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Are you the type of person who can handle the sight of blood? Can you handle vile smells? Are you strong enough to lift and remove carpeting? Can you lift furniture? If you said yes to all of these, you may be right for a job in crime scene clean up. 
A crime scene clean up technician is responsible for coming into a crime scene once all the evidence is collected and the victim’s body was removed from the scene. They would be called in after a homicide, a suicide, or any kind of attack where clean up is needed. They would be required to clean up blood, human tissue, and body fluids. In cases of severe hoarding, a crime scene tech would be required to go into the house and assist in the clean up. In cases like this the technician can encounter just about anything from rotten food to human waste, to dead and decaying house pets.

Because you are dealing with these conditions, you will need to know how to clean up safely so that there is no risk to your health while cleaning. Most crime scene clean up companies do not require their employees to have a college degree. Most require either a high school degree or a GED. Although college is not required, the crime scene clean up tech is required to have certain certifications. Most companies require certifications in blood borne pathogens, hazardous materials transportation, airborne pathogens, personal protective equipment, and hazardous waste generation. Some companies do not require previous experience, however, it depends on the company of which you are applying. Most people who get into this field have a background in emergency medicine, forensics, or public health.

There are personal requirements which an applicant must meet as well. The main thing companies require is a respectful, tactful personality. It is not acceptable for a technician to complain about how disgusting the crime scene is or try to imagine aloud to other techs how it happened. This is not professional and very disrespectful to the family who may be nearby. Having a clean criminal record is a must with every company. Crime scene clean up companies require a drug test upon hiring and random drug testing following being hired. Some companies will also require that their technicians are physically fit. Certain crime scenes and hoarding issues can be very physically demanding.

A crime scene clean up tech must have a very flexible schedule. They are on call during certain days so they must be available on certain days, nights, weekends, and holidays. They must be ready to go when they are called. The pay rate for a crime scene clean up tech is between $15 and $25 an hour. It typically depends on experience.

If you have the stomach for it and are capable of heavy lifting and can deal with the random schedules, being a crime scene clean up tech can be a very exciting career.

This post courtesy of Service Master of Charleston. Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nullvalue/

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