Eighth Course on Conducting Sampling in a Highly Contaminated Environment

Czestochowa, Poland

4 – 8 May 2020

On behalf of the Government of Poland and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Director-General wishes to invite Member States to nominate participants for a training course in conducting sampling and analysis in a highly contaminated environment, to be held in Częstochowa, Poland, from 4 to 8 May 2020.


The main purpose of the training is to provide expert knowledge and skills to 20 specialists from Member States, who would be responsible for conducting sampling and analysis tasks in a highly contaminated environment as a result of a chemical attack or a chemical incident.


This specialized course makes trainees familiar with theory relevant to the subject and provides hands-on training on chemical, biomedical and environmental sampling techniques commonly employed in situations where chemical and/or biological warfare agents have been allegedly used. This knowledge is combined with skills in the use of individual protective equipment associated with self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) in order to experience additional difficulties that arise during the sampling process

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