Meth Decontamination


 

Methamphetamine (referred to as “meth”) is a powerful, highly toxic, addictive drug that is illegally “cooked” in makeshift labs.

Just because you cannot see it, does not mean it isn’t there! Methamphetamine contamination is perhaps more dangerous than most because not only can you not see the danger, but you also breathe in the highly toxic residues which can cause respiratory and neurological damage.  These residues also permeate walls, wood, carpet and plaster.

The most common unseen dangers associated with this hazard are used needles, contaminated glassware and blood.

To return a building to an inhabitable condition requires expert knowledge and specialist skills.  Our decontamination methods and procedures are internationally approved.  Our decontamination team will assess the affected property and work in partnership with an independent testing laboratory.

 

Hazardous waste will be disposed of at an approved facility.  Nothing is overlooked, our professional decontamination team will take care of everything, working hand in hand with the property owner, they will see to everything from curtains to contaminated fixtures.  They will decontaminate the affected areas using internationally approved methods and will work with the independent laboratory to provide decontamination testing before and after the process, if the owner has not already done so. 

 

People who enter a meth lab before it has been properly cleaned and ventilated may experience headaches, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, shortness of breath, coughing, chest pain, lack of coordination, burns and even death. Risk of injury or toxicity from chemical exposure varies, depending on the toxic properties of the chemicals or byproducts, their quantity and form, concentration, duration of exposure, and route of exposure.

 

Some of the warning signs of a suspected meth lab include, but are not limited to:

  • Windows covered with plastic or tin foil
  • Strong or unusual odors (solvents, ammonia, ether-like, vinegar-like, pungent or sour)
  • Unusual or unconventional security systems or other devices
  • Excessive rubbish (either littering the property or put out for collection on rubbish collection days)
  • Increased activity, especially at night
  • Unusual structures in the building of the property
  • Discoloration of structures, pavement and soil