OPCW holds assistance and protection course

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is holding a training course on assistance and protection practices at their headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands, that began Wednesday and will last until Sept. 2.

This training session will be focused on the response capabilities that are appropriate following an incident or an attack that involves agents of chemical warfare and highly toxic chemicals for instructors of various governmental agencies. This would include coverage of proper personnel protection measures and garments and rescue and decontamination measures to treat the affected area.

This course will also provide information on what services the OPCW is able to provide in case an event occurs involving these kinds of chemicals. The session will also cover practices and information on how to pass on this information to their respective countries' departments and agencies.

The OPCW is the main international organization behind the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) in terms of implementation of the convention and the enforcement of its policy. The OPCW takes part in regular training exercises in multiple areas relating to the CWC, including implementation, medical response and incident preparedness and response, analytical chemistry and offers training and validation to laboratories wishing to become official OPCW designated facilities.

The CWC prohibits the use, development and stockpiling of chemical weapons globally.