Staff support

Trauma training for cleaners coping with crime scenes

Swab tests to ensure cleanliness (pic: Terry Murden)

Specialist cleaning staff at an Edinburgh firm, already at the forefront of the Covid pandemic, are being trained to cope with the mental impact of scenes of tragedy.

Perfect Clean has expanded its decontamination services into trauma cleaning, attending incidents of fatalities such as crime scenes and suicides which can be upsetting for staff.

Technicians are being sent on intensive training courses in Bristol where they undertake various virtual sessions.

The company has set up a rapid response team and is accredited by the National Academy of Crime Scene Cleaners (NACSC).

Perfect Clean was established in 2013 by Emilia Ferenc after she moved to Scotland from Poland.

Cleaning requires specialist equipment (pic: Terry Murden)

Ms Ferenc, managing director, has invested heavily in new technology such as the latest pressure washers and swab testing equipment to cope with the full range of cleaning requirements including the move into these more sensitive areas.

“The staff have been very supportive, have embraced it and are looking to further their experience and development,” she said.

“It’s not an every-day job, and maybe not for everyone. It can be very challenging mentally but I have been very proud of how the team has adapted.

“We will act quickly and effectively, using safe cleaning and disposal techniques as well as state-of-the-art decontamination equipment to restore what may be a distressing scene to a clean, safe living or working environment.

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