As a Mum and a member of our community I am passionate to eliminate the risk of exposure to methamphetamine of people living in houses that once contained a clan lab, especially those with kids living in them.
1993 Bachelor of Science (Environmental Health)
Curtin University, Perth
1996 Graduate Certificate (Occupational Hygiene)
Deakin University, Geelong
2006 Graduate Diploma (Forensic Science)
Latrobe University, Bundoora
2011 Clandestine Lab Testing and Analysis Course
Jena Dyco International, Melbourne
I have worked as an Occupational Hygienist since 1994, mostly in the mining and petrochemical industries. During this time I have worked for companies such as Alcoa, WMC Resources and ExxonMobil on a range of workplaces such as underground nickel mines, alumina refineries and petroleum refineries. My responsibilities included ensuring employees were not exposed to risks that could affect their health from exposure to chemicals, dusts, noise, radiation etc.
I have been involved in Shutdown project work as an Occupational Hygienist and as an OH&S Consultant as well as projects involving introducing new work processes and even in commissioning a whole new site. More recently I have worked as an Occupational Hygiene Consultant before undertaking further study and learning how to be a Mum.
Illicit drug labs in Australia are known as Clandestine Drug Laboratories or "Clan Labs". The most common clan lab is usually found producing Amphetamine Type Stimulants (ATS) such as methamphetamine using known precursors of pseudoephedrine or phenyl-2-propanone (P2P).
These drug labs are on the rise in Australia and can be found in houses, car boots, motels, warehouses etc. One of the main concerns of clan labs is that methamphetamine residue remains indefinitely, unless the contaminated area has been remediated properly. This is of particular concern for a clan lab in a rental property that is then tenanted to a family without it being cleaned by someone who understands the hazards and risks involved.
A positive step forward is the development of the Clandestine Drug Laboratory Remediation Guidelines which have been published by the Australian Crime Commission.
What we offer
Whilst we are Melbourne based, we provide all of the following services in other areas of Australia.
The discovery of clan labs is increasing across the country and Australia is just beginning to understand the extent of this becoming a community-based issue. A large part of my role is to help increase the awareness of the hazards associated with the discovery of a clan lab and the importance of ensuring it is remediated correctly so future tenants are not at risk. This will be through ongoing discussions with Environmental Health Officers, Real Estate Agents, Remediators and possibly Landlords and Police.