Disgusting Look Inside ‘Crime Scene Cleaners’ Training Room

Footage shared online offers a glimpse of what a “training day” looks like for bio-recovery technicians working at a crime scene.

Before you play, let me assure you that this is all wrong!

A TikTok user who goes by the handle “@HazmatDan” regularly educates and entertains his thousands of followers with his experiences as a bio-recovery technician; work that involves “assessing risks, mitigating threats and remedying conditions resulting from the release of biological hazards”.

According to the American Bio Recovery Association, the job may involve working in “crime and trauma mitigation” involving “bloodborne and bodily fluids”, with one such scene displayed by Hazmat Dan in the so-called “Blood Room” at his seat.

The training room had been set up to look like it had recently been the scene of some sort of bloody massacre, with stains and ‘blood’ splattered all over the bed, walls and furniture.

Supermarket products are used to imitate human remains. Credit: @hazmatdan/TikTok

The TikTok user explained that technicians-in-training undergo “thorough assessments,” for which “fictional scenes are set up to replicate a standard trauma scene.”

A heater in the room was used to simulate an “accelerated decomposition” environment, while ingredients from the supermarket are used to mimic substances and creatures the technicians might encounter in such a scene.

In this particular training room, rice was used to represent blowfly larvae, birdseed represented the husks left behind by flies, and meat products served as “biomatter and human remains.”

Bio-recovery technicians are described by the American Bio Recovery Association as “unsung heroes” who can offer help when family members must “deal with an unforgettable mess or contaminated property” after first responders or environmental health officials have left the scene.

Rice is used to mimic blowfly larvae.  Credit: @hazmatdan/TikTok
Rice is used to mimic blowfly larvae. Credit: @hazmatdan/TikTok

Workers are responsible for handling substances that “pose a threat to the health of living organisms, primarily that of humans”, including “medical waste or samples of a microorganism, virus or disease”. ‘a toxin (from a biological source) that can affect human health’, as well as substances harmful to other animals.

Hazmat Dan left viewers wondering if they “have what it takes to be a biorecovery technician,” with many sharing their thoughts on possibly handling the job.

“I could handle blood, body parts, even just regular bugs. But maggots??!??? no,” one viewer replied, while another commented, “I’ve always wanted to do something in forensics. I don’t know why, but I’ve always been fascinated by crime scenes and stories.”

One thing is certain, you will definitely need a strong stomach!

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