Ranging in scale from small ‘shake and bake’ operations to sophisticated and highly toxic and volatile operations, the chemicals and hazardous nature of chemical by-products found in clandestine drug labs poses a significant risk for those who operate these labs, and anyone in the vicinity.
Clandestine Drug Labs, more commonly known as Meth Labs or Clan Labs are locations where the illegal and covert manufacturing of methamphetamine occurs. Ranging in scale from small ‘shake and bake’ operations to sophisticated and highly toxic and volatile operations, the chemicals and hazardous nature of chemical by-products found in these labs poses a significant risk for those who operate these labs, and anyone in the vicinity.
While the number of clandestine drug labs detected across Australia has decreased in 2014-2015 to 667 detections, there has been an increase in addict-based, or crude shake and bake laboratories detected, now compromising of 60.9% of all drug labs uncovered. According to the 2016 Australian Crime Commission report, The majority of clandestine laboratories continue to be detected in residential areas, with increased detections in public places, rural and commercial/industrial locations in 2014–15. What is more alarming is that of the 667 meth labs detected, it is estimated that number represents only 10% of the total methamphetamine drug labs in Australia. And of that number, nearly all crop up in rental properties that are then re-leased after the lab is removed.
The Dangers of Meth Labs in Sydney and New South Wales
In Australia, the police exit the picture very early on. They won’t clean up; they’ll just take the evidence they need. They then issue a notice to the environmental health officer at the local government and it’s their responsibility to contact the property owner. Sometimes the lab isn’t detected. As meth is a drug with an enormous waste to product ratio (six parts toxic runoff to every one part of saleable meth), a house can be a poisonous place if no one’s cleaned it up. Occupational hygienists and meth lab remediation technicians are trained to test for chemicals that can identify former labs. Primarily these chemicals are pseudoephedrine and residual methamphetamine, but shadow chemicals include lead phosphorus, anhydrous ammonia, iodine, and lithium.
What Sydney Forensic Cleaning Meth Lab Remediation Entails
Sydney Forensic Cleaning provides a comprehensive meth lab restoration and remediation service across Sydney and New South Wales. Once any materials have been removed, our technicians will conduct an onsite survey to gain a preliminary assessment of the affected area and complete a remediation action plan. Next, pre-forensic testing is required to establish contamination levels and areas that are affected. Preliminary meth lab testing is crucial and will significantly reduce costs associated in the remediation process by singling out contaminated areas only and the automatic discarding of any furnishings or materials too contaminated to be cleaned.
Why Choose Sydney Forensic Cleaning for Clandestine Drug Lab Remediation
Sydney Forensic Cleaning technicians follow a stringent and methodical proven process to ensure the property is remediated to a hazard and chemical free zone. The post-forensic test and validation for re-habitation is a crucial step of the decontamination process. The property will be re-tested and samples sent to an independent laboratory for analysis. If you are living in a property once used a meth lab or are concerned you property has been contamination with meth, contact the team of specialised and experienced Meth Lab Clean Up technicians in Sydney and New South Wales at Sydney Forensic Cleaning for a hassle free and discreet discussion with a certified meth lab remediation technician.