OPCW, Finland course focuses on assistance and protection against chemical threats
The course, which began Monday in Kuopio, Finland, aims to provide basic foundations on the use of personal protective equipment and measures and operations relating to monitoring, decontamination and detection of chemical weapons or toxic industrial chemicals. Portions of the training will also focus on sharing information related to the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). Participants will also be given the chance to discuss potential cooperative measures between state parties and the OPCW.
The training will conclude with a practical exercise involving a simulation of a chemical incident to test emergency response capabilities. According to the OPCW, 20 participants are taking the training course.
The CWC prohibits the use, development, stockpiling and research into chemical weapons. A majority of sovereign nations are party to this international treaty. The OPCW serves as the international organization in charge of enforcing the treaty and providing regional training courses in several areas related to implementation, preparedness and mitigation against a potential chemical threat. The OPCW also offers courses in analytical chemistry practices, medical assistance and in customs practices in support of the CWC.