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.
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