Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons reports completion of international safety management course
Eleven participants represented regions in Latin America, Asia and the Caribbean. The training focused on the safe handling of chemical material. They covered legislative practice, risks in operational and environmental contexts, chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNE) protection and other areas.
Participants were tasked with laboratory exercises and visited both a chemical plant and the Fire Fighting Department of Wuppertal.
This safety course was jointly organized by the OPCW, the Bergische Universität Wuppertal (BUW) and the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.
Following the course, participants and organizers discussed plans to promote safety in chemical management for their respective countries, as well as for regional and international levels. This would involve subsequent training and other sessions with the appropriate agencies, ministries and legislators.
Those present at this training course will also be working with legislators and members of academia in order to advise in the creation of policy and other measures for their respective countries and regions.
The following countries were present at this course: Argentina, Brazil, Barbados, China, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Malaysia, Paraguay, Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka.