Industry outreach: Promoting Chemical Safety Management

The chemical safety and security management programme is an international-cooperation programme designed to focus on chemical-industry outreach and industry-related aspects of the implementation of the Convention. 

Under this programme, seminars are held in order to meet the increasing need for specific safety and security training with regard to the rapidly expanding and increasingly complex chemical industries. 

Through the seminars, OPCW Member States and their industries are provided with the tools and knowledge required to mitigate the risks arising from chemical-industry accidents and the threat of terrorism. 

With this in mind, participants are sensitized to the new approaches that can be adopted in relation to safety and security management, focusing on small and medium-sized enterprises. 

By promoting and disseminating standardized and best practices, the seminars benefit chemical‑industry personnel involved in safety-management issues, enhance the capacities of National Authorities and chemical-industry associations in the Member States, and indirectly benefit the general public.

Objectives:

  • Discuss specific safety management issues (both software and hardware).
  • Sharing of information/exchange of experiences.
  • Review best practices/generate recommendations to promote safety management.
  • Foster wider regional cooperation.
  • Enhance and promote the safe handling of chemicals at the national and international level.

Activities (as at 31/12/2013):

  • Seminar on Chemical Safety and Security Management for Member States of the OPCW in the Asia Region, Tokyo, Japan, November 2009
  • Course on Chemical Safety Management for African Member States, Wuppertal, Germany, November 2009
  • Seminar on Chemical Safety and Security Management , The Hague, The Netherland, July 2010
  • Seminar on Chemical Safety and Security Management for Member States of the OPCW in the African Region Pretoria, South Africa, May 2011
  • National Seminar on Chemical Safety and Security Management for India, Mumbai, India, April 2011
  • National Seminar on Chemical Safety and Security Management for India, Vadodara, India, April 2011
  • Seminar on Chemical Safety and Security Management for Member States of the OPCW in Southeast Asia and South Asia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 2011
  • Seminar on Chemical Safety and Security Management for Member States of the OPCW in the Gulf Cooperation Council, Doha, Qatar, November 2011
  • Course on Chemical Safety Management for African Member States, Wuppertal, Germany, November 2011
  • Seminar on Chemical Safety and Security Management for Member States of the OPCW in Southeast Asia and South Asia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 2012
  • Chemical Industry Engagement for Chemical Safety and Security Management on the Sidelines of IndiaChem 2012, Mumbai, India Octover 2012
  • Seoul Workshop on the Peaceful Development and Use of Chemistry for Members States of the OPCW in Southeast Asia and South Asia Seoul, Republic of Korea, November 2012
  • Course on Chemical Safety Management for African Member States Wuppertal, Germany, November 2012
  • Seminar on Chemical Safety and Security Management for Member States of the OPCW in the Asia Region, Doha, Qatar, December 2012
  • Seminar on Chemical Safety and Security Management for Member States of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Kathmandu, Nepal - 2012
  • Experts Meeting on the Development of a Chemical Safety Rating System for Indian Chemical Industry, New Delhi, India, February 2013
  • Seoul, Republic of Korea – 2013
  • Doha, Qatar – 2013
  • Mexico City, Mexico – 2013
  • Course on Chemical Safety Management for African Member States, Wuppertal, Germany – November 2013