Individual Screening Assessment TestMeth Testing
The most in-depth screening assessment available anywhere in New Zealand.
When a composite test just won’t cut it.
There are two scenarios when an Individual Screening Test is utilised. The first and by far the most common scenario is following a Laboratory Composite Test being conducted where a failed result has been produced. Due to our industry leading Initial Screening Test methodology, we are able to proceed (using the samples previously taken) to an Individual Laboratory Test of those samples without having to come back to site. As far as we can ascertain, we are the only company in NZ offering this intermediary step which significantly reduces cost and time spent on the process. This SIGNIFICANT offering is one of the key reasons that ATS is held up as New Zealand’s leading methamphetamine property testing company.
The second scenario, is when a client has some reason to believe that a property is contaminated and as such, a composite test is seen as a redundant step.
What is involved with the Individual Screening Assessment Test under this scenario?
- Samples are taken from all rooms (including hallways) – as per NZS 8510.
- Please note that at this point we are still operating under the “screening assessment guidelines” from the NZS 8510 standard and as such we can take fewer samples.
- The individual swabs are placed into individual vials and are sent to our state of the art laboratory partners.
- Our laboratory partners will test each sample individually to ascertain the contamination levels at each sample site.
- Once the test has been completed, you will be supplied with a full in-depth report including interpretation of results and recommendations.
Here’s How It Works
ATS uses a state of the art booking system, but we understand that sometimes you just want to talk to a human being. With this in mind, you have the option of either booking your test online, or giving our friendly team a call. If access to the property requires that an agent is contacted, then ATS will make contact and arrange an appropriate time for the testing to occur. Following this, you will receive a confirmation email directly from our booking system which tells you everything that you need to know. If anything changes throughout the process, you will be kept fully up to date.
2. Sample Collection
Our trained and highly professional sample technicians will come to your location, survey the property and conduct the sample collection. At this stage, key aspects of the final report are also collected. This includes creating a floor plan, internal and external pictures of the property and the sample locations, surface types and anything unusual found on site that may indicate that manufacture has taken place. It is important to note that irrespective of the type of test that is being conducted, each swab will only be used once. This not only avoids the risk of cross contamination of the property, but ensures that we have a complete chain of custody from the sample location to the laboratory.
3. Same Day Shipping of Samples
The samples, along with all the necessary chain of custody paper work is then shipped directly to our Hamilton based and industry leading laboratory partners. Our laboratory partners are fully IANZ accredited and the methodology that is used at the labs ensures that all NZS8510:2017 requirements are met.
At ATS we understand that this can be a stressful time which is why we take every possible step to get the results back to you as quickly as possible. With this in mind ATS, guarantees a three business day turnaround on all testing done. We do of course also have a next day service available at a small extra charge for those situations where getting the results back quickly means everything. The report that you receive is fully compliant with NZS8510:2017 and includes a full review of results with recommendations, a floor plan depicting sample locations, pictures of the property and the samples taken and a copy of the laboratory results.
5. Meth Is Found - What Now?
Firstly, don’t panic. ATS will walk you through every step of the process. First we will lay out exactly what the process that you may face will look like. Remember that at this early stage, the next steps can be very different and depend on the level of contamination discovered. ATS will also speak to any third party that you need us to. This often means talking to insurance companies, solicitors, landlords (when we have been working with the property manager) and any other person that you would like us to discuss the results with. We see this aspect of educating the client with exactly what the process will look like as extremely important. In our experience, providing you with the knowledge that you need, will significantly reduce the stress of dealing with meth contamination.