be employed in dealing with or handling these substances. Disposal of these substances also poses very special issues and safety precautions.
So when we get a call to come and do a survey on cleaning up an old dog breeding and boarding kennels, we kind of knew what to expect, but all these cases hold a special surprise – in this case it was a rodent infested kennel area and 3 tonnes of decaying dog mess!
The story goes that this kennels bred very large dogs, but as the market for this type of dog faded, so did the business. It seems that what used to be very good kennels just fell into disrepair and the excrement was just thrown outside the main door onto a bit of ground – this soon became a heap….then a very large heap!
The problem comes of how to deal with such a large amount of biohazardous waste. Calculating the weight and size of the skips for the removal of such a large quantity of waste is no mean feat, getting it wrong is not an option due to the cost of disposal so we had to calculate the requirement pretty much exactly.
Our task was to firstly remove the waste, clear the whole area, remove all undergrowth, clean and disinfect the kennel block…oh and to deal with a huge and growing rat problem, as well as other pests who had made this area their home. This included flies, maggots, and midges.
First things first, sorting out the rats. simply just moving the waste would not solve the problem, it would just move them to different food sources, so we set about an intensive baiting program, which lasted about 4 weeks, ensuring the rat problem is solved and all rats are dead before disturbing their habitat. Once this phase was completed, we could get stuck into the poo clearance.
Now the team are used to dealing with all sorts of unpleasant situations, but this seemed particularly horrid. The other issue was the skips could only be placed about 120meters away, so each load had to be transported to the skips by barrow – a long and tiring task – especially when dressed in full chemical PPE and Full face masks! The risk from dog faeces is well recorded – a single gram of dog waste contains millions of fecal coliform bacteria, which are known to cause diarrhea, intestinal illness, and serious kidney disorders in humans, so we take no chances on such toxic waste.
Once the waste was cleared, the kennels were all disinfected with a Parvo Virus destroying antiseptic and de-odouriser so that anybody using these kennels in the future could do so safely. Once the job was completed, the waste was removed and taken to incineration – the total weight came in at 2.95 tonnes, so the calculations were pretty spot on.
Regardless of the problem, if you have an extreme clearance or suspect you have a biohazardous waste problem to deal with, call the experts at Rapid Environmental Services now for advice and help with the removal. Contact us here.