Training International


International Specialist Training


Safe handling and destruction of illicit chemicals and drugs in remote environments


Governments, Military and Law Enforcement units operating in high threat and remote environments where no waste management infrastructure is available.


3 Days (subject to Agency requirements or learning objectives)

Course Description:

Training is based predominantly on the guidance set out in the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) guidelines for the "Safe handling and disposal of chemicals from illicit drug manufacture" (UNODC, 2011) and the UNODC "Illustrated guide for the disposal of chemicals used in the illicit manufacture of drugs" (UNODC, 2017). This training is presented by the co-author and author respectively of these UNODC guidance documents.

This unique training has been developed for a range of Government agencies as well as specialist Military and Law Enforcement units operating in remote and high threat environments where large volumes of illicit chemicals and drugs, including narcotics and synthetic drugs, can be encountered. For operational safety reasons, these hazardous, toxic and highly reactive chemicals and drugs must often be handled and destroyed within a short operational window and in the absence of normal safety and waste management infrastructure.

Providing practical knowledge and hands-on training, this course teaches personnel critical chemical handling and safety principles, as well as the appropriate use of chemical safety and respiratory protection equipment which can be applied and utilised within a remote operational setting. The training also provides personnel with the necessary operational knowledge to identify appropriate disposal locations, strategies to mitigate both health and environment risk and teaches a range of improvised disposal methods, including safety, emergency recovery/casualty extraction and operational destruction exercises.

The training covers eight main improvised disposal methods, adopted under the UNODC guidance, which can be utilised in remote and high threat environments.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will become familiar with basic chemical handling and safety procedures which they will be able to apply when handling hazardous, toxic or unknown chemicals or drugs. This element of the training will also equip participants with the required knowledge to safely move or handle hazardous and bulk chemicals, where in-situ destruction is not possible.

Participants will also learn about physical and chemical hazards and exposure risks, as well as learning, through hands-on practical exercises, the appropriate use of basic chemical safety and respiratory protection equipment. The participants will learn to identify preferred destruction locations and strategies to mitigate risk to human health, the environment and local communities. Finally, participants will learn how to safely undertake a non-explosive destruction including chemical neutralisation, open-air burns for volatile and semi-volatile as well as destruction of non-combustible chemicals. The destruction training exercise will also teach participants how to respond in the event of a chemical incident or explosion, including emergency response procedures and causality extraction.