Our team have a diverse range of educational pathways that brought them to this role and contribute to the way the operate in our business. Our Directors have undertaken a great range of courses from Methamphetamine Residue Decontamination training in the United States, locally based restoration training and online refresher courses. Our technicians undertake ongoing training in addition to onsite training and our administration manager has a psychology degree which is useful in her role as the first contact for our clients, supporting technicians with debriefing and managing confronting jobs as well as tailoring our service to best meet the needs of our clients, specifically our hoarding support program. We always recommend looking into IICRC Accredited courses as a first port of call when looking at becoming a trained Bio recovery technician.
Trauma Cleaning is a highly specialised and technical remediation service required for a number of distressing or hazardous situations after a traumatic incident or crime has occurred.
A Trauma Cleanup is a type of forensic cleaning work that requires much more than just eliminating smells and the appearance of stains. Trauma Cleaners aren’t your typical cleaners and are backed up with a wealth of training and onsite experience in biological remediation and handling hazardous materials as well as being able to alleviate some of the stress experienced by the families or people involved.
What is a Professional Trauma Cleaner
A Trauma Cleaner is a professional working in a highly specialised and technical field of removing, cleaning, decontaminating and sanitising biohazardous material and mitigating further loss and contamination caused by pathogens, bacteria, chemicals and contaminants present at a trauma scene.
Trauma Cleaning technicians undergo in-depth training, continuous on-the-job learning and have a highly developed understanding of biological remediation, blood borne pathogens, chemical elements, infection control and hazardous materials which ensures properties they deal with are remediated to a safe and habitable level.
Aside from the technical aspect of the trauma cleaner job, a professional trauma cleaner is also compassionate and is equipped with the skills and experience to deal with extremely tense situations and can put families, witnesses and anyone involved in a trauma situation at ease.
Requirements To Be a Trauma Cleaner
It takes a special kind of person to work in the field of trauma cleaning. You need a strong stomach and nerves of steel, because your job often involves cleaning up human remains left behind by coroners, chemicals, or potentially harmful viruses or bacteria as well as remaining calm and composed in extremely tense situations.
Some prerequisites to become a professional trauma cleaner include:
- Being Physically Fit: Working as a Trauma Cleaner and doing jobs such as crime scene cleaning requires a high level of fitness, as you will very often work in full body hazmat suits with boots, gloves and full face respiratiors for long tedious hours in an extremely hot environment. Respirators make it also difficult to breathe and place extra pressure on your body, which makes a physical fitness paramount
- Qualifications: Training certificates such as the IICRC, degrees and previous experience biohazard, crime scene cleaning, medical profession or law enforcement is highly regarded. Biohazards can include blood, drugs or chemicals and experience handling these is crucial to perform sensitive work
- Police Check: Due to the nature of crime scene cleaning and our connection with police departments, ambulance service and other agencies we require an up to date police check to be submitted with your application. As you might be working in sensitive environments, it is imperative that a trauma or crime scene cleaner can prove they are a honest, compassionate and responsible citizen before applying for a position.. Candidates have to be audited by the police before working on the field
- Team Player: Excellent communication skills and teamwork is required as you will be working as part of a team of professionals
- Compassionate and Professional Approach: You understand that our clients have just undergone or are going through an emotionally draining and tough time in their lives, so having a compassionate, discrete and emotional understanding approach is essential in this line of work
Do You Have What It Takes To Be a Trauma Cleaner?
If you are interested in becoming a trauma cleaner or crime scene cleaner and you think you have the right qualifications, skills and experience, you can apply to Melbourne Forensic Cleaning. Please provide a cover letter, resume and police check along with your application. Melbourne Forensic Cleaning only hires compassionate and serious individuals and have a reach that extends nationwide. Our team is also present in Victoria – VIC, New South Wales – NSW, Queensland – QLD, South Australia – SA, Western Australia – WA, Northern Territory – NT, Australian Capital Territory – Canberra and Tasmania – TAS. We are available 24/7 for emergency relief service on 1300 246 429.
Important Note: All applications must be submitted via email and meet the criterias described above – Over the phone inquiries and applications will not be considered. Only serious applications will be processed.
When Do You Need Professional Trauma Cleaning Services?
When encountering a scene involving death or serious injury, it is possible to become overwhelmed and it is more than necessary to take the precautions for your safety. Death scenes, crime scenes and major accidents often contain blood or other bodily fluids that can spread diseases and infections.
All blood stains, even small ones because the risk of infection can spread beyond the stain itself. What appears as a small spill of blood on the floor can hide a widespread contamination below the carpet and the floor, from a large distance from the source. These elements can carry harmful pathogens and diseases and must be remediated by professionals as a priority.
Blood and other bodily fluids can become absorbed into your furnishings, flooring, and other building materials and it requires a professional trained in biohazard cleanup services such as a trauma and crime scene cleaner to effectively and safely clean up the blood. Depending on the severity of the situation, the cleanup process may require carpeting, sub-flooring, and furniture to be removed and properly dispose.
A Trauma Cleaner (or also called Crime Scene Cleaner) can be called to handle various hazardous situations, as listed below (including but not limited to)
Crime Scene Cleaning
Crime scene cleaners are tasked with mitigating loss and potential for additional contamination caused by bacteria, pathogens, contaminants and chemicals present at the property or affected area. Trauma cleaners can be tasked to handle:
- Blood cleanups
- Blood stain removal
- Fingerprint dust removal
- House Cleaning After Death
- Bodily fluids cleanup
- Post Death Cleaning
- Crime Scene Decontamination
- Murder Scene Cleanups
- Homicide Cleanups
Similar as Trauma Cleaning, Forensic Cleaning also involves cleaning, decontaminating, removing dangerous materials, sanitising and completely remediating areas affected with a violent crime, blood and trauma, drug labs or any situation that require specialist and certified remediation professionals to ensure areas are biohazard-free.
During the Forensic Clean Up process, fabrics, carpets and structural materials such as floor boards and wall linings may need to be removed and disposed of correctly.
- Death Cleaning
- Toxin Cleaning
- Commercial Cleaning after death
- Specialist cleaning
- Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration
- Soot Cleaning
- Biohazard Cleaning
- Biohazard Decontamination and removal
Biohazard Cleaning & Remediation
Trauma Cleaners are tasked to remove and remediate any trace of biohazard material left at the crime or accident scene, which include blood, other bodily fluids, dead animal remnants, dangerous chemicals that make up certain drugs or even faeces and mould.
Deceased Estate Cleanups
The loss of a family member can be a traumatic moment in anyone’s life and it is even harder to think of clearing out a house of a deceased person. Our trauma cleaners must also be able to handle the compassionate and prompt deceased estate cleanup and also to assist in clearing out a deceased estate filled with piles of rubbish.
Deceased estate furniture removal and cleaning can be taken care of by our team of compassionate and dedicated trauma cleaners so you won’t have to do the heavy and hazardous work of removing furniture, clothing, mattresses and rubbish from a deceased estate property.
Meth Lab Remediation
Trauma Cleaners can be called to handle the decontamination and cleaning of clandestine drug labs that proliferate across Australia, including Meth labs or meth houses. A Meth lab cleanup process can involve a number of stringent and pivotal steps to ensure a property is cleaned to a non-hazardous, habitable state.
You will be doing:
- Meth Testing
- Test houses for meth residue
- Meth lab cleanup
- Meth detection or meth check methods
- Meth decontamination
- Carry property drug testing in Melbourne or across Australia