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Indiana State Department of Health
Indiana Responders & the Indiana Process
Indiana State Police (ISP) Methamphetamine Suppression Unit: http://www.in.gov/meth/
- Proactively suppress methamphetamine activity.
- Investigate suspicious meth lab activity.
Local Health Departments: http://www.in.gov/isdh/24822.htm
- The mission of the Methamphetamine Suppression Section is to pro-actively suppress meth production in Indiana by utilizing a three pronged approach; which focuses on enforcement, education, and the creation of partnerships.
- The Indiana State Police responds to and dismantles meth labs discovered by local law enforcement.
- The Indiana State Police removes bulk chemicals, reactions, and things that pose an immediate threat to public safety and the environment.
- The Indiana State Police also aid in the collection of evidence.
- To be certified to process labs, an officer must attend a 40 hour certification training class, be provided and utilize specific personal protective equipment, be subject to a medical monitoring and respiratory protection program, complete 24 hours of on the job training, and complete 8 hours of refresher training each year to maintain the certification.
- The Methamphetamine Suppression Unit submits an occurrence report to the local county health department and the local fire department.
- The Occurrence Report includes information such as
- Incident Number
- Type of Laboratory Seizure
- Items Found
- Vehicle Information if found in a vehicle
- Children under age 18
- Living conditions of home
- The agencies that the occurrence report has been sent to
- Investigating Officer and contact information
Indiana State Health Department (ISDH) Environmental Public Health Division: http://www.in.gov/isdh/20389.htm
- Protects public health by ensuring that contaminated properties remain vacant until they are properly remediated.
- Local County Health Departments issue an abatement order to the property owner.
- IC 16-41-20: Chapter 20. Health, Sanitation, and Safety: Dwellings Unfit for Human Habitation
Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM)
- The staff consults with, and provides technical assistance to local health departments.
- The Indiana State Department of Health laboratories can process methamphetamine wipe samples for local health officials under certain circumstances.
Qualified Inspectors: http://www.in.gov/idem/4184.htm
- Standardize and regulate a process to turn contaminated properties back into “clean” properties.
- Train and oversee private “Qualified Inspectors” to supervise and coordinate cleanups.
- IDEM administers 318 IAC 1 (http://www.in.gov/legislative/iac/iac_title?iact=318) (adopted in 2007)
- 318 IAC 1 puts the burden on the property owners to vacate homes until remediated
- Hired by property owners to test and clean contaminated properties in order to be reoccupied or sold.
- Listed by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management as certified when completing the following:
Department of Child Services: http://www.in.gov/dcs/files/IN_DECResponseProtocol.pdf
- Accumulation of at least 40 hours of experience.
- Training for supervisors from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
- Received training from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management on decontamination and inspection of contaminated properties.
- Passed with a score of at least 80% on an examination on the Indiana Department of Environmental Management training.
- Take an 8 hour biennial refresher training
- Maintain professional liability insurance; errors and omissions insurance; and pollution prevention insurance.
- Protects children endangered by meth-related activities.
- Indiana Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline 1-800-800-5556