Screening Assessment Test

We have developed New Zealand’s highest level baseline testing which is fully compliant with the NZS 8510 – the newly released standard.

We use a Laboratory Composite Test to conduct our initial screening assessment. This industry leading meth test is used to ascertain whether methamphetamine contamination is present on site at levels above the NZS 8510 recommendations.

Please note that many meth testing companies will combine swabs into a single vial on site. This significantly increases the costs that client’s will face in the event that contamination is found on site. Call us now to find out more.

  • Up to ten (10) individual swabs
  • Should additional samples be required, an additional cost may apply.
  • All rooms (including hallways) must be tested – as per NZS 8510 guidelines.
  • The individual swabs are placed into individual vials and are sent to our state of the art laboratory partners.
  • A small portion of each swab will be combined by a fully trained and qualified lab technician in the laboratory in order to ensure zero cross contamination between the individual swabs.
  • The combined swab is tested for methamphetamine which produces a composite result.
  • The remaining portion of each individual swab is held for 3 weeks within the laboratory FREE OF CHARGE.

So you have had a Screening Assessment Test completed and it has indicated that there is methamphetamine contamination on site at a level which could be greater than the NZS 8510 recommendations. Step one – don’t panic! Remember that a composite result is the average level of contamination present throughout the property. So it is possible that there is no single area that has contamination above the NZS 8510 recommended levels. But we need to find out. Our laboratory partners are still holding the samples which we have taken from your property and we will now have those samples individually tested. This will give us the exact contamination levels present at each sample area.

Here’s How It Works

1. Booking

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.

4. Results

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.