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Clandestine Lab - Forensic Testing

QED Environmental Services have become qualified for forensic testing of chemical residues from Clandestine Drug Laboratories.

Updated August 2016

In 2015 QED Environmental Services were accredited as Approved Forensic Testing Contractors by the Western Australian Department of Health. As such QED is fully qualified to assess, plan, and verify remediation of both Tier 1 and Tier 2 clandestine laboratories in line with Department of Health (2014) guidelines.

Approximately 100 clan labs are detected in Western Australia each year. However by WA Polices’ own estimates only 5-10% of all operational clan labs are detected. This means there are around 900 active clan labs in WA each year with only a small number undergoing effective cleaning and decontamination

Common Risks of Clan Labs:

Chemical Hazards:

  • Chemical drug residues,
  • Airborne contaminants,
  • Caustic substances,
  • Carcinogens and volatile chemicals,
  • Flammable liquids,
  • Explosive gases.

Biological Hazards:

  • Risk of infection from drug paraphernalia (e.g. used syringes),
  • Poor housekeeping and insanitary living conditions,
  • Respiratory hazards from fungi and molds.

Physical Hazards:

  • Poorly maintained structures,
  • Trips and slips due to poor housekeeping,
  • Electrical or gas hazards where labs have been modified.

Under the Guidelines for Notification and Risk Management after Detection of a Clandestine Drug laboratory (Dept. of Health WA, 2014), clandestine laboratories are classified as either Tier 1 or Tier 2 based on their type, size and associated contamination levels. QED Environmental Services as fully accredited to deal with even the most serious cases of clan lab contamination.

Whether you have received a notification from the WA Police or a local government agency that a property you own or manage has been involved in a clandestine lab operation, or you just want peace of mind that the property you’re buying, selling or leasing has no hazardous by products from clan lab use, contact QED today.

References;

1.  Department of Health. (2014). Guidelines for Notification and Risk Management after Detection of a Clandestine Drug laboratory. Perth. Government of Western Australia.

2.  Australian Crime Commission. (2014). 2013-2014 Illicit Drug Data Report. Canberra. Australian Federal Government.

3.  Government of Western Australia. (1911). Health Act 1911 (WA). Perth. State Law Publisher of Western Australia.

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