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Yes, crime scene clean up does require certification and this page will explain why.
Let us first look at a few definitions of the word certification:
- BusinessDictionary.com: “Formal procedure by which an accredited or authorized person or agency assesses and verifies (and attests in writing by issuing a certificate) the attributes, characteristics, quality, qualification, or status of individuals or organizations, goods or services, procedures or processes, or events or situations, in accordance with established requirements or standards.”
- Cambridge Dictionary: “proof or a document proving that someone is qualified for a particular job, or that something is of good quality.” and “the process of giving official or legal approval to a person, company, product, etc. that has reached a particular standard.”
- Dictionary.com: “to award a certificate to (a person) attesting to the completion of a course of study or the passing of a qualifying examination.”
- Oxford Dictionaries: The action or process of providing someone or something with an official document attesting to a status or level of achievement.
- Wikipedia: “One of the most common types of certification in modern society is professional certification, where a person is certified as being able to competently complete a job or task, usually by the passing of an examination and/or the completion of a program of study.”
Here’s the problem with websites and people who say you do not need to be certified:
How are you going to prove that you have received the correct education, been trained by a properly certified instructor, trained on the correct regulations and topics, and passed a written exam if you do not receive any certification?
The answer to that is that you cannot prove any of the above unless your are certified. And how do you get certified? By completing a training course and passing a written exam conducted by a competent properly certified instructor.
Clearly you need to be certified.
Now that you understand that let’s look at some of the regulatory aspects of the crime scene cleaning biorecovery industry.
Crime scene clean up bio-recovery falls under OSHA General Industry and Construction standards. You may view the links below to go to OSHA and read them.