Meth Lab Cleanup
Information for Contractors
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FAQs for Contractors:
What training and expertise do I need to be a meth lab remediation contractor?
What is the difference between a "Gross Chemical Removal" and "Remediation"?
How to find a laboratory that can analyze samples?
MDH does not qualify, license, nor certify companies to conduct cleanup of meth labs. Meth lab sites are considered to be hazardous waste sites under the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 1910.120. Contractors are responsible for knowing and following the requirements set forth by CFR 1910.120.
The list of contractor requirements maintained in the Cleanup Guidance is not an all-inclusive list, and is intended as an aid for those who may not be familiar with CFR 1910.120. It does provide a general idea of the required training and programs that a contractor will need in place to be qualified to perform meth lab remediation:
- Project Manager trained as a Professional Engineer, Certified Industrial Hygienist, Certified Safety Planner, or Certified Hazardous Materials Manager
- OSHA Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training – 40 hours for managers, 24 hours for other site workers
- Safety and health program and associated employee training
- Personal protective equipment program
- Spill containment program
- Health hazard monitoring procedures and techniques
- Other additional requirements set forth by CFR 1910.120
For more information and to see the rest of the guide to the contractor requirements, see Cleanup Guidance, Appendix B.
If you meet the requirements and would like to be listed on the Meth Lab Program website, send a letter to MDH and include information about the following:
- The fact that your company meets the requirements of CFR 1920.120 and has the appropriate safety programs in place.
- The name of the certified laboratory which you have contracted with for analysis. Analytic laboratories include those certified by the Minnesota Department of Health Public Health Laboratory, and equivalent state certification program from another state, or the US Environmental Protection Agency.
- The name of the vendor your company has a contract with for hazardous waste disposal.
Include your company contact information for posting on the contractor list on MDH's website.
Send the letter to:
Minnesota Department of Health
Environmental Health Division
Meth Lab Program
PO Box 64975
St. Paul, MN 55164-0975
Contractors work for property owners and with local authorities to assess, sample, clean, and dispose of wastes and materials removed from the property.
Contractors should understand and complete remediation according to the guidance and under oversight of the local authority.
The Contractors' Report is recommended for use to document their work to the extent required by the local authority.
What is the difference between a “Gross Chemical Removal” and “Remediation”?
Gross chemical removal is the process in which a Drug Enforcement Administration contractor will remove the jars and packages of chemicals, drug paraphernalia, and other illegal items. Remediation is the process of removing the residue and waste from the meth lab. The residue and waste is left after the gross chemical removal is done. This residue is on the surfaces of the property including walls, floors, carpets, clothes and curtains. A property that has had only a gross chemical removal is not fit for habitation. A property that has been remediated should be safe for occupants.
- American Association for Laboratory Accreditation
- ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board
- American Society of Crime Labs