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
  • Reasons:
    • 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
      meth lab.
    • 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)