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How Are Meth Contaminated Homes going undetected?

  • Meth Labs – Only 1 in 10 meth labs are ever found.
    • The 9 undetected Meth Labs, when found by the property owners, are given a quick clean and redecorated so they look apealling to any new tenant or purchaser.
    • Contamination levels to many 000’s mµ/100cm² (micrograms/100 square cetremeters)
  • Smoking Crystal Ice inside – Australia has the highest number of meth users in the English speaking world.
    • Lower contamination levels generaly below 100mµ/100cm²

The property owner is ultimately responsible to ensure a premises is safe for habitation, after the discovery of meth contamination above 0.5 micrograms in a space 10cm square, under the Australian Governments Recommended Guidelines.

Remediation Required – Where a test reveals contamination above 0.5 μg/100cm2 the Appropriate Authority issues a Pollution Control/Prohibition Order or other Environmental Order against the property (and owner). Remediation cleaning will then be required to remove hazardous levels of methamphetamine, after which an independent test is then completed to confirm if remediation has been successful. If readings are below the 0.5 μg/100cm2 then a clearance will be issued, otherwise further remediation may be necessary.

Governmental Quote from the
Clandestine Drug Laboratory Remediation Guidelines

“Surfaces contaminated with meth at a level greater than
0.5 micrograms/100 sq cm are considered unacceptable

Definition of contaminated:
To make (something) impure by exposure to or addition of a poisonous or polluting substance.

Definition of unacceptable:
Not satisfactory or allowable.

If a home is contaminated with a substance, at a level that is unacceptable, then surely that
home should be considered to be uninhabitable.

Definition of uninhabitable:
Not suitable to live in.

A landlords responsibility includes treating potential health-threatening issues as part
of their obligation to provide a habitable premise.

For meth testing in Sydney’s western suburbs “Meth Testing” can help.

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