OPCW holds trainer's course for chemical threat response

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) held a training course for instructors of courses that relate to assistance and protection measures against chemical threats, it announced Tuesday.

The training, which was held in Lazne Bohdanec in the Czech Republic, brought 16 representatives together. The participants were required to prepare materials and train other participants in the course in order to prepare themselves for training within their respective countries. Participants also were evaluated through a practical exam to ensure they were comfortable with chemical emergency response.

The course included material on detection methods, personal protective equipment use, medical response aspects and decontamination. In simulations, participants conducted exercises in the necessary measures for contaminated areas. The course also covered advanced study of complex responses to a crisis that involves industrial chemicals or those found in chemical weapons.

Countries that were represented included Algeria, Azerbaijan, Congo, Costa Rica, Pakistan, Jordan, Malaysia, Panama, Paraguay, Portugal, Romania, Sudan, Turkey, Uganda, the U.K. and Ukraine.

The OPCW offers training courses around the world for state parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). These include analytical practices, training for laboratory staff to design an OPCW-designated lab, medical response and assistance, non-proliferation activity and CWC implementation.

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