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NCJ Number: 121350 Find in a Library
Title: Hazardous Chemicals From Clandestine Labs Pose Threat to Law Enforcement
Journal: Police Chief  Volume:57  Issue:1  Dated:(January 1990)  Pages:37-41
Author(s): E F Conners III
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
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Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
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Document: PDF
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The investigation and handling of clandestine drug labs poses special problems for law enforcement.
Abstract: Agencies that have successfully addressed the problems posed by illegal drug labs suggest some guidelines. Agencies must develop and document policy and procedures for investigating and handling clandestine drug labs. This may be done through an ongoing safety committee chaired by a hazardous materials coordinator. Agencies should also develop safety training and medical screening and surveillance for employees exposed to hazardous substances. Procedures should meet standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Adequate protective equipment should be provided for employees exposed to hazardous substances. Police agencies should contract with a licensed hazardous waste disposal company for clandestine lab site cleanup, decontamination, and storage and disposal of hazardous substances. State agencies responsible for environmental protection and for workers' health and safety must also be involved in the problem. 10 notes.
Main Term(s): Designer drugs; Drug manufacturing
Index Term(s): Hazardous substances or materials; Occupational safety and health; Police management; Police safety
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