Friday, 3 October 2014

Cleaning Up Ebola?

The Ebola episode in Dallas came up with an oddball story.  The local authorities got real nervous about the apartment of this guy, and they wanted a clean-up crew to come in and do a clearing/sanitizing of the place.  So they called up the normal folks.  The minute that Ebola was mentioned......NO-GO.  Over and over.

No one wanted to sign up and do the job.

So they branched out and eventually found someone who agreed to take the job.  The cost?  I'm not sure.  The journalists didn't reporting the episode didn't want to broach that question apparently, and I'd take a guess that it was double the normal hazmat rate.

I looked up the annual hazmat employee rate.  It starts out around $18 an hour now, for a guy who is certified and capable.  The US Bureau of Labor even says that a regular guy in this profession now can clear $37,590 a year.  For Ebola?  Well....there is no certification for it (not yet anyway).

I'm guessing this will open up big and bold new opportunities for various folks.  Find some hazmat professional up a fake-Ebola training program....and then hire your team out for $60 an hour per individual.

Cleaning a meth houses now costs between $3,000 and $25,000.....depending on how bad the situation is.  Cleaning an Ebola apartment?  I would imagine starting cost ought to run a minimum of $10,000, for what amounts to an entire day by two guys in suits and using a ton of sanitizing chemical stuff.  An airplane?  Man, that might run up to $50,000 easily.

Somewhere out there.....there's this guy talking to his cousin down in Natchez, Mississippi, and discussing this business venture (Ebola-Clean), and how to make money off the government or local folks.

I finished a book recently on the London Plague of 1665/66.  Typically.....when the plague got into your house.....everyone in the place was a 'goner' in a matter of a week.  Typically, the door was closed and no one ever entered.  The house just wasn't used again.  No one ever profited off the plague except those who sold fake remedies or pretended to care for folks.

It'll be curious to see just how quick the hazmat companies react, and how many new companies pop up to take on the job.

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