News & Events

Side event “From prevention to response and recovery: an integrated approach to chemical accidents management”

Geneva International Conference Centre, Room 3, Switzerland, 2 October 2015, 14:00-14:45

The side event is implemented jointly by the Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit, OECD, UNECE, UNEP and WHO in the framework of the fourth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM4) (Geneva, 28 September-2 October 2015) which is organized by UNEP under the Strategic Approach for Chemicals Management (SAICM).

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 Report on Case Studies of Implementation of Chemical Accident Prevention and Preparedness Programmes

The recent past has yet again shown the importance of preventing chemical accidents and mitigating impact when they occur. To support countries in their efforts to address this challenge, UNEP has prepared a report entitled “Chemical Accident Prevention and Preparedness (CAPP) - Case studies of implementation” (2015). It disseminates the results, lessons learned and recommendations from countries experience in the development or improvement of national CAPP Programmes. Examples are drawn from projects implemented with support of UNEP and the SAICM Quick Start Programme Trust Fund in Cambodia, Mali, the Philippines Senegal, Sri Lanka and Tanzania. 
 
The Flexible Framework Chemical Accident Prevention and Preparedness methodology supports governments to develop, improve, or review Chemical Accident Prevention and Preparedness (CAPP) Programmes at the national level. These programmes encompass the collection of laws, regulations, policies, guidance, and other instruments developed by a country to address the various aspects of CAPP. UNEP developed, with a group of Experts, the Flexible Framework for Addressing Chemical Accident Prevention and Preparedness guidance (2010) and implementation support package (2012), which supports national implementation. This new report further highlights the large scope for application in all countries, relying on the Flexible Framework’s adaptability to the country’s level and nature of risks, to the resources available and to the political and legal contexts.

Read the report on Case Studies of Implementation.

 WCDRR PUBLIC FORUM EVENT “Towards disaster resilience: reducing risks from technological accidents triggered by natural hazards (Natech)”

Tohoku University, Kawauchi-Kita Campus, Room A106 Sendai, Japan, 16 March 2015, 9:00-12:00

In the frame of the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) in Sendai, the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI) of Kyoto University, UNEP/OCHA Joint Environment Unit and the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) are organising a side-event "Towards disaster resilience: reducing risks from technological accidents triggered by natural hazards (Natech)".
The side event will take place at Tohoku University, Kawauchi-Kita Campus, Room A106, on 16 March, 9:00-12:00. Since this side event is part of the WCDRR's Public Forum, registration to the WCDRR is not required to participate.
At this side event, experts from academia, government, the EU, and international organisations will share their experiences with Natech risk management, present dedicated research and implementation programmes, including existing guidance and tools, and discuss future needs for effective technological and Natech risk reduction.

More information on the rationale, objectives and the programme of the session.

MAHB Lessons Learned Bulletin #3 available in Chinese

As part of a co-operation between UNEP, the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) of China and the Major Accident Hazards Bureau (MAHB) of the European Commission, MAHB and MEP proceed to an exchange of case studies of accidents which has led to the translation of the Lessons Learned Bulletin 3 of MAHB on Major accidents having significant impact to the environment.
The issue can be downloaded free via the MAHB website

More information on MAHB Lessons Learned Bulletin on our Partner Links page.

2015 Green Star Awards

The Green Star Awards recognize individuals, organizations, governments and companies who have demonstrated achievements in prevention, preparedness and response to environmental emergencies. Environmental emergencies result from natural (e.g. earthquakes, hurricane, tsunami) or technological disasters (industrial accidents), conflicts, and other emergencies, where there is both severe environmental damage as well as harm to human health and/or livelihoods.
A joint initiative between Green Cross International (GCI), the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Green Star Awards seeks to increase awareness of environmental emergencies by drawing attention to efforts made to prevent, prepare for and respond to such emergencies.
You can still submit a nomination! Submissions should be sent by 15 December 2014.

Please find more information on http://www.gcint.org/green-star-awards3

IChemE Loss Prevention Bulletin Special Issue on Bhopal

The Loss Prevention Bulletin has published a special issue to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Bhopal disaster. Key contributions include articles on lessons learned and best practices for process safety (inherent safety, land use planning etc).
UNEP has contributed "A review of UNEP programmes on industrial risk reduction" providing an overview of its role in promoting emergency preparedness. In particular, the UNEP-led APELL Programme is pertinent to this special issue as it was developed in response to the Bhopal disaster and those preceding it.

The issue can be downloaded free as a PDF via the IChemE website: http://www.icheme.org/lpb/bhopal

Project Closure and CAPP Programme Launching Workshop, 8 October 2014, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

As the project final activity, the Government Chemist Laboratory Agency organised a Project Closure Workshop, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on 8 October 2014. The workshop, which was held in the presence of ca. 60 participants from government agencies, industry associations, companies, and academia, provided a forum to review the activities and achievements of the 18 months CAPP TZ project.

The workshop participants welcomed the Roadmap positively as realistic in terms of priorities and timeframe but criticized GCLA role as a (co-)lead agency for most activities, suggested having just one Lead agency for each activity, highlighted the importance of including the Ministry of Trade, Ministry of Energy and Minerals, Tanzanian Bureau of Standards, Red Cross, Police Force, Fire and Rescue Force and Tanzania Workers’ Union as important key stakeholders.

Training Workshop on Risk Assessment and Risk Management in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 30 July - 1 August 2014

Around 30 participants, mainly environmental officers and factory inspecting officers from the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) and the Department of Labour - Sri Lanka respectively, attended the Training Workshop on Risk Assessment and Risk Management, hosted and organized by the Central Environment Agency, with the support of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), from 30 July-1 August 2014, in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
This workshop was part of a short term project funded by UNEP to support CEA and other relevant government institutions in initiating activities addressing chemical accident prevention and preparedness programme implementation (CAPP) that follow the CAPP Sri Lanka project. The participants could benefit from the expertise of a wide range of partners such as the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), the National Cleaner Production Centre of Sri Lanka (NCPC), the National Safety Council of India (NSCI), and the Responsible Care Council – New Zealand, who addressed the topics of GHS and Dangerous Goods Classification System, Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment, and the role of inspection within a CAPP Programme. To that extent, the workshop contributed to achieving the objectives of strengthening chemicals legislation in Sri Lanka, including the implementation of GHS.

Read more about the CAPP Sri Lanka Project

Second Training Workshop on Chemical Accident Prevention and Preparedness for Tanzania

Around 60 participants from government agencies, industry, and the academia attended the second training workshop of the Chemical Accident Prevention and Preparedness Programme for Tanzania (CAPP–TZ) Project, hosted and organized by the Government Chemist Laboratory Agency (GCLA), with the support of the Federal Office for the Environment of Switzerland and UNEP, from 9 - 11 June 2014 in Mwanza, Tanzania. This workshop built on the first workshop hold in Dar es Salaam in January 2014, and aimed to improve the Chemical Accident Prevention and Preparedness capacity of key stakeholders, mainly chemical and mining industries representatives.
The workshop focused on safety and risk legislation, inspection and provided in-depth view of the risk assessment. The feedback and outcome of this workshop will feed into the development of the Needs Assessment and the Roadmap which will set out the overall plan for achieving the objectives with respect to the CAPP Programme.
To that extent, it contributed to achieve the goals of the project which aims to assist Tanzania in developing capacity and programmes for the control of major chemical hazards and to augment the levels of industrial and local community safety especially in zones of potential industrial risks, such as Mwanza.
The workshop was opened by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Mr. Charles Pallangyo, which assure the government commitment to be able to prevent and be prepared for chemical accidents and therefore achieve the SAICM 2020 goal.

Workshop on Accident Analysis and Risk Assessment in Beijing, China

100-150 participants, particularly provincial and city level officials, and environmental emergency responders and investigators from China attended to a Workshop on Accident Analysis and Risk Assessment on May 15, 2014 in Beijing, China.
This workshop was organized by UNEP in collaboration with the Major Accident Hazards Bureau (MAHB) and the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) of China as well as Tsinghua University and Renmin University.
The workshop aimed at identifying existing tools and examining solutions to strengthen the analytical capacity of the participants through sharing of experience on similar processes and tools in Europe and in the region.
10 regional participants from Asian countries (Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and The Philippines) that have previously implemented UNEP Chemical Accident Prevention and Preparedness (CAPP) programmes and the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC) joined this training and hold a regional consultation on May 16, 2014. This consultation, which consisted in experience sharing on CAPP programmes in Asia and Europe, and the identification of elements for regional activities, served as a first step towards the identification of potential technical synergies among CAPP pilot countries that can serve as a starting point for scaling up CAPP implementation at the regional level.
 

Chemical Accident Prevention and Preparedness Programme for Sri Lanka (CAPP-SL) project awarded

The CAPP-SL project has been awarded a certificate of appreciation by the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) Secretariat. This certificate has been delivered during the Fourth Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting on the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management, that was organized in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 23 to 27 March 2014, by the SAICM Secretariat, in collaboration with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Malaysia.
During the meeting, the SAICM QSP Award Ceremony was held to celebrate the achievements of the region thanks to the Quick Start Programme (QSP), as well as disseminate project results, inspire new projects and further assist in attracting new donors in order to support future QSP projects moving forward towards reaching the 2020 goal.
A certificate of appreciation was presented to the government of Sri Lanka, to celebrate the recognition of successfully advancing the sound management of chemicals towards the 2020 Goal through the SAICM funded project for Sri Lanka, focusing on the implementation of the UNEP Flexible Framework approach.

First CAPP-TZ Training Workshop in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 21–23 January 2014

Over 45 participants from government agencies, industry, and the academia attended the first training workshop of the Chemical Accident Prevention and Preparedness Programme for Tanzania (CAPP–TZ) Project, from 21 - 23 January 2014 in Dar es Salaam.
The training was jointly organized by UNEP and the Government Chemist Laboratory Agency (GCLA) to develop an enhanced understanding of the key concepts related to chemical accident prevention and preparedness and increase familiarity with the Flexible Framework Guidance for the CAPP Task Force and other stakeholders. The feedback and outcome of this workshop will feed into the finalization of the Country Situation Report and the development of the Needs Assessment which in turn facilitate the preparation for the second workshop in June 2014.
The workshop, which was opened by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare Mr. Charles Pallangyo, was well received by the stakeholders from participating institutions such as the Education, Environment, Health, Labour, Industry, Ports ministries, Statoil, Freight Forwarders Tanzania, Geita Gold Mine industries, and the Universities of Dar es Salaam, Ardhi, and Saint John’s, as well as the national media.

9th Meeting of UNEP’s Expert Working Group on the Flexible Framework for Addressing Chemical Accident Prevention and Preparedness, 6-7 November 2013

 The meeting aims at consolidating the experience gathered through the implementation of the Flexible Framework Initiative since 2007. The meeting will serve to collect experts’ inputs for the development of strategic options for growth of the initiative in the short and medium term, including developing a regional approach for its implementation. The meeting will be hosted by the OECD Chemical Accidents Programme at the OECD headquarters in Paris from 6 to 7 November 2013.

 Launching of a project “Chemical Accident Prevention and Preparedness Programme for Tanzania (CAPP–TZ)”, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 31 July–1 August 2013

The official launch of the CAPP–TZ Project took place at the National Inception Workshop in Dar-es-Salaam from 31 July to 1 August 2013. The workshop aimed to promote an increased understanding of the issues and benefits of the CAPP Programme and ensure the commitment of key stakeholders on the Project. The Deputy Minister of Health and Social Welfare of Tanzania opened the workshop which was attended by 80 participants from different sectors, hence comprising relevant stakeholders involved in chemical safety management in Tanzania. Please read here about the CAPP-TZ Project.

New applications submitted to SAICM Quick Start Programme Trust Fund, June 2013

UNEP supported Ministry of Climate Change (MOCC) of Pakistan and Egyptian Ministry of Industry and Foreign Trade - Egypt National Cleaner Production Centre (ENCPC) to prepare CAPP Programme project proposals which were submitted to the 13th round of applications for projects seeking funding from the SAICM Quick Start Programme (QSP) Trust Fund. The Chemical Accident Prevention and Preparedness (CAPP) Programme projects will improve ability of relevant key stakeholders to manage chemical accident prevention and preparedness and to improve industrial safety and safety of local communities living in or near zones of potential industrial risks. The QSP Trust Fund Implementation Committee at its sixteenth meeting scheduled for 25-26 November 2013 will be reviewing and appraising the applications.

Introductory Training Workshop for CAPP Task Force in Sri Lanka, Thailand, 7–10 May 2013

The introductory training workshop of the Chemical Accident Prevention and Preparedness Programme for Sri Lanka (CAPP–SL) Project took place on 7–10 May 2013 in Thailand. The training, jointly organised by UNEP and the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), and was hosted by the Department of Industrial Works (DIW) of Thailand, aimed to enhance the knowledge of Task Force members on chemical accident prevention and preparedness through sharing of experience with Thai counterparts. Please read more about CAPP-SL Project here.

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