Meth Testing and Remediating Properties

An Approved and Accredited Provider by the Department of Health Western Australia 

There are four steps in the remediation process:

  1. On site survey and Inspection
  2. Forensic Testing and Assessment
  3. Remediation and Decontamination clean
  4. Forensic Validation testing

 

Why Forensic Pathways?

Forensic Pathways provides an accredited (Department of Health approved) service for assessing, screening, testing and remediation of properties contaminated with methamphetamine.

Our staff have scientific, forensic and legal qualifications setting us apart from the rest of the field.

Our staff will attend your property and carry out a thorough visual examination for signs of methamphetamine, use, manufacture and contamination.
The Forensic Assessment involves taking samples to determine if contamination is present.
Our testing procedure is done in accordance with Australian and International standards.
Samples are sent to an independent lab for analysis.

If the property is found to be contaminated, we provide you with a comprehensive Remediation Action Plan which outlines the procedures required to effectively remove the methylamphetamine contamination and any other hazards.

In accordance with governmental standards remediation requires decontamination to near non detectable levels. Normal commercial cleaning products have proved ineffective therefore we only employ a specific neutralising agent to ensure the property is decontaminated to safe and accepted levels. We utilise the latest cleaning and testing technology to ensure these standards are met.

The remediation (cleaning) process will follow and depending on the site assessment can include, but not limited to:

  • Removal and disposal of all lose waste material
  • Removal and disposal of all contaminated furniture and window treatments
  • Removal and disposal of all biohazard material including syringes and other drug paraphernalia
  • Decontamination treatment of all internal surfaces using specific methamphetamine neutralizing chemicals
  • Wash and vacuum extract surfaces with standard commercial cleaning reagents.
  • Flush all drains (kitchen, bathroom and outside drains) with chemical neutralizers.
  • Steam clean al soft furnishings including blinds
  • High pressure clean all paved areas
  • Soil check for chemical disposal sites

Following the remediation process, the property will be re-tested and samples sent to an independent laboratory for analysis. The laboratory uses state of the art chromatography techniques that are extremely sensitive to very small levels of contaminant. Once the property is deemed to be safe, we will provide a validation report and sign off for re-habitation.

Meth Testing and Remediation Process

The assessment, detection and remediation of properties contaminated with methamphetamine should only be carried out by accredited, experienced and qualified contractors. Forensic Pathways is an approved provider of these services and our staff are scientifically and legally qualified

Forensic Assessment and Testing

Clandestine Meth labs and methamphetamine users contaminate properties with dangerous toxins and chemicals that attach not only to themselves but to most surfaces within a property, even after the ‘cooking’ apparatus has been removed by police.The chemicals are transferred through contact, air conditioners and other ventilation systems making contamination widespread and difficult to remove. Properties can also be heavily contaminated by those just smoking or using meth. The meth vapours can pose serious health problems to anyone inhabiting a contaminated property.

Remediation

Due to a wide variety of issues, including liability and insurance and a current lack of readily accessible information, many contaminated premises are being cleaned incorrectly and unsafely, potentially exposing both current and future occupants (or anyone who enters the property without suitable protective equipment) to serious health risks. Forensic Pathways offers the highest quality meth clan lab cleaning service available on the market today.In accordance with governmental standards remediation requires decontamination to near non detectable levels.

Forensic Validation and Verification Testing

In order to sign off a property the levels of methamphetaminecontamination must be below the accepted Australian Standard of 0.5ug/100cm2 (internal surfaces of residential properties). On completion of the remediation, the property will again be tested and samples sent to an independent laboratory for analysis. Once the property is certified as contaminant free, we will sign off the property for re-habitation.

FAQ’s on Methamphetamine

Dangers of Meth Labs?

Due to the chemicals and processes used to produce Meth, Clandestine laboratories can explode, catch fire and contaminate the soil, water and surfaces. Also, when moving into a new property that has been used to manufacture Meth people have experienced health issues such as skin irritation, breathing problems, and burns. The long term effects of being exposed to a house that has been used to manufacture Methamphetamine are unknown but a study carried out by Toxicology Sciences in 2009 suggested that Meth could cause cancer.

What are Meth Labs?

Chemicals that can be purchased over the counter can be used to produce meth. Medications such as cold and flu tablets containing Ephedrine or Pseudoephedrine, Hydrochloric Acid, Drain Cleaners and Battery Acid are the most commonly included ingredients. Instructions on how to synthesize Meth are readily available on the internet. This makes Meth more accessible than ever. The drug can be produced in homemade laboratories known as Clandestine Labs. Clandestine Labs can be found anywhere from rural areas to suburban cities.

Nicknames and Street Names for Methamphetamine?

Methamphetamine has many alternative names, below is list of some but not comprehensive: Crystal, Crystal Glass, Crystal Meth, Christina, Tina, Cris, Cristy, Chalk, Chalk Dust, Meth, Ice, Speed, Geep, Getter, Getgo, Go Fast, Trash, Garbage, Wash, White Cross, White Crunch, Hanyak, Hironpon, Hiropon, Hot Ice, Super Ice, Batu, Kaksonjae, LA Glass, LA Ice, Ice Cream, Quartz, Chunky Love, Cookies, Cotton Candy, Dunk, Gak, Go-Go Juice, Junk, No Doze, Pookie, Rocket Fuel, Scooby Snax.

What is Methamphetamine?

Methamphetamine is a central nervous stimulant that has a high potential for abuse. The substance is highly addictive and is abused around the world including Australia. It is illegal to produce and consume and is sold in a number of forms such as powders capsules and pills.