Program to promote local awareness and responsibility in chemical safety and security

The program aims to enable local governments and actors to meet the safety and security challenges posed by the increasing use of chemicals and access to hazardous substances at the local level. Its main focus is to create local sustainable development policies and safety and security in chemical production, especially at the level of small and medium chemical companies (SMEs) and operators, as well as in chemical waste management and the transportation of hazardous materials.

An important element objective of the initiative is to assist in the implementation of Seveso III Directive and Chemical Conventions including Chemical Weapons Convention, the Rotterdam Convention (RC) on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade, the Basel Convention (BC) on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal and the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents (TEIA).

The program was developed based on the growing awareness that traditional emergency responses are no longer adequate to meeting the challenges posed by chemical failures and disasters, whether from natural causes or human activity. Meeting the potential risks associated with chemical activities requires the cooperation of all stakeholders, including governments, industry, civil society organizations and the media. Local communities should know what activities with hazardous substances are taking placing in their vicinity, and participate in dialogue on what resources are required to counter potential threats and minimize potential losses. 

 

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