As part of the introduction of the NZS8510 a revision was conducted on the contamination levels that were in place. It was determined that it would be safe to lift the levels for contamination to the levels listed below. Any areas above these levels are determined uninhabitable and require decontamination by an experienced decontamination company, using a product that has been determined as fit for purpose.
- 1.5 µg/100cm2 – Dwelling either use or Manufacture all high use areas
- 3.8 µg/100cm2 – determined for low use areas such as ceiling cavities *
* NB – low use areas are areas that do not have easy access for children and adults and predominantly used for storage. It is important to note that storage of goods in these areas is NOT recommended.
Currently there is no NZQA course in place for testers to obtain. The course content is currently being researched and the course is currently in development stages. This means that regardless of anyone being IANZ accredited, they are still not NZQA qualified and accredited as screeners. IANZ accreditation does not, replace the NZQA accreditation which is the requirement as per NZS8510/2017 for becoming a qualified screener, they require this qualification as well. As soon as the NZQA courses are available, our team will gain this qualification.
Currently Independent Drug Screening Testers work as much to the new standard as is possible and have adapted all testing procedures and recommendations in the NZS8510 document.
The introduction of this standard has meant that there are some rigid guidelines around the testing procedures and steps which have increased on average the number of sites that are required to be tested. Our samplers will discuss with you what will be required.
At all times we will evaluate the situation based on circumstance and back ground presented for each and every job we undertake. We are committed to delivering a high standard of both sampling services and advice to our clients based on our depth of experience.