6 September 2016
Standards New Zealand has started work on developing a New Zealand standard on the testing and remediation of properties used for the manufacture or use of methamphetamine.
The development of the standard is aimed at addressing a need for guidance on methodologies, procedures, and other supporting material that will ensure a consistent and effective approach to managing the testing and remediation of affected properties and treatment of their contents including:
- guidance on testing properties and contents for contamination
- methods of assessing risks to health, safety, and the environment from meth-related chemicals and contaminated material
- best practice procedures for decontamination and remediation of properties and contents to acceptable levels
- methods of disposal of materials that cannot be decontaminated
- information that supports auditing processes, which provide assurance that testing, risk assessment, decontamination and remediation of properties, and disposal of contaminated materials have been effective, and comply with legislative requirements.
A first draft of the standard is planned to be released for public comment in November 2016. To stay up-to-date with how the standard is progressing you can subscribe to Standards New Zealand free web-based magazine, Touchstone (external link) .
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