Methamphetamine Contamination Regulations
Guide for Property Owners
Whether from a meth lab or drug smoking, methamphetamine
contamination is a potentially serious public health risk.
of this risk, the City of Lakewood wants all property owners to be aware of the
Colorado laws and regulations that in some cases require cleanup and
These requirements apply if you have a reason to
suspect a meth lab or drug smoking on your property.
even if the police have not made arrests or have not advised you that a meth lab was
present; in fact, national statistics suggest that only 10 percent of meth
labs are ever found by police.
Information is summarized here, and
you should seek professional advice if you have questions.
Dangers of Meth Labs and Smoking
Among the chemicals found in
methamphetamine labs are hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid, phosphine, acetone
and anhydrous ammonia. Although hazards posed by these individual chemicals are
generally understood, no one knows what happens when these chemicals combine in
the meth labs and what exactly is in the air, carpets and walls of the labs.
The methamphetamine contamination of the cook area combined
with adjacent areas makes it likely that individuals who live in or visit the
residence become contaminated with methamphetamine. In fact, most (if not all)
children associated with clandestine methamphetamine laboratories are
contaminated with the drug and have positive urine levels for methamphetamine.
Samples taken from individuals and pets leaving these covert labs have tested
positive for methamphetamine at levels exceeding the accepted contamination
level of 0.5ug/100 cm2.
If methamphetamine has been smoked in a
residence, it is likely that children inside the structure will be exposed to
airborne and surface methamphetamine.
CDPHE Cleanup Information
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Property Owner's Duties
Due to the potential for hazardous chemicals and contaminants,
Colorado statutes §25-18.5-103, C.R.S. require the property owner to comply
with the cleanup requirements established by the Colorado Board of Health
regulations found at 6 CCR 1014-3.
Under Colorado statute
§25-18.5-104, C.R.S. only persons trained in hazardous materials work
practices may enter the property. Initial sampling efforts to determine
whether the property is contaminated are included in this requirement.
Until cleanup is sufficient and complies with regulations, Colorado
statute §25-18.5-105, C.R.S. mandates that the property be treated as a public
Disclosure of the potential contamination may be
required. §39-35.7-103, C.R.S.
How Does Cleanup Work?
- Hire an industrial hygienist or certified industrial hygienist
- Perform an initial assessment
- If contamination above the state
standard exists, hire a cleanup contractor
- Sample to show
- Prepare detailed report and submit to governing body
- Failing to deny access to
everyone except your consultant and cleanup contractors.
- Failing to
use a qualified consultant or contractor.
- Taking short-cuts rather
than following the procedures listed in the cleanup regulation.
- Ignoring the requirement to perform a cleanup.
- Not getting
expert help to understand the cleanup program and your rights.
- Failing to get necessary building permits.
- Failing to report the
cleanup to the governing body.