Main­tain prop­erty in­spec­tions on farm

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - JOHN BROS­NAN

As em­ploy­ers, farm­ers have to make sure any ac­com­mo­da­tion they pro­vide is free of Metham­phetamine (P).

Farm houses fail­ing metham­phetamine tests are be­com­ing too com­mon. Farm houses are at­trac­tive tar­gets. But it is not just P labs that cause con­tam­i­na­tion. Us­ing P in the house can also cause is­sues.

It is ex­tremely dis­tress­ing for any­one af­fected and can be a very costly and time con­sum­ing process to clean. The by-prod­ucts of P use and man­u­fac­ture are ex­tremely dan­ger­ous. De­con­tam­i­na­tion is strictly a job for the pro­fes­sion­als.

Houses can be in­hab­it­able for pe­ri­ods of time, mean­ing al­ter­na­tive ac­com­mo­da­tion for staff has to be found, on top of clean­ing costs.

So how do we min­imise the risks of this hap­pen­ing to us?

Firstly, bench­mark your ex­ist­ing houses now. Get them tested and prove they are clean. This way you can be sure your prop­er­ties are safe for liv­ing in. Test your prop­er­ties be­fore new ten­ants move in.

Se­condly, drug test em­ploy­ees. Con­duct a em­ploy­ment drug test.

Thirdly, do monthly prop­erty in­spec­tions on all new staff. If you have had a staff mem­ber there awhile you may only do them quar­terly. your pre-

Even if the house is ef­fec­tively in the paddock be­side yours – do your in­spec­tions.

Fi­nally, check your in­sur­ance cover to see if you are pro­tected in the case that you did have a prop­erty con­tam­i­nated by P.

In my role I have seen an in­creas­ing num­ber of is­sues around drugs and their im­pact on the ru­ral work­place.

The above steps can help min­imise the risks and pro­tect the farm prop­er­ties for the owner and fu­ture ten­ants.

If you need any help please feel free to call me on 07 889 8838 or email john@co­op­eraitken.co.nz.

A house is tested for metham­phetamine by po­lice. There are pri­vate busi­nesses, ex­perts in test­ing for P, avail­able to in­spect houses for prop­erty owners.

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