Testing for Methamphetamine

Step 1

Is a phone consultation to provide us with a bit more information such as the reasons for the test, the history of the building, details of any areas of concern and if there is any involvement with the Police.  We will also discuss with you which testing method is recommended.  Please see below our testing options.  

Step 2

We will conduct a non-invasive visual inspection to identify any signs of meth.

Step 3

We will take residue samples from surfaces that will assist us to identify if there are traces of meth.

Step 4

If required, we use an independent laboratory who is approved by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) who will analyse the samples taken to see if there are any traces of meth. 

 

Step 5

If contamination is found, you will need to organise for an independent specialist company to clean the contaminated areas.

 

Step 6

After remediation has taken place.  We will come and do a post-sample to confirm all the contamination has been removed and there is no longer a risk. 

 

Rapid/Presumptive Screening Test

Accepted for Screening 

This test provides an instant positive or negative result to methamphetamine over the Australian Guidelines (0.5ug over a 100cm squared area). It is used for identifying if the building has been contaminated with methamphetamine residue.  Unfortunately this test will not provide a numerical result of the contamination level.  If a positive result is found, we recommend that further testing is completed using the NIOSH 9111 test. 

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NIOSH 9111 Complainant / individual discrete test

 

Accepted for Screening, Detailed Testing and Validation/Remediation Testing.

 

This test is the most popular test and most suitable as an individual NISOH 9111 wipe sample.  The sample is taken over 100cm squared surface and sent to the NATA approved laboratory to be analysed. The laboratory will test each individual sample for contamination for the amount on the area tested. If the area comes back positive this will indicate what process is needed to sufficiently remediate / decontaminate that given area. 

 

Results are usually received back from the lab within 3-5 working days. 

Advantages

Accurate Reading – Samples are analysed individually giving you an exact reading of the contamination level for all areas of your property, not just a positive or negative result or theoretical results.

 

Professional Insight – with a trained technician collecting the samples, you will receive insightful and developed advice on the state of your property.

 

Remediation Action Plan – each sample is analysed individually so the result will show an exact reading for each room and a Remediation Action Plan can be completed.

Disadvantages

Cost – Discrete Laboratory Testing is required for each room of your property to be sampled which will increase the screening costs.

Laboratory Composite Test

 

Accepted for Detailed Testing and Validation/Remediation Testing

(when results are individualised though a two stage method)

This test involves the collection of a maximum of 10 individual wipe samples from all high and low risk areas of your building using the NIOSH 9111 testing method.  These wipes are then sent off to a NATA approved laboratory. Any contamination in the anaylsed individual results are combined in equal proportions to create a new result called "laboratory composite". This result will reference a theoretical maximum contamination result from all samples taken from your building but will not say the exact areas. 

 

The next step for you is to decide if you would like individual samples to be taken.  This will show results for each area and the amount of contamination.  This information would be required so a remediation plan can be provided accordingly.

This would require an additional charge on top of the initial laboratory composite test.

 

Advantages: Composite Meth Testing 
Cost Effective – the screening company is being charged for one reading, the cost to you is lower.

Accurate Results – samples from up to 10 rooms are analysed together, giving you an accurate reading of the theoretical contamination level for all areas of the property, not just a positive or negative result.

Professional Insight – the samples are being collected by a trained sampling technician and you will receive insightful and developed advice on the state of your property.

Disadvantages: Composite Meth Testing

No Exact Reading – laboratory Composite Meth Residue Testing gives an ‘average’ result of contamination from all samples taken, not the actual level in each individual room.

 

No Remediation Action Plan – a remediation action plan cannot be implemented without further testing as the levels are indicative of the whole of the property, not each individual room.

 

Additional Costs – further Laboratory Testing is required if positive results occur, meaning further expenditure.

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