The article highlights the role of existing international initiatives in the field of chemical safety and security, identifying needs and perspectives for Ukraine in the field of identification of controlled and toxic chemicals. Summarizing information on discussions on Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) projects in the field of chemical safety and security within the framework of the International Conference “Ensuring Human Rights for Health, Safe and Protected Living Environment” (on December 10–11, 2017 in L.I. Medved Scientific Center for Preventative Toxicology, Food and Chemical Safety of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine). During 2015, a group of national experts with OSCE support carried out the Comprehensive Review of Chemical Safety in Ukraine, which identified four priority areas: informing the public to improve understanding of chemical safety risks; improving the regulatory framework for the safe handling of hazardous chemicals; improving the control over the transboundary movement of hazardous chemicals; improving the capability of identifying unknown chemicals. At the end of 2017, the G7 Global Partnership against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction stressed the need for measures to promote chemical, biological, radiation and nuclear security in Ukraine. On December 11, 2017 in Kyiv, in L.I. Medved Scientific Center for Preventative Toxicology, Food and Chemical Safety of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, an international seminar on strengthening chemical safety and security in Ukraine took place. Workshops on the official presentation of the chemical safety and security projects and an international workshop on sharing experiences within the framework of the International Conference “Ensuring Human Rights for Health, Safe and Protected Living Environment” were held. The event gathered representatives of Ukrainian government agencies, industry, civil society, research institutions, the Science and Technology Center in Ukraine and the International Center for Chemical Safety and Security, Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Interpol, the World Customs Organization, German Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance in, as well as the United States and the European Union. In addition to the official representatives of the partners, leading experts on chemical, radiation and biological safety of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine and professors of the relevant departments of the Ukrainian Military Medical Academy and students took part in the event. The recently launched OSCE projects related to the identification of hazardous chemicals and the improvement of the regulation in the field of chemical safety and security were presented. During the seminar, specialists of research institutions and profile laboratories from seven countries were sharing experiences and best practices in identifying and assessing the risks of the spread of hazardous chemicals. Representatives of interested state institutions and organizations of Ukraine discussed the needs and principles of interagency cooperation in this area. The workshop presented the results of the implementation of the partnership project in 2017 between the Ukrainian Military Medical Academy, the Department of Military Toxicology, Radiology and Medical Protection and L.I. Medved Scientific Center for Preventative Toxicology, Food and Chemical Safety in the area of developing a modern unified program for the training of medical toxicologists for the chemical safety and security system in Ukraine. The results of the partnership were presented in the report “Modern methods for the diagnosis and investigation of mass chemical destruction” (Ustinova L., Kurdil N.). Involving OSCE projects to strengthen the safety of chemical activities in Ukraine is a unique initiative that offers sustainable, continuous and focused management in increasing the level of chemical safety. The meeting was an impetus for further strengthening inter-industry cooperation in developing new programs for training and informing military doctors, medical toxicologists and specialists of other specialties working in the field of prevention and response in the use of toxic chemicals and weapons of mass destruction.
chemical safety; toxicology; weapons of mass destruction
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