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News · Amsterdam, The Netherlands, October 2019 – January 2020

Knowledge and experience to save the World


The Project’s goal was successfully to train the designated operating personnel and the other relevant personnel involved in the clean up operations at the former chemical weapons storage/destruction facilities (CWSF/ CWDF).
The objectives were to train the participants to recognize hazardous situations and the appropriate levels of protection.
The training scope was:
Training on Hazardous Material identification, specifically HD effluent, phosphorous trichloride, 2-chloroethanol, phosphorous oxychloride, thionyl chloride and tributylamine; and,
Training on Hazardous material operations, and on protection and response for the above mentioned chemicals;
The course was delivered as a 5-day training program which included theory, table-top, demo and practice.
The participants were nine experts/operators from former CWSF and CWDF facilities and five professional First Responders from the National Civil Defence School of Tunisia; they had a basic-to-advanced CBRN/HAZMAT background (the majority had advanced/extensive experience, some with only basic).
The program was developed based on the Tender specifications and requirements of the OPCW. CBRN P TCT had no influence on the original framework program. Nevertheless, in developing and finalising the detailed training program, additional instruction and guidance were received from the Libyan National Authority, based on which course tasks, presentations and booklets were updated. In addition to the original programs, a detailed Table-Top exercise on safety and technology use, as well as risk assessment of the treatment of reaction masses, was conducted. The materials were added to the electronic version of the corresponding booklet, as were more detailed technology and detection details/capabilities to cover specific operational issues.
Practical donning/doffing exercises and detectors use were done with participants with less experience from the CWSF/CWDF site and with Tunisian participants, thus also fulfilling the practical activities requirements.
Feedback from both groups (Libyan and Tunisian) was very positive as regards the readiness of instructors to address requirements to increase and decrease the importance of certain subject, as appropriate. The head of the Libyan National Authority and the OPCW were fully satisfied with the quality of the training course provided.

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