Case Study

Delivering Specialized Hazardous Materials Training

A Case Study in Chemical Weapons Destruction

In a hazardous environment, safety is paramount. GP Strategies’ extensive chemical agent demilitarization experience, coupled with our core competency in training, ensures the thorough, process-driven safety, emergency preparedness, and technical training needed to complete your mission.

Our expertise, personnel, and partnerships help support organizations in all aspects from technical roles to facility operations, throughout every phase of your organization’s lifecycle, and with the goal of preserving and protecting the well-being of operators, managers, and personnel.

GP Strategies has supported the destruction of chemical weapons since 1985 on projects that include:

  • BZ Destruction Program
  • Chemical Demilitarization Training Facility (CDTF)
  • Anniston Chemical Agent Disposal Facility
  • Aberdeen Chemical Agent Disposal Facility

Learn about our leadership in chemical demilitarization

Our support for the development of the Emergency Preparedness Management and Response Program for the Chemical Materials Agency (CMA) included the following:

  • Developing CMA policy for facility emergency response exercise programs
  • Developing CMA’s Guide to Emergency Response Exercises
  • Providing input for the development of the Guide to Emergency Response Planning
  • Developing program-wide standardized emergency response training
  • Evaluating site emergency response exercises

Our development and management of the emergency preparedness program for the prime contractor at the Aberdeen Chemical Agent Disposal Facility include the following:

  • Developing the emergency response plan
  • Developing emergency response procedures
  • Conducting emergency response training
  • Conducting drills and exercises
  • Evaluating and improving the effectiveness of the emergency response program

Leverage the personal protective equipment (PPE) training thousands have received

As a part of the overall training and exercise program at the CDTF, GP Strategies conducts first responder training in a simulated chemical environment. Over a six-day period, students participate in a series of live drills that are designed to allow them to practice their skills in donning and doffing PPE, controlling chemical agent contamination, rescuing a chemical agent casualty, and conducting decontamination operations. GP Strategies has conducted hundreds of classes and trained thousands of students since the start of training operations in 1991.

Trust GP Strategies for chemical agent monitoring and analysis

GP Strategies was responsible for the startup, operation, and management of the chemical agent laboratory for the prime contractor on the BZ Destruction Project. Key elements provided to the client included:

  • Developing monitoring, analytical, and quality plans
  • Developing standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • Developing monitoring and analytical methods
  • Conducting precision and accuracy studies
  • Selecting, hiring, and training laboratory personnel
  • Collecting and analyzing samples in various matrixes
  • Maintaining records

As part of the overall training and exercise program at the CDTF, GP Strategies has conducted hundreds of classes for thousands of laboratory students on the operation and maintenance of chemical agent monitoring and analytical equipment. Major equipment includes the following:

  • Depot area air-monitoring system (DAAMS)
  • Automatic continuous air-monitoring system (ACAMS)
  • Miniature chemical air-monitoring system
  • Gas chromatographs
  • Mass spectrometers
Results at a glance
GP Strategies has conducted hundreds of classes for thousands of laboratory students on the operation and maintenance of chemical agent monitoring and analytical equipment.

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