Bio-One of Columbus decontamination and biohazard cleaning services

The Biohazard Report - February 2023

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“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count.  It’s the life in your years.”

~Abraham Lincoln

Aging and Independence

February is National Senior Independence Month. During this month, we celebrate those older adults who are successfully living in our communities and focus on how to preserve that independence long-term. Successful and healthy aging “in place” requires community engagement & assistance that we all can provide to our seniors.

Risks to losing independence in late life include limited mobility and social isolation. Older adults in the community may struggle to keep up with cleaning due to health issues or hide problems with hygiene due to shame or embarrassment, ultimately resulting in a decline of well-being and loss of independence.

Here are some simple tips to successfully age in place and keep a home safe:

  • Declutter all living areas in the home
  • Install more lighting
  • Make sure floors and stairs are anti-slip
  • Use aging-friendly furniture
  • Proactively modify bathrooms with assistive devices

Decluttering is a significant challenging in late life because of the sentimental attachment to objects, fatigue preventing the person from deep cleaning, fear of change, or undiagnosed mental or physical health issues. Hiring a professional to assist with this process can reduce the fear and anxiety as well as reduce the physical burden on the person.

If you know an older adult struggling to maintain their independence due to hoarding behaviors, pile-up of gross filth, or clutter that impairs mobility, call Bio-One Columbus today. We can remediate home spaces to be livable and support seniors to maintain independence for as long as possible.

Did You Know?

Ohio has the 18th largest population of adults over 65 in the United States! Other informative statistics include:

  • Ohio has more than 2.8 million people aged 60 and older, or around 25% of Ohio’s total population.
  • Approximately 35% of older adults in Ohio live alone.
  • For those over 65, three-quarters have at least one chronic health condition and 43% have two or more conditions.
  • Older adults who report frequent mental distress also have poorer physical health.

Community Connections: Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging

The Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging supports healthy aging in the community. They plan, fund, & deliver services to keep older adults and those with disabilities safe and independent in their home. Services include assistance in finding home health care, transportation, meals, and homemaking. They also provide educational programs for caregivers and the public. For more information, visit their website at COAAA

Tim's Corner

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In 2022 Bio-One Columbus helped a total of 223 families and businesses.  It’s a number that reflects a staggering amount of need for services here in our community.  When I talk about that level of need, I’m often asked, “What’s your most common job?”  While the scope of our remediation work ranges from trauma scenes to hoarding remediation and beyond, the most common call I consistently receive is from an older adult (or a family member of an older adult). 

The situations are invariably similar in their presentation. The resident has some degree of physical disability, often paired with depression, and the situation in the home has progressed beyond their ability to recover without outside help. The home may be full of trash that was too heavy for the resident to get to a proper receptacle. Pets may not have been taken outside for days or longer, and litter boxes may not have been changed in weeks, months or even years. The end result is an environment that is not safe for the resident. Shame makes it nearly impossible to ask for help once this cycle has begun.

This is where Bio-One makes a significant difference. Health, safety and dignity are at the core of what we strive to restore for our clients in these situations. My advice: Reach out for help early and often. There’s no shame in asking for help when you need it. There are resources in place to help.

Bio-One of Columbus is a leader in crime scene cleanup and biohazard decontamination services in Columbus. Our technicians are highly skilled and have been trained on OSHA's safety standards.  Bio-One of Columbus continues to be the most passionate and caring company in the cleaning services industry. For more information, visit us at

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“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go. They merely determine where you start.”

~ Nido Qubein

Fresh Start for the New Year

Happy New Year! The first of the year has historically been a time when people review the past and resolve to do better in the future. Whether it’s to exercise more, lose weight or de-clutter a home, almost 80% of people fail at their New Year’s resolutions by February. The American Psychological Association notes that while a high number of resolutions fail, it does not mean setting a resolution is a negative thing. In fact, several factors can increase success.

Research shows that those who achieve their resolutions are more successful because (1) they set small and achievable goals and (2) they enlist outside support! If your resolution was to de-clutter living spaces or storage units, find and eliminate that odor you’ve dealt with for months, or to finally deep clean your home, Bio-One Columbus offers the support you need to be successful.  

Before & After

This before and after photo shows only a small bit of what Bio-One Columbus can do for you. Call us today at 614-743-1795 for a service consultation.

Bio-One Service Spotlight

January’s Bio-One spotlight is on our decluttering and deep cleaning services. We will work with you to identify valuables, declutter and deep clean the space, and create a healthier and safer living environment. To learn more, visit our website at this link.

Bio-One of Columbus is a leader in crime scene cleanup and biohazard decontamination services in Columbus. Our technicians are highly skilled and have been trained on OSHA's safety standards.  Bio-One of Columbus continues to be the most passionate and caring company in the cleaning services industry. For more information, visit us at

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“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

~Winston S. Churchill

Bio-One Columbus – Benefits of Giving

December is a month of honoring the gifts that we give to each other. Science shows that giving to others provides us with a boost of happiness, links to better physical and emotional health, promotes social connection, evokes gratitude and is contagious.

Bio-One Columbus is happy to be part of a community that gives so generously of their time, money and energy to support those in difficult times. Thanks to all our community partners, customers, and employees for all you give year-round.

Did You Know?

December is National Giving Month:

  • In 2021, Americans gave $484.85 billion to charities.
  • Approximately 1/3 of all annual giving happens in December.
  • One-fifth of annual non-profit revenue is raised in the month December.

Bio-One Service Spotlight

December’s Bio-One spotlight is on our virus and bacteria disinfection services. Winter is a time of high virus transmission. We are here to properly disinfect and clean areas according to OSHA and CDC regulations. To learn more, visit our website at this link

Tim's Corner

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From our Bio-One Columbus family to yours, we would like to wish you Happy Holidays this month. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or all of the above, we hope it is a month filled with peace, joy and love.

Bio-One of Columbus is a leader in crime scene cleanup and biohazard decontamination services in Columbus. Our technicians are highly skilled and have been trained on OSHA's safety standards.  Bio-One of Columbus continues to be the most passionate and caring company in the cleaning services industry. For more information, visit us at

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“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

~John F. Kennedy

Bio-One Columbus – The Power of Gratitude

November is National Gratitude Month, a time to celebrate and give thanks. Showing gratitude is a healthy way to decrease stress, improve health and build strong relationships. 

During this month, Bio-One Columbus is grateful to our current and past business partners for trusting us with your biohazard remediation needs.

Did You Know?

Veterans Day is a federal holiday in the United States observed annually on November 11, for honoring military veterans, who are people who have served in the United States Armed Forces. The first celebration using the term Veterans Day occurred in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1947. In 1954, Congress passed the bill that President Eisenhower signed proclaiming November 11 as Veterans Day.

Bio-One Columbus would like to honor our current employees who are also veterans:

Sgt Marc Joslyn - Army (Charlie Company; Ft. Meade, MD)

Sgt. Marc Joselyn, pictured here with his father

Kris Kielhorn - Navy

Kris Keilhorn, Navy

Holly Maxwell, Army

(Not pictured)

Thank you for your service!

Bio-One Spotlight

This month's spotlight is on James Pisanek, Bio-One Columbus's longest-serving employee. James started with Bio-One Columbus in December of 2019 and currently serves as a Senior Project Manager. For him, the most meaningful part of working at Bio-One is helping people in their time of need and making a difference in their lives.

James's piece of advice for others is to "Be your best at all times!" He stays true to his own advice with hard work and dedication to a job well done onsite.

Tim's Corner

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In 2016 when I opened Bio-One Columbus, I had a lot of expectations that were realized in fairly short order.  I expected to see a lot of families in crisis.  I expected to see the pain and trauma that often follow senseless tragedy.  I expected to offer help and a measure of comfort to people in ways that are only made possible because of the unique nature of the services we provide, and I expected to work harder than I’d ever worked in my life.

What I didn’t expect was just how much of a difference we would have the opportunity to make almost every day.  Whether it was the hours of exhaustively detailed work often required to make a home safe or just a compassionate statement offered with genuine empathy, I consistently heard from our clients how the job we did and the manner in which we did it impacted them.  I was and continue to be humbled when a family member in the middle of what is often the worst day of their life stops to thank us and share their thoughts and feelings.  That’s what I didn’t expect, and that’s the thing for which I’m the most grateful.  

I’m continually reminded that we all have opportunities to make a difference in whatever role we occupy.  Even something as small as a kind word or gesture is often all it takes.  The opportunities are everywhere.  We just have to look for those moments and be grateful for each of them.

~Tim Lockard, Owner of Bio-One Columbus

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Bio-One of Columbus is a leader in crime scene cleanup and biohazard decontamination services in Columbus. Our technicians are highly skilled and have been trained on OSHA's safety standards.  Bio-One of Columbus continues to be the most passionate and caring company in the cleaning services industry. For more information, visit us at

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“The best the world has to offer comes from

the best you have to give to others.”

~Matshona Dhliwayo

Bio-One Columbus – Making A Difference

One of the most important aspects of Bio-One Columbus’s work is the meaningful impact we make in our customer’s lives. The reviews speak for themselves, but we would like to highlight a few:

  • They could’ve not have made it any easier for our family. My mom was able to stay in her home after she lost her husband of 33 years. They are the best in this business. ~Lori, Columbus
  • It was nice to get a compassionate group of people who genuinely not only cared about the job, but was able to settle my dad's nerves with what he was able to keep. ~Taylor, Columbus
  • This company has so much empathy. We unfortunately experienced a tragic accident and Tim was quick to come the same day. He was very caring and understanding. Thank you so much for making this process a little easier on our lives. ~Jenny, Columbus

Did You Know?

National Make A Difference Day is October 22. Make a Difference Day was established in 1992 to offer community support and encourage volunteerism across the country. Since its inception, Make a Difference Day has inspired over 30 million volunteer hours.

Some ideas for this day:

  • Volunteer in your community.
  • Be a mentor.
  • Make a charitable donation.
  • Organize a food drive.
  • Say a kind word of support.

Community Connections

Cornerstone of Hope is an organization dedicated to providing support, education and hope for the grieving. Cornerstone of Hope offers grieving individuals and families the chance to cope with their loss and emerge from their pain with a renewed sense of purpose. For more information, visit their website at

Tim's Corner

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Tim Lockard is the owner of Bio-One of Columbus. As a paramedic for almost 20 years, Tim understands the need for compassionate help for families who have experienced tragedy. His years of experience in emergency response have given him an intimate understanding of how to help families in crisis. Tim and his team bring this professionalism and expertise to every job. He has a true passion for helping others and serving those in his community.

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Denver, CO August 19, 2022 – Inc. revealed that Bio-One is No. 4,365 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in America. The list represents a one-of-a-kind look at the most successful companies within the economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent businesses. Facebook, Chobani, Under Armour, Microsoft, Patagonia, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000. 
Sandi Ellis, President of Bio-One, had this to say about the achievement: “We are honored to be recognized and this is only possible because of our amazing Bio-One owners across the United States. Every Bio-One owner works hard in their community, and we thank them for their time, dedication, and sacrifices.”
The companies on the 2022 Inc. 5000 have not only been successful, but have also demonstrated resilience amid supply chain woes, labor shortages, and the ongoing impact of Covid-19. Among the top 500, the average median three-year revenue growth rate soared to 2,144 percent. Together, those companies added more than 68,394 jobs over the past three years. 
Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at The top 500 companies are featured in the September issue of Inc. magazine, which will be available on August 23. 
“The accomplishment of building one of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S., in light of recent economic roadblocks, cannot be overstated,” said Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc. “Inc. is thrilled to honor the companies that have established themselves through innovation, hard work, and rising to the challenges of today.” 
Ellis said, “While the ranking is a wonderful reflection of the company’s growth in the past 12 years, I am also excited for the future of Bio-One. We’re investing in new technology, improving our digital strategies, and are in the middle of launching a new brand. It’s an exciting time to be part of Bio-One!”
Bio-One Inc. is the first crime and trauma scene cleaning franchise with over 125 locations. Each location is owned and operated locally by caring members of their respective communities. In an effort to boost business growth and impact more areas, Bio-One was acquired by Five Star Franchising last year. Bio-One has been ranked in Entrepreneur magazine’s 43rd Annual Franchise 500 for 2022, and in 2021 placed number one in Entrepreneur’s Best of the Best for Crime Scene Cleaning and Trauma Scene Cleaning.
Sandi Ellis
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More about Inc. and the Inc. 5000 

Companies on the 2022 Inc. 5000 are ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2018 to 2021. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2018. They must be U.S.-based, privately held, for-profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2021. (Since then, some on the list may have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2018 is $100,000; the minimum for 2021 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Growth rates used to determine company rankings were calculated to four decimal places. The top 500 companies on the Inc. 5000 are featured in Inc. magazine’s September issue. The entire Inc. 5000 can be found at
About Inc. 
The world’s most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community to build great companies. Its award-winning multiplatform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across a variety of channels including websites, newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion in the 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers, and the credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent. The associated Inc. 5000 Conference & Gala is part of a highly acclaimed portfolio of bespoke events produced by Inc. For more information, visit
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First Responder Relay Presented by Bio-One, Inc.

We are delighted to announce our sponsorship of the First Responder Relay in Las Vegas on October 16th. The First Responders Relay is a 9 person 48-mile running relay with stages ranging from 4.0 miles to 7.7 miles. The relay is competition comprised of first responder personnel from throughout the United States and the World, and is hosted by the California Police Athletic Federation (CPAF).

There is still time to register, but don't delay! Registration closes September 18.  Visit to join us in Las Vegas!


The California Police Athletic Federation (CPAF) is proud to announce that the 2021 United States Police & Fire Championships (USPFC) are now Presented by Bio-One, Inc. 


Operating under the motto, "Help First, Business Second," Bio-One provides high-level decontamination and biohazard cleanup services while offering clients the privacy and compassion needed at difficult times. Bio-One operates in 41 states with over 110 locations and is committed to providing first-class service. 


"We are thrilled to add Bio-One as the Presenting Sponsor for the 2021 USPFC because   First Responders warrant our support," said California Police Athletic Federation President LC Collins. "Bio-One’s reputation is second to none, and with their partnership, we can offer first responders a health and wellness outlet.  We look forward to working with them for years to come."


Founded by San Diego Police Lieutenant Veon "Duke" Nyhus, The United States Police & Fire Championships were first held in San Diego in 1967. Duke recognized the need to promote physical fitness and camaraderie among the Public Safety and First Responder community members. 


The USPFC caters to active and retired public safety and first responders who participate in Olympic-style competitions and open to individuals representing firefighters, law enforcement, and officers from corrections, probation, border protection, immigration, and customs across the country. Traditionally athletes compete in 45+ sporting events from biathlon to motocross across 35+ venues in Southern California.


"At Bio-One our support for Law Enforcement and Fire Service Officers is unwavering, and we're thrilled to partner with the California Police Athletic Federation during this memorable event," said Nick-Anthony Zamucen, founder of Bio-One. "We wish each athlete success and look forward to celebrating these everyday heroes."


The 2021 USPFC Presented by Bio-One will take place from June 10th to the 19th in venues across San Diego, California, and strengthen the relationship between First Responders and the community for many years to come!


About the United States Police and Fire Championships

The California Police Athletic Federation (CPAF) is the parent organization of two multi-sport programs designed for peace officers and firefighters. The World Police & Fire Games (WPFG) are open to active and retired law enforcement and fire service personnel throughout the world. The United States Police & Fire Championships (USPFC) are open to active or retired public safety and first responder personnel from an eligible agency within the USA. For more information, please visit 


Losing a loved one in an accident is incomprehensibly painful. The seeming unfairness and randomness of the moment is almost impossible to accept at first as grieving friends and family members try to rationalize what happened. They often feel guilty for not doing enough to prevent the death despite the fact that the incident was entirely out of their control. But nobody can prepare for the sudden and unexpected. Accidental deaths are by definition unnatural and unintentional. They include slips and falls, traffic accidents, poisonings, accidental weapon wounds, drownings, fire injuries, head traumas, industrial accidents, choking deaths, explosions, and natural disasters. Fatal accidents have always been a leading cause of death in America. But unfortunately, they are becoming more common.

According to the non-profit National Safety Council, accidental deaths increased 96 percent over the last 25 years.  Though they decreased significantly between 1950 and 1980, fatal accidents have been growing rapidly since the mid-1990s.Despite our innovation in creating safer technologies, today’s rate of 52.2 deaths per 100,000 people hasn’t been seen since the mid-1970s. Now, accidents are the number one leading cause of death for people aged 1 to 44, according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionFor all demographics, they are the third leading cause of death nationwide, with 169,936 deaths reported by the CDC in 2017.

While researchers have not reached a consensus on why accidental deaths are increasing, the NSC points to three trends to explain the rise, including increases in poisonings, motor vehicle deaths and falls among older adults. All of these injuries are preventable, they say, arguing on their website that institutions “have not consistently prioritized safety at work, at home and on the road”. Poisonings, the leading unintentional injury among CDC data, increased 11 percent between 2016 and 2017 The NSC attributes the growth to the opioid crisis, which claimed the lives of 47,000 Americans in 2017 .

To put the CDC data into perspective, 466 people die from accidental injuries every day The number of friends and family members affected by the death of a loved one is even higher, resulting in an ever-growing community of people who must find ways to manage their grief. Bio-One works with these families every day to facilitate their steps towards recovery.

When fatal accidents happen, we dedicate our resources to helping families restore their home or business in a safe, private and efficient manner. Because first responders do not decontaminate crime scenes after they respond to a call, we step in to ensure that families are not exposed to disease and other dangers. Crime scenes harbor harmful bloodborne pathogens that contaminate the immediate area, leaving everyone on the property vulnerable to Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Our licensed technicians use powerful, environmentally safe chemicals to thoroughly disinfect the area so you can rest assured that your family will be safe. We work with an appreciation for your valuables and will replace furnishings if need be. In hoarding situations, we remove clutter that may present a danger to other inhabitants, including feces and other biological waste.

                  When you give us a call at your local Bio-One office, we’ll immediately connect you with a representative that will address your unique situation. Because we value your time during this difficult moment, a team will be dispatched to your home or business within an hour to complete the service. When they arrive, they’ll come in unmarked vehicles to safeguard your privacy. Our team approaches their work with the sensitivity it demands and endeavors to address your needs with the compassion it deserves. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We are on standby 24/7/365.

We often forget about the people left behind in the wake of a homicide. News stories reveal who died but often fail to identify how their death impacts their loved ones. When someone is murdered, their family, friends and significant others endure one of the most traumatic experiences that anyone can face. These survivors are some of the least researched crime victims in America, and they are everywhere. According to the most recent FBI data, 16,214 Americans were murdered in 2018For every one of those individuals an average of 7 to 10 relatives were severely impacted, according to an estimate by Lu Redmond, a homicide grief expert

If the murder rate remains consistent, Redmond’s estimate means between 113,000 and 162,000 Americans will become homicide survivors each year. That’s in addition to the pool of survivors who already lost loved ones in previous years.  Though the lack of research makes it impossible to quantify how many total homicide survivors there are in America, the number is high enough to warrant concern for how they are treated by health professionals.

For survivors, the grieving process is almost impossible to endure. Though loved ones will grieve in different ways depending on their relationship with the victim, the loss is shocking, unimaginable and absolute. They never had a chance to say goodbye to their loved one, and the plans they both shared will never come to fruition. This realization may be sudden. In some cases, it may take years. Some survivors find it difficult to accept a loved one’s death at first, resulting in a delayed reaction that is triggered by a situation that reminds them of the victim. According to the National Center of Victims of Crime, grief symptoms include shock, disbelief, numbness, changes in appetite and sleeping patterns, difficulty concentrating, anger, confusion, increased anxiety and fear. Financial loss, depression and family conflict are also common symptoms.

                        Discovering a murdered loved one in the home can trigger post traumatic stress disorder. After the first responders leave the scene, some survivors may feel compelled to clean up the aftermath themselves. Confused that the paramedics don’t complete this work, they may think the cleanup process is their responsibility and act immediately. After all, they want to restore the scene as quickly as possible. Operating in a state of shock, they’ll remove the blood stains, body tissue and contaminated materials from the home without recognizing the threat to their physical and mental health. In addition to exposing their body to dangerous bloodborne pathogens, survivors may experience traumatic flashbacks of the experience in the future and suffer from heightened anxiety and emotional numbness. These PTSD symptoms prolong the recovery process, making it even more difficult for survivors to cope with their new lives. 

             Bio-One works with communities across the nation to avoid this outcome. We employ certified technicians that respond to scenes of violent crime and clean up dangerous biohazards that pose a threat to you and your family. When we receive a request for our services, we’ll send a team to the job site within an hour to assess your situation and perform a comprehensive cleaning solution that restores the property. Our powerful, environmentally friendly chemicals eradicate harmful pathogens that spread Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV, giving you assurance that you will be safe long after the area is decontaminated. We’ll dispose of the infected materials that cannot be salvaged and replace flooring and other furnishings if we need to. Once the area is thoroughly cleaned, we’ll return it to its pre-incident state so you can focus on recovering.

              We conduct this work because we want to help people who have been left to deal with a difficult, painful task. That’s why our company motto is “Help first, business second.” We don’t ask for payment until after the job is complete because we want to remove the safety threat from your home as quickly as you do. Every person on our team will arrive on-site with an understanding of the trauma you are going through and a respect for your privacy and personal needs. Contact your local Bio-One office today and we’ll immediately connect you with a representative that can assist you. We are available 24/7/365.