Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument for implementing “Innovation Union”, Europe’s flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness. It is agreed that research is an investment in our future and therefore to put it at the heart of the EU’s blueprint for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth and jobs.
Horizon 2020 offers opportunities to develop solutions to chemical safety and security issues based on approaches that are holistic, sustainable, professional and global. The International Centre for Chemical Safety and Security (ICCSS) cooperates with governments, international organizations, NGOs and specialized agencies in national and international initiatives to strengthen chemical safety and security.
The ICCSS has become a global forum for all those who are responsible for chemical safety and security at all levels of chemical industrial activities. The ICCSS promotes best safety and security practices and engages in education, training and publishing on chemical safety and security, based on the principles of sustainability, continuity and modern management.
The ICCSS has combined the concepts of chemical safety and security with a bottom-up approach that actively engages local authorities and addresses chemical safety and security in all peaceful uses of chemistry, with an emphasis on Small and Medium-sized chemical companies (SMEs) and the transport of hazardous substances.
The ICCSS currently cooperates with a number of national and international partners in a variety of activities and capacities, inter alia:
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- Ukraine Chemists Union
- DOW Chemicals Company
- AT Kearney
- Centre for International Trade and Security, University of Georgia
- Polish Chamber of Chemical Industry
- Ministry of Economy of Poland
- Ministry of Foreign Affair of Poland
- Government Centre for Security of Poland
- Polish Fire Service
- Warsaw University of Technology
- Military University of Technology in Warsaw.
The ICCSS combines the efforts, technical resources and expertise of industry associations, international organizations, academia, national agencies and NGOs. It is a multi-stakeholder forum for sharing knowledge and best practices, and for promoting public-private enterprises and modern management, in the following areas of chemical activity:
- Transportation of chemicals
- Academic studies
- Scientific research
- Laboratory work
- Food safety
- An extensive network of collaborating national and international stakeholders and experts;
- Integrated solutions in the development and implementation of chemical safety and security programs for governments, industries and academia;
- Trainings on Chemical Safety and Security, Cybersecurity and Business Continuity;
- Professional assistance in chemical safety and security management, and in process and automation management;
- Chemical plant safety and security audits, including adaptation to EU regulations (REACH and CLP), as well as assistance in implementing the provisions of the Seveso III directive, including safety reports and emergency planning documentation;
- Preparation and implementation of Table Top Exercises and live exercises, based on a methodology developed by ICCSS with the Department of Homeland Security;
- Support in the search for consortia partners; and
- Leadership in the preparation of project proposals for European and international funds.