OPCW holds chemical-safety course for States Parties in Africa

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons recently organized a chemical-safety management course for States Parties in Africa with the support of the German government's Federal Foreign Office and the Bergische Universität Wuppertal from Nov. 4 to Nov. 8.

The course was held at the Department of Safety Engineering at the BUW in Germany, and included 16 participants from Cameroon, Congo, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan and Tunisia.

Participants learned about relevant legislation, risks, fire, explosive and toxic hazards, hazard assessment and chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives protection. They were also given information about the international cooperation programs that OPCW offers to Member States.

BUW provided hands-on experience for disaster management and emergency response, which was completed in a specially built laboratory and a scaled-down chemical production plant. Participants learned about process-control engineering, manipulation of protection devices and safety management.

Participants toured Axalta, a chemical plant in the region, and the nearby Fire Department of Solingen/Wuppertal.

Participants were encouraged to develop a culture of safety and use modern technical-safety practices in their individual working environments when they returned home.

The management course was the fourth BUW organized for the States Parties in Africa.