Nigel Withell
Director and Testing Technician
Safe Zones Drug Testing Ltd

Nigel Withell has 20 years in the New Zealand Police as a detective and experience in crime scene forensics making him well qualified for the role of testing for drug contamination. Nigel is qualified as a Science Technician at Lincoln University with a Diploma in Field Technology and was employed by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, as a Science Technician.

Why choose Safe Zones Drug Testing Ltd?

  • As the testing technician for Safe Zones Drug Testing, I am prepared to stand at a Tenancy Tribunal or at a REAA hearing to give evidence that the testing was completed to the NIOSH 9111 Standard and samples that the samples were laboratory analysed and are accurate.
  • While there are many methods and devices used for the detection of Meth, Safe Zones Drug Testing only use laboratory analysed surface swabs. Not the less accurate strip or instant testing.
  • Safe Zones Drug Testing have developed a unique and accurate method of recording where Meth swab testing has been taken during the initial screen e.g (start of tenancy) which enables us to return to the exact location and test again at the end of a tenancy. This testing will provide with a high degree of reliability that contamination detected must have occurred since the previous test. This method of test is perfect for testing rental properties between tenancies.

The Real Estate Agents Authority in a newsletter dated 30th June 2016 to all real estate companies states in part “Given the potential challenges and reliability issues presented by strip testing, there is a strong argument for not supporting the use of these strip tests.”

It goes on to state “Remember, the reliability of the less expensive indicative tests is limited, and you could expose yourself to liability for the result should it be found to be inaccurate, or as a consequence of the results, contribute to a dispute. Potential complaints may include the failure to disclose an underlying defect, the failure to exercise skill care and competence when carrying out real estate agency work, failing to act in the best interests of the client and more.”