Clandestine Laboratory Officer Safety Training

Course Description

This five day course is for those individuals that are assigned and respond to clandestine labs for the purpose of investigation, processing, and enforcement. This course has been designed to meet EPA 40 CFR 311 "Worker Protection", and OSHA 29 CFR 1910.120 "Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER)". Upon completion, the attendee will have the ability, once certified by his/her employer, to process a clandestine laboratory (operational or non-operational) or dumpsite to include assessment, hazard mitigation, evidence collection, chemical handling and documentation.

Topics Covered

• Intro to Clandestine Labs
• Clandestine Production Methods
• Chemical Hazards in a Clandestine Lab
• Chemical Toxicology
• Chemical Handling, Processing, and Evidence Collection
• Personal Clothing and Respiratory Protective Equipment
• Air Monitoring Equipment
• Physical Hazards
• Regulatory Implications
• Clandestine Laboratory Mock-Up: Evaluation, Dismantling, Sampling and Decontamination Exercises

Course Objectives

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the regulatory requirements associated with working within a hazardous material site before making entry.
  2. Identify the type of lab and the associated hazards based upon one or more of the following:
    1. Precursors used, lab set-up, hardware/apparatus/glassware present and monitoring instrumentation readings, and/or;
    2. Case-related intelligence.
  3. List specific administrative controls that an agency must do to meet federal, state and/or local regulations.
  4. Select specific air monitoring instrumentation for each lab type.
  5. Identify the necessary components of, and then develop/write a site-specific health and safety plan each time before making entry in any hazardous environment.
  6. List chemical-related "action levels" for each lab entry, based upon the level of personal protective equipment (PPE) that the entry team is wearing.
  7. Demonstrate operational knowledge of basic air monitoring equipment.
  8. Demonstrate the knowledge and motor skills necessary to inspect, clean and wear an air purifying respirator and self contained breathing apparatus.
  9. List the components of a medical surveillance program.
  10. Identify the evidence at labs that need to be sampled and the steps to break down the labs for proper disposal based on chemical hazard class and RCRA


Course Length

5 days (40 hours)

Who May Attend This Course