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CARPET & RESTORATION
New Zealand companies that specialise
in cleaning properties contaminated by
methamphetamine will have to wait a little
longer to find out what levels of the Class A
drug will require remediation.
The final version of the voluntary
standard, which covers meth testing and
remediation, has been slightly delayed
because so many people made submissions
on the draft standard – a whopping 540
pages of them.
While the final version had originally been
expected to be available by the end of April,
it is now hoped the final version will be
available by the end of June.
Many of the submissions focused on the
two possible options for methamphetamine
clean-up levels. These will establish both
when cleaning is required and the levels that
cleaning must achieve.
Option A proposed a level of 1.5 micrograms
per 100 square centimetres for living spaces
and 3.8mcg/100cm2 for areas with limited
exposure such as roof and crawl spaces.
Option B proposed three different levels,
depending on whether the property had
been used as a meth lab and whether it was
carpeted or uncarpeted. These ranged from
0.5mcg/100cm2 where lab activity had occurred
to 2mcg/100cm2 for an uncarpeted property
where the drug had only been consumed.
According to a recent update from
Standards NZ, one common point
of agreement among those who
made submissions was that the post-
decontamination level(s) in the final standard
should focus on reducing the risk of exposure
to methamphetamine, and should be clear
and easily understood.
“The development committee discussed this
at length and is giving further consideration
to the level(s) and wording that will avoid any
potential confusion over the application of the
standard’s decontamination requirements,”
the update said.
The new standard is intended to provide
a consistent national approach to managing
properties contaminated by methamphetamine.
It attracted submissions from a wide range
of individuals and organisations, including
decontamination contractors, meth-testing
companies, district health boards, local
authorities, property owners, property
managers, lawyers and real estate agents.
The Restoration Industry Association (RIA) has approved the
formation of an Australasian Council, giving its Australia and
New Zealand counterparts a seat on the board of directors and
“the opportunity to help influence the RIA on a global scale”.
It follows the launch of an Australian and NZ Steering
Committee in October 2015, initially set up to support current
and new local Australian and NZ members.
The Australian and NZ Steering Committee has worked
to develop training opportunities, member benefits as well
as local industry events, and has started to lift the profile and
professionalism of the restoration industry in Australia and NZ.
New Zealand has been actively involved in this development
and, according to the association, RIA will be furthering its NZ
presence and support and is looking forward to seeing the growth
of NZ RIA membership in the coming months.
RIA Australian Training Subcommittee, Christine Boak told
INCLEAN earlier this year that part of RIA’s overarching plan
is to launch locally RIA run courses, conducted by local and
international RIA qualified trainers, as well as to strengthen its
online training system. NZ programs are also understood to be in
the works, with training programs set to be held in conjunction
with the NZ Carpet Cleaning Conference.
RIA said it’s devoted to its slogan, “We make it better, we
promise”, and RIA’s role in the development of the restoration
industry in Australia and NZ is now official with the formation
of the new council.
Restoration Industry Association (RIA) honorary members Pete Consigli,
CR, WLS and Cliff Zlotnik, CR, WLS, CMH with great sympathy
share the news of the passing of Jim Barrett on April 16, 2017.
Barrett, who helped grow RIA in the 1970s and 80s, had been
retired for many years living in the Boston MA area with his
Barrett was an early adopter of forging mutually beneficial working
relationships between restorers and adjusters and their claims offices.
Barrett was the first restorer to receive RIA’s most prestigious
credential in 1981 and was Certified Restorer #2 following in the
footsteps of Marty King, CR, ASA the founder of the Certified
“Jim Barrett was one of the cleaning and restoration industry’s
trailblazers who embraced a philosophy and Esprit de Corps
epitomising personal and professional growth through ‘association’,
along the way that is how businesses and an industry got built,”
Vale Jim Barrett
Voluntary meth standard delayed
By: Ruth Nicol
Jim Barrett, “holding court” at
an industry trade show in the
early 1970s. Source: RIA
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