California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

LEA and Facility Operator Training

April 2010: Clandestine Drug Lab Health Hazard Awareness

Class Description | Fee | Objectives | Summary | Instructor | Audience | Dates and Locations | CEUs

Class Description

This specialty class was geared for LEAs and CalRecycle staff that are field designated and might be exposed to hazardous situations. Attendees learned common sense safety practices, regulations and new California methamphetamine cleanup practices for drug lab contaminated properties. they also learned to identify typical chemicals used at drug labs and discuss possible risks to personnel and explored analytical methods used for detecting residue and determine applicable cleanup levels.


No Charge

Class Objectives

At the end of this class participants were able to identify a minimum of three common safety practices to implement when working in the field, recognize typical chemicals used at drug labs and describe risks to personnel associated with these chemicals.


Twenty-six (26) LEAs (representing 12 jurisdictions), 3 operators and 8 CalRecycle staff attended the training.


Michael Pixton, Senior Hazardous Substances Scientist, graduated from California State University, Stanislaus in 1986 and then worked as an analytical chemist and health and safety officer for three years. In 1989, he began work with the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) conducting hazardous waste compliance inspections, removals of clandestine labs, abandoned hazardous materials, and terrorism response.

Kenneth R. Beutler, C.I.H., is a senior industrial hygienist with DTSC, Emergency Response Branch. He has more than 20 years of experience in the comprehensive practice of industrial hygiene addressing employee exposure monitoring and sampling, health and safety program development, bloodborne and airborne pathogens, indoor air quality and clandestine drug lab and mold remediation.


  • Local Enforcement Agency staff
  • CalRecycle staff
  • Other interested stakeholders

Dates, Times and Locations

Course locations and dates piggy-back Asbestos Training

  • April 21, 2010, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Los Angeles County
  • April 29, 2010, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Sacramento

Continuing Education

Two Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) 2 continuing education units were available to participants in the class.


Please contact Melissa Hoover-Hartwick if you have questions or need help with registration.

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