The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said Tuesday it conducted an international course on chemical safety and security management in partnership with the Instituto Nacional de Tecnologia Industrial (INTI) of Argentina.
The five-day course held at INTI headquarters in Buenos Aires drew 19 participants from countries in the Latin American and Caribbean region. The course covered the best practices for safety and security procedures for laboratories so the facilities can better serve the mission of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). The main focus of the course related to on-site procedures and managing either chemical or microbiological agents.
The course brought together individuals who will lead training sessions in their respective countries' laboratory facilities. Countries that were represented included Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uraguay and Argentina .
The OPCW is the facilitating international organization for the implementation and enforcement of the CWC. The CWC stipulates that courses in areas relating to implementation, medical assistance, chemical management and security, analytical chemistry and policy be regularly held in major regions around the world for member states.