On behalf of the Government of the Czech Republic and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Director-General wishes to invite States Parties to nominate participants for the fifth assistance and protection course for instructors, which will take place from 13 to 21 May 2020 in Lázně Bohdaneč, the Czech Republic.
The course is being organised by the Technical Secretariat (hereinafter “the Secretariat”) and will provide training for instructors who are involved in training first responders to chemical emergency incidents. The course will cover the following topics:
(a) protection of personnel during a chemical emergency;
(b) sampling and detection procedures;
(c) rescue and decontamination operations in contaminated areas; and
(d) appropriate responses and countermeasures in the event of incidents involving chemical warfare agents or toxic chemicals
The course will also provide an overview of the kinds of assistance the OPCW can provide, and will help participating States Parties to enhance the ability and skills of instructors in their countries to offer training on how to provide protection against chemical weapons and other toxic chemicals, as well as on how to manage chemical incidents.