Attending this training course makes you eligible for certification by the American Bio-Recovery Association. After completing the course, you may take the Bio-Recovery Technician Certification Test. You must score at least 75% to become certified.
The Bio-Recovery Technician Certification exam will be given on the last day of the course. Certificates and wallet cards will be mailed to those who earn certification. This course is approved for 2 IICRC continuing education credits.
Biohazard Training Overview
Training for crime scene clean-up duty covers a variety of circumstances. Technicians may want to know everything from simply learning how to mop up blood to working in environmental suits and dealing with the hazardous materials left behind at the contaminated site of a methamphetamine lab. Even simple courses in cleaning up mold or water damage can help the crime scene clean-up worker.
Legal requirements for crime scene cleanup businesses are set by individual states or municipalities. At a minimum, crime scene cleaners must follow laws regarding the handling and disposal of bio-hazardous waste.
All crime scene cleaners should be trained to safely handle biohazard materials, such as blood and human remains, according to OSHA (Occupational Health and Safety Administration) guidelines.
The ABRA (American Bio-Recovery Association) offers certification as a Bio Recovery Technician via accredited classes from private agencies.
Respiratory Protection Training
Because crime scene cleaners deal with both hazardous waste and toxic cleaning chemicals, a class in the proper use of respiratory training is highly recommended for crime scene cleaners, where not required by law.
- Introduction to Microbiology
- Disease and Defense
- Orientation to Bloodborne Pathogens
- Protecting Yourself on the Job & Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Introduction to HazCom & MSDS
- Lockout/Tag-out Operations
- Other Regulated Hazards
- Bio-Recovery Equipment & Supplies
- Containment of Sharps & Waste
- Biohazard Clean-up
- Decomposition & Its Odor
- Non-Biohazard Clean-up
- Transport Of Waste
- Crime Scenes
- Psychological Considerations of Bio-Recovery
- Legal Issues & Documentation
- Photographing The Scene
- Tricks of the Trade
Certificates and wallet cards will be mailed to those who earn certification. All certified technicians will also be listed on the ABRA website.