More than 400 employees of Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools received training concerning Trafficking, Storage, and Use of Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and Their Precursors.
According to the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan «On Civil Protection» (Clause 79, Subclause 4) such training is obligatory for technical supervisors, specialists, and employees engaged in a technological process of a hazardous production facility operating, performing technical maintenance, technical certification, assembly and repair of hazardous industrial facilities, performing work in hazardous industrial facilities, as well as attested, design organisations and other organisations engaged in operation in hazardous industrial facilities.
The training is primarily aimed at teaching teachers and laboratory assistants practices of safe use, storage, transportation and disposal of precursors.
The training focused on the following:
• types and properties of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors
• state control over trafficking narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors
• safe practices of storage and disposal of narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors
• responsibility for violation of safe practices of procurement, transportation, and use of precursors
• personal protection equipment used when working with precursors
• reporting forms for registration, storage, and use of precursors
• first aid regulations for instances of fire trauma, injury or poisoning.
This on-the-job training was held in Chemistry and Biology class-rooms, as well as laboratory rooms. Lectures especially emphasised rules of storage, registration, writing-off, and disposal of precursors. Issues of storage, reporting, writing-off, registration, and disposal of precursors caused great interest. In addition to lectures, teachers demonstrated physical and chemical properties of precursors in laboratory hoods.
All personal protective equipment items were demonstrated in actual practice when performing laboratory works with precursors. Training included use of training equipment, demonstration of acids and other material converting into precursors depending on concentration and weight. Moreover, training participants discussed ways of equipping rooms intended for use and storage of precursors.
Training consisted of interactive sessions; all the participants were involved in discussion of statutes and regulations, as well as practical issues. The participant demonstrated deep engagement during the sessions and their professional background. Participants were awarded with completion certificates.