The local people who would clean up after confirmed case of Ebola

Posted at 1:18 AM, Oct 15, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-15 01:18:31-04

RICHMOND, Va.  -- Companies that clean up bio-hazardous material weigh in on Ebola.

"There's a few that just do not want to be a part of it, I don't blame them, it's pretty scary" says John Vaughn, inside his office at Steri-Clean.

The franchise owner, who based his service out of Richmond, says he is gearing up his company just in case but he also understands if some of his employee's, want no part of that job.

"My answer, even knowing what the protocol would be to take care of it, my answer would be, no personally, just because of the danger factor" says Alex Riddick, who is Vaughn's Operations Manager.

While some employee's have said no, others are on board if the need arises to do a clean up at an Ebola contaminated site.

Vaughn says the key is making sure his employee's are educated about the dangers and any added precautions they may have to take.

After all, they specialize in cleaning up bio-hazardous materials, just as blood and body fluids at a crime scene.

There is also another component to the clean up equation, which is proper disposal.

Stericycle is a leading provider of regulated medical waste disposal and says they are prepared to transport Ebola contaminated material, if the situation arises here in Virginia, following both CDC and U.S. Department of Transportation guidelines.