A methamphetamine laboratory, or clandestine drug lab is an illegal operation that is used to produce or ‘cook’ the illegal stimulant, methamphetamine. Meth labs can range in size, varying drastically from a small operation that can fit in a backpack or car boot, to a large commercial operation.
Meth labs are being found at an increasingly alarming rate across Australia, with more than 800 being found and seized by the police in 2011-2012.
Meth labs can be found in almost any location; however, the real and present danger is when a meth lab has been in a house that has become occupied by innocent people. The chemicals used to produce the drug are extremely hazardous and highly volatile, where explosion occurring when the chemicals aren’t mixed or stored appropriately. Fire and explosions are not only a risk to the individuals producing the drug, but to anyone in the surrounding area.
A meth lab must be remediated as a priority by qualified and experienced meth lab remediation technicians. Failing to do so can result in long term health risks to anyone exposed to the toxic chemicals sometimes many years after the meth lab has been shut down. Health risks can include intoxication, nausea, dizziness, lack of coordination, pulmonary edema, serious respitatory problems, severe chemical burns and damage to internal organs.
In addition to inhalation or skin exposure risks, children living in a drug lab environment typically are in contact with the floor and other contaminated surfaces, and therefore have a higher potential for exposure due to ingesting chemicals.
Any meth lab decontamination job has its own unique set of difficulties and problematic areas. If you or a loved one is faced with the daunting and overwhelming situation of meth lab decontamination, don’t hesitate to contact Meth Lab Cleaners Australia.
Our team of qualified, experienced and professional team of Meth Lab Decontamination technicians are on standby, ready to talk you through our comprehensive service to assist in the clean up and remediation of a property or area affected by a Meth lab. Meth Lab Cleaners Australia is ready to provide you with assessment, testing and decontamination as part of our comprehensive Meth Lab decontamination process.