Protection against Chemical Weapons

Civil protection exercise, Philippines 2003
Civil protection exercise, Philippines 2003.

Some States Parties fear that the development of protection against chemical weapons may be a possible way of facilitating the proliferation of such weapons. For example, access to better detection methods and better personal protective equipment could simplify safety problems during the production of chemical weapons. These States Parties take the position that the provisions in Article X on the exchange of protective equipment and information must be read in conjunction with Article I, paragraph 1, which, inter alia, prohibits States Parties from assisting any activity that could contribute to the proliferation of chemical weapons.

The same type of concern was recognised by the drafters of the Convention. In order to increase transparency in protection matters, and thus to make it more difficult for a State Party to disguise the development of chemical weapons as a protection activity, Article X, paragraph 4, requires States Parties to annually provide information on their national protective programmes.

In this section:

Overview
How to protect ourselves from a chemical attack.
Protective Equipment
An overview of chemical weapons protective equipment.
Collective Protection
Collective protection against Chemical Weapons.
Detection
An overview of methods for the detection of chemical warfare agents.
Decontamination
Decontamination of chemical warfare agents.
Health & Safety Issues
An overview of OPCW Health and Safety Policy.
Protection National Programmes
Submission of information regarding National Programmes related to protective purposes.
More Information on Protection
A list of links to information related to protection against chemical weapons.

More Sources

Find here a list of sites with more information on chemical and biological weapons.