Sourcing Biohazard Cleanup Gear Last Minute
If you're a restoration company, or perhaps a small mom-and-pop biohazard cleanup company, you may not have everything you need in stock when a call for emergency response comes in. In these cases, there are a few places you can go to get what you need: Home Depot, janitorial supply companies (like Jon Don), and equipment rental companies (like Sunbelt Rentals).
Hours of Operation:
Home Depot - 6 am - 10 pm M-Sat, 6 am - 8 pm Sunday
Jon Don - 8 am - 5 pm M-F
Sunbelt Rentals Climate Control - 7 am - 4 pm M-F (Emergency Line open for after hours)
Seen below are items sourced from Home Depot, as would typically be used in a biohazard cleanup:
After I went to Home Depot, I still needed to be able to find a hospital-grade disinfectant, enzyme, and ozone generator. I found the chemicals at a janitorial supply company called Jon Don..
Ozone generators can be expensive to purchase (between 1 and 2 thousand) and Jon Don did not have one for rent. At that point, I headed over to an equipment rental company (Sunbelt Rentals) to see if they had what I needed...they did not, but they had a specialized division that did! Well, they had a hydroxyl generator anyway which will ultimately do the trick.
A couple things to keep in mind:
FIrst, I like to use disposable dental face shields as opposed to eye goggles for eye/splash protection. I don't know where to source these in town and this is probably something you'll have to order and make sure you have in stock ahead of time. The same goes for sweat bands - if you're suited up and doing hard work, you're going to sweat. Disposable sweat bands will keep it out of your eyes so you can work for longer without taking a break to de-glove and wipe.
Second, the overall suits you can source last-minute are not necessarily rated to protect against permeation from blood. I am not recommending the use of these suits as opposed to something like Kleenguard A-90's which are properly rated for protection. You would have to order these ahead of time also. If you choose to use a non-rated suit, you do so at your own risk.
If you have any further tips on how to source gear last minute for biohazard cleanup work, feel free to leave a comment in the section below..