National and international responses and regulatory mechanisms in the area of prevention, preparedness and response against misuse of chemicals and bio agents, technologies and materials, remain weak. They become less and less relevant to meet the threats and challenges of the globalization and rapid and very dynamic spread of chemical and bio industries and materials. Safe storage and disposal of obsolete chemicals, munitions and wastes, including agriculture chemicals, sea dumped chemicals, are becoming a growing security and environmental concern and challenge for many countries. Ensuring cybersecurity in chemical activities has becomes a major security and economic challenge while there is no relevant industry, national and international solutions.
ICCSS encourages international structures, including the United Nations, OPCW, and other relevant agencies to focus their agenda on reducing these chemical threats. In the process of modernizing the international agenda and attuning it to today’s and tomorrow’s needs and challenges, we have to embrace chem-bio safety and security.
ICCSS enhances needs of developing countries to increase their chem-bio regulatory and administrative capacities as emerging core component of national security, public health, economic and social development, and environmental protection, especially in regions of conflicts.
ICCSS provides capacity building and cooperation for local stakeholders, with emphasis on youth to use chemicals in safe and secure ways.
ICCSS operationalizes chem-bio security best practices for Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) around the world.
ICCSS has developed Chemical Safety Security Regulatory Framework Offer to increase capacities of national and regional stakeholders to meet these security threats and challenges with comprehensive legislation, operations, best practices and capacity building measures based on the following approaches:
Firstly, chemical security should no longer be separated from chemical safety. While this concept could be understood at the level of government, it has a deep impact at the local level – chemical security is forgotten.
Secondly, chemical safety and security management should be integrated into national security, economic and environmental plans, in a comprehensive manner. Currently, the responsibilities are usually distributed across several agencies, leading to fragmented and ineffective responses.
Thirdly, a multi-stakeholder approach should be applied in the development and implementation – there is a need to combine the knowledge and expertise of the governments and corporations, producers and users that have information on chemicals and technical capacity. Civil society should participate actively in enhancing chemical safety and security.
Fourthly, governments should develop and promote policies that concentrate on risk prevention where the responsibilities of the public and private sector are shared (prevention).
Finally, the lack of relevant expertise and the cost of effective management of chemical safety and security in developing countries should be countered with capacity building and the exchange of best practices. Developed countries and their chemical industries should share their extensive knowledge and expertise, in order to enhance chemical safety and security. Developing countries should offer investment opportunities for attracting innovative approaches and effective solutions.
ICCSS Chemical Safety Security Regulatory Framework Offer
We offer comprehensive process aimed at chemical security prevention and preparedness to reduce chemical and environmental threats national and regionally. We involve all relevant national, regional and international stakeholders, conduct seminars to present the situation in chemical security area in a country, prepare documents on gap analysis and ways for improvement, and conduct basic trainings and practical exercises.
We offer review of national legislation and regulations to reduce chemical threats. The review, conducted via surveys, analysis and exchanges, will consider and propose solutions to close the gaps in the implementation of the relevant national laws and regulations on chemical and environmental safety and security in Ukraine, including provisions of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540. A special attention will be given to grass root level implementation. This will assist in reducing chemical threats, terrorism and chemical proliferation. It will enhance local communities to join the implementation process
The ICCSS Regulatory Framework comprehensive offer, to be implemented in full or partially, includes:
1. Country Study visit: to gather relevant data, motivate and train national team of beneficiaries and (if required) for regional partners.
2. Gathering of international stakeholders: to share unique expertise in chemical security and establishing a sound international cooperation with national stakeholders.
3. Education and Training. Conduct of the Basic Course on Chemical Safety And Security:
Education and training are the most lagging part of national and international chemical security. Lack of expertise in this areas reduces efficiency of preventive and response measures. This is what is hindering growth of chemical security awareness nationally and internationally. Therefore the development of the Jordan training and expertise in chemical safety and security shall be a priority. ICCSS, with other international stakeholders will provide the know-how and ways and means to develop the awareness about the chemical security for national team of beneficiaries and (if required) for regional partners. The main objective of the course is to raise the chemical security awareness and to provide necessary competences to national stakeholders. Therefore this training programme will recap security regulations and practices in a format to “train the trainers” who will then promote it to a wider national audience and, if required, in the region to increase security awareness.
4. Preparation and writing of the document on national chemical security gaps and chemical security confidence building measures.
After the successful preparations, gathering stakeholders, discussions and background training, during the first national seminar, and obtaining relevant data the next step: preparation of and writing of the document on chemical security gaps and chemical security confidence building measures is initiated. While critical in helping identify chemical security gaps, document will offer a set of legislative and administrative solutions, and chemical security confidence building measures to assist a given country and countries in the region in regulating chemicals and ensuring their security. To achieve that the document will focus on four tools the development of databases of chemical activities and threats, the assistance request template; the voluntary cooperation and assistance programs; the legislative database. The gap analysis will include the following areas: Chemicals, National level chemical safety security playing field; International level, requirements, capacities and best practices.
5. National Table-Top Exercise (TTX) concept and scenario.
National Regulatory Framework provides for the development of concrete operational capacities and to verify the proposed legislative and administrative measures. The jointly developed National Table Top Exercise (TTX) will demonstrate the readiness of national stakeholders to respond to chemical threats and to cooperate with the international partners.