Wuppertal Course on Explosion Protection and Safety Management in the Chemical Process Industries


5 September – 7 October 2022

The Federal Government of Germany, the University of Wuppertal, and the Technical Secretariat of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) wish to inform OPCW Member States about an online course on explosion protection and safety management in the chemical process industries for Member States in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

The course is intended for participants with a background in chemistry, chemical engineering, or the chemical industry who are currently working at a chemical or manufacturing industrial facility or who, because of their involvement in the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention, are called upon to interact with the chemical industry at various levels (for example, in relation to formulating, analysing, or implementing chemical safety policies in their home countries). 


The course has been designed using the “train-the-trainer” approach for participants who are in a position and ready to share the gained knowledge and expertise in their home countries for the full implementation of the Convention.


The course will begin with a briefing on the Convention, particularly those provisions related to how it is implemented in terms of the chemical industry. Subsequently, the focus will shift to the following topics:

  • Management of hazardous substances (chemical transportation, handling and storage);
  • Human factors (organisational and communicational aspects);
  • Explosion protection (hazard assessment approach, determination of substance properties, zoning, ignition sources, explosion protection measures, etc.); and
  • Group exercises (explosion hazard assessment approach based on examples from the process industries).

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