Clandestine Meth Lab Awareness Course

Intended Trainee Population
The intended trainee population includes fire and rescue personnel, police officers, EMS personnel, public works employees, and other workers who are likely to discover an illegal drug manufacturing operation or discover materials from such an operation that have been improperly stored or disposed of.

Applicable Standards
This course is intended to be provided as an adjunct to hazardous materials emergency response training. It is intended to compliment First Responder Awareness Level training as required by 29 CFR 1910.120(q)(6)(i) or equivalent requirements referenced in 40 CFR 311.

Learning Objectives
After completing the course, the trainee will be able to:

  • Describe the current prevalence of illicit methamphetamine production and the resulting likelihood that first responders will encounter illegal labs in the course of their duties.
  • Recognize specific items that may be used in methamphetamine production, including:
    • common household, hardware, and automotive items
    • laboratory glassware and equipment
    • chemical substances including over-the-counter medications
    • Recognize general clues to the presence of illegal labs
    • Recognize chemical substances involved in methamphetamine production and describe the hazards associated with them
    • Explain how issues related to responder safety, criminal apprehension, and evidence preservation must be carefully considered when clandestine labs are discovered or suspected
    • Explain environmental, clean-up, and property damage issues related to illegal lab operations

    Curricula Components

    • Clandestine Drug Lab Awareness training manual produced by CLEAR/WST
    • CLEAR/WST Resource CD-ROM
    • Teaching materials in PowerPoint format
    • Video: The Nazi Dope Method of Methamphetamine Production by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
    • PowerPoint presentations and various items used in classroom demonstrations

    Clandestine Drug Lab Awareness Module Outline

    I.    Introduction to the problem of clandestine drug manufacturing

    II.    Types of drugs that are illegally produced

    III.    Items that can serve as clues to illegal labs

    1. Common household, hardware, and automotive items
    2.  Laboratory equipment and glassware
    3. Chemical substances and over-the-counter medications

    IV.    General Clues to the presence of illegal labs

    V.    Chemicals commonly used in methamphetamine production

    1. Recognition and identification
    2.  Hazards and precautions

    VI.    Issues related to criminal activity

    1. Responder safety
    2.  Criminal apprehension
    3. Evidence preservation

    VII.    Waste disposal, environmental remediation, and property damage issues

    VIII.    Course Closeout

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