Clean up after crime scenes is a very sophisticated work that requires extra care in handling potentially hazardous biological material. Since the clean-up itself involves containing, cleaning and decontamination while still protecting yourself and the evidence, the career is challenging and has a set of requirements if one aspires a position for the job.
Let’s take a look:
a) Degree requirement
A career in crime scene cleanup does not require one to have a degree or field of study. Having one also doesn’t stop one from pursuing a career in the field.
b) Attention to detail
The most critical requirement for anyone looking to become a crime scene cleaner is the ability to be extra vigilant.
The job carries a lot of potential health risks and as such, involve several protocols that have to be followed to lessen mistakes and recklessness.
c) The blood-borne pathogen training course
The job while requires no degree still needs prospecting candidates to undergo training in the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other safety risks such as blood-borne pathogen exposure. Additional significant training includes removing odors, how to avoid cross-contamination, and cleaning body fluids.
d) Physical stamina
Another useful requirement for the job is stamina due to wearing of protective gear such as biohazard suits, face masks, respirators, and several sets of protective gloves.
Some of the crime scenes that will be encountered may very well be gruesome and tragic for family members that end up on the scene. These encounters require one to be able to provide support and reassurance for the affected families.
Clean up sometimes involves the handling of private property, and as such, a crime scene cleaner needs to be able to be trusted by the customers or companies not to damage or steal their property.
Crimes happen all the time, and sometimes crime scene cleaners are called to service during odd hours. Responding to these hours becomes extremely important.
A career of a crime scene cleaner is not one for the faintest of heart. Anyone interested to pursue a life as a crime scene cleaner needs to qualify for the requirements before they are accepted.