OPCW-IUPAC Safety Training Programme E-Learning Course for Member States in the Latin America and the Caribbean Region


4 October – 3 December 2021

This training will be co-organised by the OPCW and the Chemical Industries Association of Uruguay, with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay and with the joint financial support of the OPCW and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC).


The objective of the training is to provide an update on the current standards, policies, and best practices in occupational safety, chemicals hazards, handling, storage, and transport of chemicals and waste management. It has been designed for representatives of chemical companies, research institutions, and specialised agencies from the OPCW Member States in the GRULAC region working in the field of environment, health, safety, and security related to the use of chemicals. The training programme is being implemented within the scope of the capacity-building programmes regarding the peaceful applications of chemistry under Article XI of the Chemical Weapons Convention.


The content of the course will include e-learning and real-time/interactive sessions and will be divided into five main modules:

  • Module 1: Safety (2 weeks): Basic concepts, Safety, Health, Environment and Security (SHE&S), accident costs, accident causes, statistical study on accidents, accident investigation, hazard identification, risk assessment, and preventive and protective controls.
  • Module 2: Chemicals (3 weeks): Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals, physical hazards, health and environmental hazards, handling, storage, United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods, waste management, and green chemistry.
  • Module 3: Security (1 week): Duties and responsibilities, security risk assessment, identification of vulnerable points, protection of people, protection of physical and intellectual property, protection of a company’s reputation, preventing assets being used to cause harm, control measures, and the OPCW.
  • Module 4: Emergencies (1 week): First aid after exposure to chemicals, fire and explosions intervention, spill control, emergency preparedness and response.
  • Module 5: Management and culture (1 week): ISO114.000 and ISO 45.000 standards, integrated management systems (Quality, Safety, Health, Environment and Security – QSHE&S), Responsible Care®, ISO 26.000 (social responsibility), United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and safety culture.

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