No Dirt Restoration Services Geelong, Bellarine Peninsula, Surf Coast & Melbourne
Call 1300 663 478
Family owned & operated business
14+ years in the making
Committed too knowledge to deliver excellence
Trained & Certified by IICRC, RIA, TACT & ACRA
Committed to providing Solutions
What You Get
Certified and trained by the following organisations IICRC, RIA, ACRA & TACT:
IICRC Tech No 55041: Upholstery Cleaning & Fibre Identification Technician
Flood/Water Damage Technician, Fire/Smoke Damage Technician, Mould/Sewage Remediation Technician & Health & Safety Officer
RIA: Mould Remediation Project Supervisor
ACRA: Structural Drying Technician, Drymatic drying equipment Technician, Carpet & Upholstery cleaning Technician.
TACT: Methamphetamine/Clandestine Laboratory Tester & Decontamination Specialist.
Nathan Cini Tech No: 55043
IICRC: Carpet Cleaning Technician, Carpet Repair & RE-installation Technician, Fire/Smoke Damage Technician, Flood/Water Damage Technician.
ACRA: Structural Drying Technician, Drymatic drying equipment Technician, Carpet & Upholstery cleaning Technician.
Luke Cini Tech No: 67439
IICRC: Carpet Cleaning Technician, Flood & Water Damage Technician.
ACRA: Structural Drying Technician, Drymatic drying equipment Technician, Carpet & Upholstery cleaning Technician.
No Dirt Cleaning or Restoration Services,
You get knowledge, quality services, solutions & results
No ifs, butts, excuses or maybes!
No Dirt Restoration Services is IICRC certified Company.
All our staff & technicians our highly trained and skilled in the art of restoration and the art of commercial, domestic & Industrial cleaning background and knowledge.
Trained by with thanks to:
TESA Directive: (Rachel Adams, Felix, Jess another trainers)
RIA: Michael Pinto
Australian Cleaning & Restoration Academy (Garry Carroll & Lorelle McCulloch)
TACT: Steven Penn
Colorful Carpets (Chris Howell) Colour repair fabric, carpets & rugs.
We are members of RIA Associations
With a simple inspection of your property, asset or home, I can help control or correct indoor environmental issues at your home/property with psychometric calculations, assessment and investigation. I can guide you, staff and your family to achieving a healthy environment.
Our training is extensive and with a network of mycologists, IEP, hygienist, chemists, suppliers, trainers and the best restorers in this industry that I network with, we get results & provide solutions to all problems.
Whether you are dealing with a bacteria, pathogen, virus or fungus/mould outbreak:
I have a method, key steps, solution to eliminate, all these issues much more.
Always engage a trained professional, your health & well being will depend on it.
To help as many people, families and businesses because you matter.
No Dirt Cleaning & Restoration Services you are not just a number, we will help you get through these traumatic times as quickly, professionally & as efficiently as possible. We will return your asset back to pre-loss conditions without fail.
We rectify issues missed by other so-called professionals and complete works as they should have been completed in the first place.
All customers of No Dirt Cleaning & Restorations Services know what we are about.
Committed, Dedicated & Passionate to this field & industry my aim is to achieve excellence.
What my team & I have learnt in the last 6 Years is invaluable, it is what we are about today.
At No Dirt Cleaning & Restoration Services, we are a family owned & operated business, with a focus on quality finishes, our job is to know and understand the ins & outs of cleaning what works and doesn’t work. We make our business to have an understand the scale of PH what is solvent & what is Acid. So, in a nutshell we are cleaners first and foremost, with an understanding of taking a surface back to a raw state and bringing it back to a near new state.
12+ years in making & accumulated 53 years of experience, knowledge we take pride in what we do. Commercial, Domestic & Industrial cleaning at No Dirt Cleaning & Restoration Services.
We believe you can never have too much Knowledge & experience. We are committed to expanding our knowledge basis utilising training facilities such as TESA Directive, Coach 8, Australia Cleaning & Restoration Academy & TACT soon ITI in Sydney as I have a firm belief that it is important learn from as many sources as possible. To become even better at what we do and how we do things.
This is what makes us different from other cleaning business, when we Remediate and Restore we are duty bound to hand a property back to pre-damaged condition.
Our aim is to complete every job superior to any other restorer in our industry, we leave no stone unturned to get the results that our customers want and demand.
Whether carpet cleaning, tile & grout cleaning, upholstery, window cleaning restoration or even domestic cleaning, we invest in technology, knowledge and equipment to get the best results.
From 2015 – 2018 No Dirt Pty Ltd Invested over $350,000.00 in new state of art equipment & vehicles
Water/Flood/Leak Damage Restoration Services
No Dirt Flood Restoration Services:
Key Steps and procedures
We follow & implement S500 Guild lines in water Damage
Every water damage situation is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” water damage emergency.
Step 1: Emergency Contact
A water damage event can be traumatic and when you call, we understand you may be feeling confused, stressed, and vulnerable. You need an expert to guide you through this crisis. At No Dirt Restoration, we make sure we have the tools & knowledge to guild you through this event and get the results you want and require will ask relevant question to better understand your needs.
Your name and contact information
Your insurance information (if applicable)
The street address of the water-damaged home or business
When did the flooding or water damage occur?
What caused the water damage (if known)?
Is there electricity available (on-site)?
Step 2: Inspection and Damage Assessment
At No Dirt Restoration, we must identify, investigate the category and classification of water to restore your property safely to industry specifications. The type of water contamination will affect the specific restoration processes used to restore your property.
We inspect and test your home to discover the extent of the damage. Additionally, we will look for safety concerns and explain them to you. If you are aware of any safety issues, such as asbestos or lead, please share them.
Survey Damage establish CAT of ingress & Condition rating
Complete Safety Inspection and access and determine
White / Category 1 Water
Grey / Category 2 Water
Black / Category 3 Water
Step 3: Water Removal/Water Extraction
The water extraction step removes most the water from your home or property. By performing a thorough water extraction, will help reduce the drying time and help to prevent mould and secondary water damage. We use powerful pumps and truck-mounted vacuum units to quickly remove hundreds if not thousands of litres of water from your property.
We do it all.
Move-Out / Pack-Out
If your home requires extensive restoration or cleaning, No Dirt Techs can conduct an organized, efficient move-out to protect your belongings from further damage.
Emergency Water Removal
Andrew Cini and my team of trained technicians will begin the water removal process almost immediately. The first 48 hrs are the most critical time frame, the quicker you get my team into your home, the quicker we reduce the risks of secondary damage to your property and belongings.
This helps to reduce drying time and helps to prevent mould and secondary water damage.
Water Removal Equipment
Moisture detectors, hygrometers, and other meters measure the extent of moisture saturation.
Thermal imaging cameras may be used to find “hidden” water behind walls and ceilings.
Moisture Mapping: Charting completed and comparison at day 3 to gauge drying.
Submersible and gas-powered pumps are used for continuous pumping of high-level water.
Truck-mounted and portable extraction units perform efficient water removal.
Step 4: Drying and Dehumidification:
After the water removal step, your floors and walls may look dry at first glance, but they are still wet to the touch. Most building materials, like plaster, wood & concrete are porous and will retain significant water. The retained water will cause these materials to warp, swell, or break down and can also cause mould damage.
Drying / Dehumidification
No Dirt Restoration Services will manipulate temperature and relative humidity to remove the remaining moisture. We use specialized equipment, including industrial air movers and dehumidifiers, to remove water retained by building materials and another hard-to-access moisture. We will carefully monitor the progress using moisture meters until the materials return to acceptable drying goals.
Use Dehumidification Equipment
b) Heat drying equipment
c) Structural drying equipment
Use Monitoring Equipment to Track Progress
Monitor Floor and Walls
WE check the moisture levels to monitor the drying process.
Industrial-grade dehumidifiers help prevent secondary water damage like swelling and warping of floors, walls, and furniture.
High-speed air movers create airflow across walls, carpets, pads, and furniture, which accelerates the evaporation of moisture
Step 5: Cleaning and Sanitizing:
Your property’s walls, floors, and other surfaces will likely need professional cleaning treatments. Besides cleaning your property’s structure, Team No Dirt will also clean your belongings, like furniture, upholstery, clothing, and other restorable personal items, damaged by the water. Flooding and water damage often require odour removal and deodorization treatments, since wet materials have an unpleasant odour.
No Dirt Restoration Services specialize in restoring contents damaged by fire, water, or mould. Our expertise and “restore” versus “replace” mentality can help you save money while preserving precious keepsakes, including photos and other personal items that can’t be replaced. At No Dirt Restoration Services, we network with some our industries best restorers & services. To achieve outstanding results for you and your family
Dry Steam sanitising
Hot Microfiber Wiping
Odour Removal and Deodorization
No Dirt Restoration Services & our network are trained to identify and eliminate offensive odours with industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment Hydroxyls units. This equipment can effectively treat serious and persistent odours that typical air fresheners and similar treatments can’t.
Odour Removal and Deodorization
Air Scrubbers and Fogging Equipment
Depending on the scenario, we may use antimicrobial, antibacterial, or disinfectant treatments to clean your property.
Antimicrobial and Antibacterial Treatments
Sanitizing and Disinfectant Treatments
Step 6: Restoration:
Restoration, the final step, is the process of restoring your home or business to its pre-water damage condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing plaster and installing new carpet, or may entail major repairs, such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.
The following building and repair services may be necessary to restore your home to pre-water damage condition. No Dirt Restoration can guild you the processes required to get your home business back to pre-damage condition
Plaster removal and Installation
Hardwood Floor Repair
Tile Floor Repair
Carpet Repair and Installation
We are with you all the way.
All equipment installed by your technician must never be turned off. This will cause untold damage to your home, office or asset. You may think the noise is a inconvenience right now, but the damage to your property will be far greater.
I am talking about potential full strip out of walls, floors and structure. Mould remediation processes added to these issues.
Fire/Smoke/Soot Restoration Services
Call Andrew 1300 663 478
We follow IICRC S700 Guild lines & RIA Fire & Smoke Damage Repair.
No Dirt Fire/Smoke/Soot Restoration Services
No Dirt Restoration Services know just how devastating a fire can be. Fire/Smoke/soot.
Can leave your house unsafe and unlivable. We are trained to clean and restore your home with as little disruption as possible.
Once the CFA or MFB leave, your home likely suffers from fire and smoke damage and extensive water damage from firefighting efforts. No Dirt Restoration Services have the specialized fire restoration training needed to restore your home to pre-fire condition.
Have Questions About Fire, Smoke, or Soot Damage?
Call 1300 NODIRT
Every fire damage event is a little different, and requires a unique solution, but the general process stays the same. The steps listed below illustrate our process for the “typical” fire damage emergency.
Step 1: Emergency Contact
The restoration process begins, No Dirt team acquiring as much information as possible, that will help me and my team restore your asset back to pre-damage conditions as quickly as possible, I will ask a series of questions regarding the fire damage event that will help us structure the best methods, appropriate equipment and resources.
Step 2: Inspection and Fire Damage Assessment
We will carefully inspect and test adjoining rooms of your property to determine the extent of the fire, smoke, and soot damage. This step is crucial to developing a plan of action.
Step 3: Immediate Board-Up and Roof-Tarp Service
Fire damage can often compromise windows, walls, and roofs. To maintain security and to protect against further damage, No Dirt Restoration will engage appropriate trades and services to secure your home, business or asset it may be too secure missing windows and walls and place tarps on damaged roofs.
Step 4: Water Removal and Drying (if water damage is present)
The water removal process begins almost immediately and removes most the water. They will then use dehumidifiers and air movers to remove the remaining water and complete the drying process.
Step 5: Removal of Smoke and Soot from All Surfaces
No Dirt Restoration Services use specialized equipment and techniques to remove smoke and soot from ceilings, walls, and other surfaces.
Step 6: Cleaning and Sanitizing
We will clean all the restorable items and structures that were damaged by the fire. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to restore your belongings to pre-fire condition. Trained to remove odours using industrial air scrubbers and fogging equipment.
Step 7: Restoration
Restoration is the final step—getting your home or business to its pre-fire condition. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing plaster, painting, and installing new carpet.
We are at your service
Mould/Sewage Remediation Services 1300 663 478
No Dirt Mould/Sewage Remediation Services
We engage IICRC S520 Guild Lines:
Chemical free Mould Remediation process:
Related Mould Services:
Overview of Mould Services:
Mould Damage Tips:
What Is Black Mould?
Mould “Removal” vs Remediation:
Caring for Your Belongings:
Mould Restoration Process:
Commercial Mould Remediation:
Any home or business can quickly become infested with mould with the introduction of a water source, like a roof or plumbing leak, Appliance leak Or storm damage.
Mould can spread throughout a property in as little as 24 hours, all dependent on ingress and conditions and will produce allergens and irritants that have the potential to cause other health effects.
If you suspect that your home or business has a mould problem, No Dirt Restoration Services can inspect and assess your property. If mould is found, we have the training, equipment, and expertise to handle the situation.
Please refer to our Mould Damage Tips to learn more about mould and what to do until help arrives.
Provide 24/7 Emergency Service
Highly Trained Water Restoration Specialists
Faster to Any Size Disaster
If You See Signs of Mould, Call Andrew 1300 663 478
Over 1 Million species of Mould as we know it right! Fact
Microscopic mould spores exist almost everywhere, outdoors and indoors, in voids, ceiling crawl spaces.
Making it impossible to remove all mould from a home, business or asset. Some restoration businesses advertise “mould removal” and even guarantee to remove all mould, which is a fallacy. Consider the following mould facts:
Mould is present almost everywhere, indoors and outdoors.
General Mould: harmless to most people & pets.
Water damage Mould: Can cause issues in people & pets. They produce Mycotoxins
Mould spores are microscopic and float along in the air, and may enter your home through windows, doors, or will grow AC/heating ducts systems or even hitch a ride indoors on your clothing or on a pet.
Food source for Mould Moisture, dust & dirt
Mould spores thrive on moisture. Mould spores can quickly grow into colonies when exposed to water.
Before mould remediation can begin, any sources of water or moisture must be addressed. Otherwise, the mould will return.
Mould often produces a strong, musty odour and can lead you to possible mould problem areas.
Even higher-than-normal indoor humidity can support mould growth.
Keep indoor humidity between 40 – 50 percent. with a target of 45%
Common Mould Misconceptions
With sensational news stories and misleading advertising, you can easily understand why so many people are misinformed about indoor mould. Learn the facts about mould and the mould remediation process.
What is “Black Mould”
“Mould Removal” versus Mould Remediation
fast response to mould damage
We get it right the first time with a 7-step process in mould remediation, we get the job done and achieve results
No Dirt Restoration Services are dedicated to responding immediately when you contact us. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.
highly trained mould remediation technicians
We are Highly Trained Mould Remediation Specialists
We specialise in water and mould damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. No Dirt Restoration Services have the training and expertise to safely handle any mould situation.
Applied Microbial Remediation Specialist
Water Damage Restoration Technician
Applied Structural Drying Technician
fast mould damage removal
We use Advanced Mould Remediation Techniques and Equipment
No Dirt use advanced equipment to detect the source of water feeding the mould. Next, we isolate the affected area using a Containment, negative air pressure & chamber
We can guild you in future prevention of living with mould in your home, house or business.
To give a healthy environment for those that are important to you your kids or loved ones, including your workers. Don’t tolerate life with mould and bacteria it will affect your health, life and well-being.
The Mould Remediation Process
Related Mould Services
Overview of Mould Services
Mould Damage Tips
What Is Black Mould?
Mould “Removal” vs Remediation
Caring for Your Belongings
Mould Restoration Process
Commercial Mould Remediation
In addition to causing significant property damage, mould can produce allergens and irritants that can cause health effects. No Dirt Restoration Services understand mould and mould growth and have the training and equipment to remediate the mould in your home or business.
What you need for your technician:
- Scope of works
- Risk Assessment
- Mould remediation protocol
- No chemicals to be used during extraction process of Mould spores. full stop.
- Water damage Mould spores produces Mycotoxins! so why add a toxin to Mycotoxin
- No mater if Organic, essential or natural all these products, have a boil point. If that boil point is exceeded, you will a toxic chemical to your environment.
- Many companies use chemical during cleaning process, followed by fogging, this is a big no no.
- Always read your technicians MSDS or SDS: this will inform you of chemicals used in your home. I know companies our introducing Mustard gas into homes.
- We put a plan in place, to stop mould being introduced into you home, office or asset.
Step 1: Emergency Contact 1300 No Dirt
The mould clean-up and restoration process begin when you call our team No Dirt. Andrew Cini and my team will ask a series of questions to help us determine the necessary equipment, resources, and personnel.
Step 2: Inspection and Mould Damage Assessment
No Dirt Restoration Services will carefully inspect your property for visible signs of mould. Mould feeds on cellulose and water and can be hidden from plain view. We use various technologies to detect mould and hidden water sources.
Step 3: Mould Containment
They use various containment procedures to prevent the spread of mould. They may use advanced containment procedures like negative air chambers to isolate the contaminated area with physical barriers and negative air pressure to keep the mould spores from spreading during the clean-up process. All fans and heating and cooling systems will be turned off to prevent the spread of mould.
Step 4: Air Filtration
Their specialized filtration equipment allows their Professionals to capture microscopic mould spores out of the air. They utilize powerful “air scrubbers” and HEPA vacuums to prevent the spread of these mould spores while the mould remediation is in process.
Step 5: Removing Mould and Mould-Infested Materials
The mould remediation process depends on the amount of mould growth and the types of surfaces on which the mould appears. We use anti fungal and antimicrobial treatments to eliminate mould colonies and to help prevent new colonies from forming. Removing and disposing of mould-infested porous materials, like plaster and carpeting, may be necessary to remediate heavy mould growth.
Step 6: Cleaning Contents and Belongings
No Dirt Restoration clean your furniture, decorative items, curtains, clothing, and other restorable items affected by mould. They use a variety of cleaning techniques to clean and sanitize your belongings. They’re also trained to remove odours and deodorization using fogging equipment.
Step 7: Restoration
Depending on the level of mould damage, plaster, sub floors, and other building materials may be removed. Restoration may involve minor repairs, such as replacing contaminated plaster, painting, and installing new carpet; or it may entail major repairs such as the reconstruction of various areas or rooms in a home or business.
We will be with you every step of the way.
Methamphetamine Testing & Remediation Services
No Dirt Methamphetamine/Clandestine Lab Testing and decontamination Services
So, you think your property may be contaminated
You’ve received a notice from your local council
What should you do now?
Andrew and the team at No Dirt Meth Lab Testing can advise you on the best approach to testing your
property for methamphetamine residue and the process involved in gaining a clearance.
Don’t be too alarmed if you have heard that testing a property will cost many thousands of dollars.
That just isn’t true,
In fact, because here at No Dirt Meth Lab Testing Australia we specialize in this field we have a close relationship with a
NATA approved laboratory that has come on board with us to offer a special rate.
The fact is we can offer full analytical testing and reporting on a property for as little as $795 depending on the
size and layout.
We can also offer an onsite test that will give you a yes/no answer to the presence of methamphetamine
For further information contact Andrew Cini directly on 1300663478
Or email us at email@example.com
Key steps, Guild lines & Procedures to identify and eliminate:
This practice note provides guidance to help manage health risks associated with the remediation of clandestine drug laboratories (clan labs). The national Clandestine Drug Laboratory Remediation Guidelines (Newell et al. 2011) (National Guidelines) should be referred to for more detailed information.
This practice note has been written primarily for local government Environmental Health Officers (EHOs). It may also be referred to by:
owners (or their agents) of sites found to contain clan labs
professionals assessing or remediating clan lab sites
other parties involved in the investigation and/or remediation of a clan lab site.
The powers and accountabilities of EHOs are explained in the Municipal Association of Victoria’s (MAV) Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 Guidance Manual for Local Government Authorised Officers (the MAV manual). Sections in the MAV manual relevant to clan lab remediation include:
Enforcement Mechanisms and Procedures
Clandestine drug laboratories (clan labs) are used to illegally manufacture drugs such as methamphetamines and have been found in rural, regional and metropolitan locations.
Environmental contamination is expected to be present in clan labs due to non-ideal manufacturing conditions such as:
waste disposal practices.
These conditions can result in chemical residues being deposited on surfaces during the drug manufacturing (cooking) process. Contamination must be professionally assessed and remediated to ensure that a site does not remain a public health and safety risk.
Property owners are responsible for the remediation of a clan lab site and any associated costs including recovery of those costs from a tenant where applicable.
Authorised Officers under the Public Health & Wellbeing Act 2008 (PHWA), are neither expected nor recommended to personally assess, test or remediate a clan lab site. These tasks should be carried out by professionals experienced in this field.
Clan lab hazards
In many cases, materials used during the manufacture of illicit drugs may cause residual contamination of the soil, water and air close to a clan lab site, due to improper storage, use and disposal of chemicals and wastes. Residual contamination may be present even if there is no evidence of odour or visible staining.
A range of chemicals can be found in clan lab operations, depending on the type of drug(s) produced. These include reagents, precursors to final products used in synthesis and/or by-product(s) of reactions. Chemical hazards should therefore be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
An Investigation Level (IL) is the concentration of a contaminant above which further appropriate investigation and evaluation is required. It is the basis of a risk-based analysis to determine the need for further assessment
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or development of an appropriate remediation plan. ILs have been developed for indoor air and surfaces and outdoor soil. The National Guidelines provide the ILs for a number of key chemicals.
For example, the common clan lab drug, methamphetamine is odourless, but can be an aerosol hazard until residues are cleaned from surfaces. The IL for methamphetamine on an indoor surface is 0.5 g/100 cm2 (Environmental Risk Sciences 2009).
The chemical toxicity of residue found at a clan lab will depend on the:
starting materials/chemicals used
amount of residue.
The amount of residue found at a clan lab depends on:
the size of the lab
how long the lab has been operating
how chemicals have been stored and disposed
spillages that have occurred.
Corrosive chemicals often found in clan labs include:
Solvents often found in clan labs include:
Note: solvents are potentially explosive; some clan labs are discovered after an explosion.
Other chemicals and/or drug materials found in clan labs include:
hazardous metals such as mercury and lead.
Other hazards include:
pressurised gas cylinders
faulty electrical wiring.
EHO Safety: EHOs responding to a nuisance complaint about a clan lab should not enter the premises if there is a health and safety risk. Victoria Police, Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB), Country Fire Authority (CFA), and/or the Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) should be contacted for assistance.
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When investigating a clan lab, the Victoria Police Clandestine Drug Laboratory Squad and Forensic Services (the police) collect samples of evidentiary value for prosecution purposes. The following items are identified, processed and packaged for transport and disposal by a chemical transport contractor:
equipment (e.g. heaters, scales)
Victoria Police is not responsible for the assessment and remediation of a site following the completion of an investigation.
When the police are close to finishing an investigation, they will contact the EHO at the responsible council to notify them of the discovery of a clan lab site and its potential hazards and risks. They will then send a confirmation letter to the EHO and include contact details of the police investigator. The EHO may wish to discuss details of potential contamination with the investigator to help facilitate safe access to the site and an appropriate remediation strategy.
Responsibility for managing the site, including remediation, returns to the property owner once the police have completed their investigation and removed material of evidentiary value from the property. Council can utilise their relevant powers under the PHWA to ensure that a clan lab site is remediated and can also prohibit unauthorized access.
The National Guidelines acknowledge that residual contamination created by a clan lab operation presents ‘a serious risk of harm to human and environmental health’. Potential health effects will vary depending on:
the chemicals a person is exposed to
the quantity of each chemical a person is exposed to
the duration of a person’s exposure
the health status of person exposed.
Manufacturing residues, by-products and finished products may remain on the premises after the police have completed their investigation. These substances may have also been discharged into the environment (for example, into the air, septic tanks and soil) during the manufacturing process. They pose a potential risk to human health, with children the most vulnerable. Some residues can remain on surfaces for long periods of time (Environmental Risk Sciences 2009).
There is no accepted science/health-based safe level of exposure to residual contamination due to the manufacture of illicit drugs.
Contaminated material should be removed and affected surfaces properly cleaned to prevent ongoing exposure to residents.
Acute exposure to the typical clan lab drug methamphetamine can cause irritation to eyes, breathing difficulties, dizziness and headache (Environmental Risk Sciences 2009).
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Public Health & Well being Act 2008
Part 6, Division 1 of the PHWA applies to nuisances which are, or liable to be, “dangerous to health” or “offensive”. Section 58(4) of the PHWA defines offensive to mean “noxious” or “injurious to personal comfort”.
As residual contamination arising out of clan labs is acknowledged to be a serious health risk, this contamination is a nuisance for the purposes of the PHWA.
It is an offence under the PHWA to cause a nuisance or to knowingly allow a nuisance to exist on, or emanate from, land. Land owners must abate this nuisance, or they will be liable to face criminal prosecution.
Under the PHWA, Councils must investigate any notification of nuisance [Section 62(2)] and have a duty to remedy, as far as reasonably possible, all nuisances in their municipal district (Section 60).
Upon notification of a clan lab, councils should advise the owner to have the land assessed and remediated if necessary.
In a situation where the land owner does not take steps to remediate the nuisance, council may issue the landowner with an improvement notice to abate the nuisance.
In cases where the land owner is unknown or cannot be located, the PHWA provides that councils may take action to abate the nuisance [Section 66].
Part 9 of the PHWA sets out the powers of Authorised Officers to enter premises to investigate nuisances and eliminate or reduce risks to public health. These powers include a power to “seal” premises in Section 175(1)(e). The property should be sealed until it is assessed as safe for its intended use.
Further information on the legal powers of councils and their officers to deal with Nuisance can be found in the MAV manual including an Improvement Notice template.
The EHO, and/or land owner should:
liaise with the police investigator for details of potential contamination at the site
be aware of hazards and risks, especially personal safety, prior to entering the premises and take into account relevant information provided by the police investigator
prevent unauthorised access to the premises
notify neighbours if adjacent properties are affected or are at risk.
The premises should be ventilated for at least 48 hours prior to beginning the remediation. This will allow volatile solvents and gases that have been absorbed into porous surfaces to evaporate. The premises should also be closed off from public access until remediation is complete and the site is safe to re-enter.
Engaging an assessor
The property should be investigated by an assessor1 to determine what remediation is necessary. The assessor should confirm their findings in writing.
Factors an assessor should consider may include:
information provided by the police investigator, which usually includes where cooking was carried out, whether the clan lab was active or inactive2 and the location(s) of hot spots
the extent of residue and staining on walls, ceilings and other surfaces
1 An expert experienced in this field, for example, an occupational hygienist.
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evidence of confined ‘cooking’ activities, (e.g. only in the shed or laundry but not the rest of the site). In such cases, the shed may need to be demolished and removed. Assessment may still be required post-demolition to determine soil and/or off-site contamination. Other areas of the site may also have been used and therefore should also be assessed.
Where an assessor reports that ILs have not been exceeded and therefore remediation is not required, it is recommended that properties are generally cleaned.
A remediation plan should be prepared by a professional cleaning contractor. The plan should be based on the findings of the initial police investigation and the assessor’s report and agreed by the relevant stakeholders (property owner, EHO and assessor/cleaning contractor). The plan should include:
items to be disposed of due to damage or contamination
items to be removed from the site for cleaning
procedures for cleaning.
Items suspected to have been used in the manufacturing process and/or show evidence of acid etching, chemical staining or other visible contamination including sinks, bathtubs and toilets should be either cleaned according to the assessor’s advice or discarded. Items should also be discarded if they emit a chemical odour.
Engaging cleaning contractors
Professional cleaning contractors familiar with remediation requirements of clan labs should be used.
A class ‘A’ removalist is required if a premise is to be demolished (e.g. as per asbestos removalists) with any contaminated materials appropriately disposed of.
WorkSafe Victoria can advise contractors of appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), however as a minimum, PPE should include:
disposable chemically impervious overalls, gloves and footwear
P1 or P2 filter masks
Respirators, especially where strong odours are present.
Local councils can assist site owners with contact details of suitably qualified assessors and cleaning contractors.
The Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA Victoria) can advise on transport and disposal of contaminated items and locations of landfills that accept contaminated waste and/or soil.
Post remediation assessment
Following remediation, the assessor should provide written verification that residual contamination is below the relevant Investigation Levels and that the site is fit for its intended purpose. If the remediation is deemed inadequate, further remediation activities will be required before the assessor can deem the site fit.
A copy of the assessor’s report should be provided to Council. This report can be used as evidence of compliance with a Council improvement notice that may have been served on the owner.
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Roles and Responsibilities
Individuals and Groups of Individuals
Initial investigation of clan lab and relevant prosecution activities.
Notify Council EHO, by phone, of the presence of a clan lab, transferring powers to them for further action.
Provide a follow-up letter of a clan lab investigation to the EHO and contact details of the police investigator.
Process and organise packaging, transport and disposal of equipment and chemicals found in a clan lab that are relevant to the police investigation.
Provide relevant details of contamination at a site to the EHO upon request.
Local Government – Environmental Health Section
Respond to potential residual contamination at a clan lab site after notification has been received from Victoria Police or complainant of such a nuisance.
Liaise with police investigator to clarify potential contamination at the site.
Issue improvement and/or prohibition notice to property owner of a clan lab site.
Facilitate prohibition of unauthorised access to a clan lab site.
Notify potentially affected parties of risks and hazards of a clan lab, e.g. neighbours.
Engage and liaise with assessment/cleaning/demolition contractors as required.
Oversee the remediation of residual contamination at a clan lab site.
Appoint an assessor to assess contamination at a clan lab site.
Manage the remediation of the site.
Submit the assessor’s report to Council confirming that contamination levels are within acceptable levels.
Assessors (suitably qualified professional)
Assess potential contamination, hazards and risks at a clan lab site.
Confirm in writing, to the property owner and/or Council that a property previously used as a clan lab:
-does not require remediation
-has been remediated to a satisfactory level and is fit for its intended use.
Chemical disposal/transport contractor
Transport and dispose of equipment and chemicals found at a clan lab site.
Cleaning contractor/ remediation professional
Write a remediation plan before commencing.
Remove contamination and hazards from a clan lab property.
Remediate the site so that it is fit for its intended use.
Public Health and Wellbeing Act. No. 46 of 2008. Victoria.
Municipal Association of Victoria. 2010. Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008 – Guidance Manual for Local Government Authorised Officers.
Newell P, Hugel J, Vallely P, Wright J, Makin S, Borysko L, Lau A. 2011. Clandestine Drug Laboratory Remediation Guidelines. Commonwealth of Australia. http://www.ag.gov.au/www/agd/rwpattach.nsf/VAP/(9A5D88DBA63D32A661E6369859739356)~2109+Remediation+Guidelines_WEB.PDF/$file/2109+Remediation+Guidelines_WEB.PDF
Environmental Risk Sciences (2009). Derivation of Risk-Based Investigation Levels, Clandestine Drug Laboratory, Site Investigation Guidelines. Prepared for the Australian Crime Commission, Ref: ACC/09/R001, 6
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