Blood, vomit and all manner of bacteria and disease keep Dale Sullivan and Gerry Moore in business.
Crime scene clean-up. A dead body left unattended for weeks. A house in squalor and crawling with disease. These are the assignments of BioClean Remediation Service, a new Rock Hill company that specializes in the cleaning and removal of biohazards in the Charlotte region.
A dirty job, yes. But it's also one Sullivan and Moore hope to use to educate the public about just how unclean normal homes, schools and offices are, and about how people's routine cleaning practices probably aren't doing much good.
"If their eyes can't see it, they think it's clean. But, biologically, it's not clean," said Sullivan, 49, who started the company in March after becoming certified by the National Institute of Decontamination Specialists. "You didn't kill the pathogen, you just killed what your eyes can see."
BioClean is the only company of its kind in York County. Sullivan got the idea after seeing frequent news reports of E.coli, H1N1 and other outbreaks. He researched the field and found there was a market locally for biohazard specialists. He went through the required training and made contacts with area police departments, coroners and other agencies that work cases where such hazards might come into play.