WHAT IS METH?
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A METH LAB AND A USER SITE?
As meth labs are easy to set up, they can be found in any type of property and in any suburb. If a site has been used as a meth lab, levels of contamination are likely to be much higher than if it has been occupied by meth users and especially so, where manufacture has been on a large scale.
DOES LIVING IN A METH CONTAMINATED HOUSE CAUSE HEALTH ISSUES?
Health issues include dizziness, headaches, sleep disorders, behavioural issues, breathing problems and skin rashes. More serious long term issues are still being researched, but current studies suggest problems could include serious respiratory problems and possibly even cancers.
CAN I SEE CONTAMINATION?
IS IT POSSIBLE TO TELL IF MY PROPERTY HAS BEEN USED FOR METH USE OR MANUFACTURE?
- Cat urine (ammonia) or chemical smells
- Stains on the wall or evidence of recent cleaning above what you might usually expect
- Evidence that windows have been blacked out
- Rubbish around the property such as glassware, containers and chemical packaging
- Burn piles.
Things to look for if a property has been a meth user site:
- Missing lightbulbs
- Property neglect – unclean, rubbish piles, unmaintained
- Reports of lots of visitors to the property – day and night
- Occupants may also experience unexplained symptoms of ill-health.
IS THERE ANY WAY TELL FOR SURE IF MY PROPERTY IS CONTAMINATED?
HOW MUCH WORK IS INVOLVED IN DECONTAMINATION?
Meth labs require more remediation work than properties where the drug has simply been present at a user site. The chemicals and toxins involved in the manufacturing process may remain in-situ and the detectable levels of meth and precursors are higher in these properties than in most user sites.
In most cases soft furnishings including curtains and carpets will need to be removed and replaced. In more extreme cases the kitchen, bathroom and laundry work surfaces plus other fixtures and fittings may need to be removed and disposed of. There is the possibility that even parts of the property may require demolition in order to ensure the contamination has been completely eradicated.
WHO SHOULD GET A METH TEST?
WHAT TYPE OF TEST DO I NEED?
2) Lab Composite Individual Test where there is a POSITIVE result giving an average contamination reading for the entire property.
3) Detailed Forensic Test where Test 2 average contamination level is above 0.5μg/100cm² to determine the areas to be decontaminated. No need to revisit property.
WHAT AREAS DO YOU TEST?
IS THE TEST GUARANTEED?
Negative 99.38%, Positive 97.45%.
All sampling is conducted by a trained sampling Technician using NIOSH Method 9111 and a supporting Lab (where necessary).
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