Becoming a crime scene cleaner involves completing a biorecovery training program, getting certified and looking for employment. On top of the training and certification, be sure to possess certain qualities and skills such as perseverance, stress management techniques and attention to detail, which are essential for the crime scene cleaning job.
Biorecovery training program helps to gain knowledge on bloodborne pathogens, which is a requirement of Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, for all crime scene workers. The program covers topics such as odor removal techniques, body fluid cleaning techniques, crime scene cleaning tools and personal protection. The program also covers procedures for reporting crime scene evidence to law enforcers. Upon successful completion of the training program, apply for certification, which involves passing an exam before getting a certificate that permits you to work as a crime scene cleaner.
Looking for employment involves applying for job vacancies to companies that are approved by OSHA to offer crime scene cleaning services. OSHA requires crime scene employers to have bloodborne pathogen exposure control plans. Additionally, be sure that your potential employer protects you against harmful crime scene materials by giving you a hepatitis B vaccination and personal protective equipment, including gloves, protective clothes and respiratory equipment, as required by OSHA before beginning work.