Standard to target meth-contaminated properties released

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The highly anticipated NZS 8510:2017 Testing and decontamination of methamphetamine-contaminated properties has today been released by Standards New Zealand.

The standard will address public concern on the safety of occupants in the houses in New Zealand where methamphetamine has been detected.

Application of the standard will provide assurance that activities such as screening, testing, assessing, and decontamination of contaminated properties and disposal of their contents are carried out following good practice.

The standard was developed by a committee of 21 experts across relevant industries in the public and private sector. These included sampling and testing operators, decontamination contractors, property investment and property management interests, the insurance sector, local authorities, public health authorities, and laboratories. Central and local government were also represented.

Access to this standard has been sponsored by agencies who have an interest in making the standard freely accessible. These agencies identified the importance of enabling staff of local councils, industry, landlords, and the public to access a PDF copy of standard free online. Download a copy of the PDF from our website.

You can read a full list of Q&As about the standard and its development on our website.

Published in building.