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Hazardous Materials Technician (Clandestine Laboratories)
Hosted by Environmental Response Training Program (ERTP)


(Clandestine Laboratories)
2 Days
This 2-day, 16-hour course emphasizes how to properly respond to clandestine laboratories as a Hazardous Materials Technician for the purpose of mitigating the release in accordancewith Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) 29 CFR1910.120(q)(6)(iii). This course is designed for the first responders (firefighters, law
enforcement, hazmat team members and environmental personnel responding to
emergencies). Individuals should have technician level training prior to attending this course.
The course focuses on:
·         Identifying clandestine drug laboratories.
·         Identifying chemical precursors used in the production of Methamphetamine.
·         Understanding the hazards of Methamphetamine clandestine drug laboratories.
·         Perform air monitoring on clandestine laboratories.
·         Use of surface sampling equipment to determine decontamination process or disposal needs of facilities & furnishings within  Methamphetamine laboratories.
·         Understanding EPA Guidance for Methamphetamine decontamination/encapsulation methods for the building.
After completing the course, participants will be able to:
·         Identifyhazards associated with clandestine laboratories.
·         Classify, identify and verify known and unknown materials using field survey
instruments and sampling equipment.
·         Understand and implement decontamination procedures.
·         Understand local, state and federal guidance for clandestine laboratories.
Topics that are discussed include: New Drug Endangered Child Rules in Connecticut, Hazard Recognition, Chemical Precursors, Sampling Procedures, Air Monitoring, U.S. EPA Region 1 Guidance on Meth lab cleanup/DECON, Connecticut State Police (Statewide Narcotics Unit) and Connecticut State Forensics Lab (sampling packaging needs).
Instructional methods used are lectures, class problem-solving sessions, and exercises.
Emphasis is on the hands-on use of equipment to practically apply lecture information.
Class members will participate in a clandestine laboratories exercise designed to apply and test thelessons learned during the course. Participants will wear self-contained breathingapparatus (SCBA) with fully encapsulating suits. Individuals who are not participating in arespiratory protection and medical surveillance program should contact Registration andtheir employer prior to attending this course.
NOTE: A medical evaluation in accordance with the Respiratory Protection
Standard, 29 CFR 1910.134 is necessary in order to attend this course. Each
student must include with their registration a letter from their supervisor or a
copy of a medical certificate that clearly states that a medical evaluation has been
completed and that the student is medically able to wear respiratory protection
equipment. If registration is done on-line, fax a copy of the
document to the ERTP Registrar at 513-251-0200.




For general information contact Registrar by telephone at 513-251-7669 or via e-mail at

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