Guidance on Meth Lab Cleanup: Summary
- Does not use a "standard" level for meth cleanup
- Relies on a remediation process rather than achievement of a number that is not
- There is no solid research available on:
- Impact of human health from exposures within a methcontaminated
- Absorption of skin or distribution of meth throughout the body.
- Levels in meth in air of former meth labs that may be harmful
- An established safe level for meth in the environment.
- A zero meth level will provide the lowest risk to occupants of a former
- Research has shown that sampling for meth is not a reliable measure of
the entire volume of meth in a structure.
- This process reduces risk by reducing exposure to contamination through a
combination of disposal, remediation, and encapsulation activities.
- Does not want to set a standard that is unachievable or will cost a lot to achieve
without knowing the benefits
- This remediation process allows the local authority to:
- Allow cleaning and salvage of items and materials that will not be
readily available to children and that would otherwise have to be
- Distinguish between heavily-contaminated smoke labs or those that have
been peripherally contaminated or just used for smoking
- Allow for differences in the use of structure
- Allow other special circumstances in the limit of practice.
- Gives guidance on what to keep, what to throw out, and the ways to go about it. A lot of it is recommended, some of it is mandatory. It all depends on the use of
the item, the amount of contamination, etc.
- Ohio follows the Minnesota guidelines.
Minnesota Guidance on Meth Lab Clean Up (pdf version)