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Seminar on the Chemical Weapons Convention and Chemical Safety and Security Management
May 28, 2014

Seminar on the Chemical Weapons Convention and
Chemical Safety and Security Management

Beijing, China, 23-25 April 2014

The Government of China and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the Director-General is pleased to invite National Authorities and/or governmental representatives responsible for chemical-safety and-security management, representatives from chemical-industry associations, and managers involved in chemical-industry safety and security and in Responsible Care® to submit applications for a seminar for Member States of
the OPCW that are also members of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) on the Chemical Weapons Convention (hereinafter "the Convention") and chemical-safety-and-security management, to be held in China, from 23 to 25 April 2014.

The seminar was organized in order to further promote international-cooperation programmes that focus on chemical-industry outreach and industry-related aspects of the implementation of Article XI of the Convention. The aim of this seminar is to support chemical-safety-and-security management in the chemical industry in ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) countries. The overall goal is to sensitize States Parties to the new approaches that can be adopted in relation to chemicalsafety-and-security management, with a particular focus on providing assistance to small and medium-sized enterprises and promoting regional cooperation. By promoting and disseminating standardized and best practices in chemical safety, the seminar will benefit chemical-industry personnel who are involved in safety-and-security management issues, enhance the capacities of government regulators and chemical industry associations in Member States of the OPCW in ASEAN and SAARC, and indirectly benefit the general public as a whole.

Seminar on the CWC and CSS Management held in Beijing China, take place on 23-25 April 2014

The objectives of the seminar include the following:

  • to provide an opportunity for participating States Parties to consider and discuss specific chemical-safety-and-security management issues related to chemical processes that have a direct bearing on the effective implementation of the Convention;
  • to contribute to the sharing of information and the exchange of experiences on the practical implementation of chemical-safety-and-security management programmers;
  • to review best practices in regard to the safety-and-security management of chemicals and to generate, through interactions and discussions, recommendations on the structure for future regional cooperation to promote these practices in small and medium-sized enterprises in ASEAN and SAARC countries;
  • to foster wider cooperation between States Parties on issues related to the chemical industry in order that the objectives of Article XI of the Convention of promoting the peaceful uses of chemistry can be achieved; and
  • to enhance and promote the safe and secure handling of chemicals at the national level.

This seminar allows ample time for question-and-answer sessions, and includes theoretical and practical components. The seminar topics include an overview of international-cooperation programmes, of the Convention, and of the OPCW. During the seminar, participants will be provided with updated information on, inter alia, current practices and concepts relating to the safety-and-security management of chemical processes, the history of the subject, modern safety strategies, current trends in safety-and-security management in the chemical industry, chemical-site-security management, and safety-and-security culture. The best practices from the chemical industry will also be presented. Leading international and national experts in chemical-safety management will give presentations and facilitate the discussions.

Seminar participants delivered brief presentations on current safety-and-security management practices based on their experience, including suggestions for improving the safetymanagement culture in their respective countries or in the companies for which they work. This will also facilitate development of a regional cooperation programme to promote chemical safety and security.

The OPCW Technical Secretariat provides sponsorship for three participants from each country including from government (National Authorities) and industry associations. Participant from Indonesia represented by Mr. Setyabudhi Zuber (Responsible Care® Indonesia); Mr. Dwi Purbo Kuncoro (INA-PCW, Indonesia National Authority for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons), and Ms. Regina Anindita from the Directorate of Downstream Chemical Industry, Ministry of Industry.

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