OPCW holds chemical safety management course

OPCW holds chemical safety management course.
OPCW holds chemical safety management course.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) held a course on chemical safety management for African state parties this past week, the organization announced on Monday.

A total of 13 participants from 11 countries attended this training that took place at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal (BUW) in Germany. This course focused on legislation, hazards relating to incendiary, toxic and explosive materials and overall hazard assessment practices. A major focal point of the course was protection measures for managing materials that fall under chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) categorization.

During the training course participants worked with implementation exercises involving technical-safety practices that are necessary in order to fulfill national responsibilities relating to the safe management of the chemical industry.

The OPCW received support from the German Federal Foreign Office in order to carry out this training course. Countries that were represented consisted of: Cameroon, Burundi, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa, Nigeria, Sudan, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Tunisia.

The course also featured practical exercises that were carried out in the chemical engineering department of the university and within a miniature plant designed for training purposes.

The OPCW offers regional courses to state parties of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) on a regular basis with topics including implementation, chemical safety and management and analytical chemistry among others.

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