How to Start a Crime Scene Cleanup Business

crime scene cleanup businessStarting a crime scene cleanup business requires detailed regulation compliance and testing. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires certification in handling hazardous materials to enter into this field.

Although a college degree is not required, professionals recommend you have experience in law enforcement or emergency medical services to better prepare yourself for the types of crime scenes you may be contracted to clean.


If you decide to pursue a career in crime scene cleanup, your first step is to contact OSHA to learn more about the certification process in handling and disposing hazardous waste. You should also contact your local police and health departments to inquire about additional training or certifications offered in your area.

STEP TWO: Apply for a Business License

Contact your local small business administration office or county clerk’s office for licensing information. Apply for an employer identification number by the International Revenue Services (IRS). Register your crime scene cleanup business with the secretary of state’s office and make sure to purchase business insurance.

STEP THREE: Purchase Safety Equipment

Purchase proper protective equipment (PPE) including hazmat suits, protective boots, respirators, dust masks, heavy duty gloves, and safety glasses. You will also need to purchase hazardous waste disposal containers.

STEP FOUR: Market Your Business

Contact local funeral homes, police departments, district attorney’s offices and health departments to inform them of your new business.

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