Major Hazards When Cleaning a Meth Lab

The widespread issue of drug abuse and addiction deeply impacts countless lives throughout the United States. Unfortunately, Louisiana stands out with one of the highest rates of drug use in the nation. This was proven recently in a study released by WalletHub which compared all 50 states and Washington, DC, and determined that Louisiana ranked fourth in drug overdose deaths per capita. This reality is one that is hard to come to grips with, but due to the prevalence in our state it’s important to understand the hazards of cleaning a meth lab should you ever come across one. 

Dangerous chemicals

Meth labs are filled with hazardous chemicals and materials that can be dangerous if you come into contact with them without the right protection. Different dangerous chemicals include solvents, acids, corrosive materials and toxic gases, all of which can be nearly invisible to the naked eye and could cause long-term health consequences if handled improperly. Due to many meth labs having inadequate ventilation, toxic fumes have the potential to be trapped which is an additional serious hazard.

Explosive materials

In order to manufacture and make meth, you need to use materials that are flammable and explosive. Even after a lab has been shut down and is not in use, these materials can still be present, and the risk of blasts and fire could still very much be a concern. 

Sharp hazards

Much like other laboratories, meth labs are filled with many sharp materials like needles and glass, which could pose a risk of accidental pricks and stabs if not handle properly (or if someone is careless in cleaning the area). Anything that pierces the skin can pose a risk of potential exposure to bloodborne pathogens like hepatitis and HIV and should be handled with extreme care. 

Methamphetamine residue

Regardless of if a meth lab has been shut down for a long period of time, methamphetamine residue may still be present. It’s important to know that even trace amounts can pose health risks including increased blood pressure and body temperature, rapid or irregular heartbeat, nausea, disturbed sleep patterns, and erratic, aggressive, irritable, or violent behavior.

Professional biohazard cleanup in Louisiana

Due to the potential hazards present, cleaning up a meth lab comes with significant risks that require expertise, training, caution, and adherence to strict safety protocols and local laws. The best way to ensure the space is safe to return to, you’ll want to work with a professional biohazard cleaning company like Xtreme Cleaners. We always begin by gathering samples to help determine if meth is present and if the results are positive, we’ll work with you on a complete remediation plan.

Our team provides the labor, equipment, and technical safety expertise to ensure that all decontamination activities are completed correctly. At the conclusion of any decontamination project the client will receive a complete report documenting all completed activities. This report is typically forwarded to the overseeing regulatory agency for release of the property. If you or someone you know is in need of decontamination services for a suspected or confirmed meth lab, contact Xtreme Cleaners for professional meth lab cleaning services at 1-800-524-9591.