Thirty-five participants received training on assistance and protection against chemical weapons during a regional basic course for Arabic speaking countries, which was held in Muscat, Oman from 24 to 28 April 2016.
The course was jointly organised by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the Sultanateof Oman’s Sultan’s Armed Forces. It gathered 20 international participants from 10 State Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention (Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, UAE and Yemen), in addition to 15 participants from Oman.
During the training, the participants learnt how to plan and build a support team in protection and rescue operations in contaminated areas, and how to provide appropriate responses, including countermeasures against the use of chemical warfare agents or incidents involving toxic chemicals. The course also included information on the types and characteristics of toxic chemicals, the use of individual protective equipment, the detection, sampling, monitoring and decontamination of toxic chemicals as well as chemical emergency response and incident management techniques.