The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) announced Thursday it has partnered with the technical secretariat of the Kazakhstan government to host an international emergency response exercise session.
A large portion of the three-day exercise was the proper use of personal protective equipment, detection, sampling, analysis and decontamination techniques in the event of a chemical attack or accident. Nineteen participants representing Armenia, Bulgaria, Cuba, Belarus, Georgia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, Vietnam and host country Kazakhstan took place in the exercises.
Both the basic and advanced courses took place in the republic of Belarus. Participants also covered areas relating to emergency preparedness in this area. The OPCW report states that this concludes the training cycle for Russian-speaking countries and their first responders.
The OPCW is the primary organization charged with the enforcement and implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention. The CWC prohibits the use, development, stockpiling and other activity relating to the use of chemical weapons of mass destruction.
Through the treaty, the OPCW offers regional training courses in multiple areas that includes implementation practices, analytical chemistry and OPCW-lab training, medical countermeasures, customs practices and emergency preparedness and response in the case of a chemical attack or other incident.