This is Dustsafe Aotearoa.
Dustsafe Aotearoa is a part of a larger international community science initiative that offers testing of household vacuum dust samples for trace metals and metalloids. Having your housedust tested is free and easy. You’ll receive a report on your dust’s metal profile and what it means for you.
Dustsafe Aotearoa is running for a limited time. Make sure you send us your sample by September 2022!
1. Complete the sampling survey
As part of your participation in this program we need to collect data about your household to assist in interpreting the results.
Clicking the link below will take you to the survey. Once the survey is complete you will be emailed a unique sample ID, and instructions for collecting and labelling your sample.
2. Collect and prepare your dust sample
Once you complete the survey you will be emailed instructions on how to collect your dust sample and where to post it.
We ask that you fill a plastic resealable bag (sandwich bag or similar) with dust directly from your vacuum cleaner. Please include everything in your vacuum cleaner. Don’t worry about crumbs, strands of hair, or lego! We need a full bag of dust to be able to extract enough dust for analysis. The more dust, the better! You can even send your entire vacuum bag if thats easier!
3. Submit your dust samples for testing
Pack and send your sample by placing it carefully in a courier/regular post bag labelled with the address below:
ATTN: Dr. Melanie Kah
Building 302 Level 4 Room 471
23 Symonds Street, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
A bit about Dustsafe Aotearoa
Dustsafe Aotearoa is a project run by social and environmental scientists at the School of Environment at the University of Auckland in partnership with researchers at GNS Science and Macquarie University in Sydney. We are interested in environmental exposures and presence of lead and other metals in households which connects to our larger garden soil contaminants testing programme, Soilsafe Aotearoa. Our team’s broader research works with communities to understand the environments and contaminants they interact with and highlight the importance of healthy environments.
Learn more about dust test results in your area and beyond.
MapMyEnviroment in a collaborative citizen science platform that anonymously places results from dust and soil testing to approximate locations on a map. Select “Dust” as the sample type in the lower right box to see results from this programme.