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Resource Outlines Chemical Safety and Security Best Practices and Shortfalls

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) recently announced the availability of a new resources to help state parties create robust chemical safety and security management systems.

This first publication in a series of guidance tools, Needs and Best Practices on Chemical Safety and Security, outlines best practices, identified through the contributions from sixteen countries.

This report marks the first step in curating a collection of OPCW manuals that will feature tools, guidance and best practices in chemical safety and security management. OPCW intends to utilize this initiative to develop an extensive compendium of lessons learned in order to strengthen integrated approaches to chemical risk management worldwide.

The report’s launch took place at a Nov. 30 event in conjunction with the Twenty-First Conference of States Parties in The Hague.

During the launch event, attendees were offered a glimpse into some of the regulations, frameworks and best practices identified in the report, which underpin public and private sector safety and security management systems. The audience said that the report’s collection of more than 60 links to guidance documents made the publication an effective and easy-to-use reference point.

Successive reports will include additional Member States’ responses.

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