OPCW holds sampling, analysis training in Poland

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) held a course in sampling and analysis of contaminated environments in Czestochowa, Poland last week.

The course information included training on the use of personal protection equipment and breathing apparatuses. It also covered sampling techniques for areas that have been or are suspected to be contaminated with chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) material, with special attention to those impacted by possible chemical or biological agents.

The training was a collaborative effort between the OPCW and the government of Poland with the support of the Polish Central School of the State Fire Service.

A total of 16 countries participated in the five-day course, including: Argentina, Antigua, Bermuda, Bahamas, Brazil, Barbados, Jamaica, Kenya, Macedonia, Portugal, Saint Kitts, Nevis, Saint Lucia, Sudan, Turkey and Ukraine.

An information exchange also was held among representatives in the training course. They spoke of their personal experience, how the training helped them personally and how the information would be used once they returned to their respective countries.
   
Regular training is held for member states under the Chemical Weapons Convention. Course types can range from prevention and response to emergency response to implementation measures in political and legislative space.

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