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Nobel Peace Prize-winning chemical weapons experts to conduct training in Jamaica

Published:Sunday | October 13, 2013 | 6:15 PM

Recipients of the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, will train 25 emergency personnel from Jamaica and eight other Caribbean countries in the handling of chemical weapons or disasters.

The training will be conducted over two days at the Cardiff Hotel and Spa, in Runaway Bay, St Ann starting tomorrow.

Emergency workers will be trained how to respond appropriately to chemical improvised devices; how to handle misused commercially available toxic chemicals, such as chlorine gas; best practices in handling chemical incidents and implications of law enforcement among other procedures.

In a release the Ministry of Health, which is coordinating the training exercise, described the training as timely given that it comes in the wake of two recent chemical incidents, one involving a toxic spill that affected persons in the vicinity of the Portmore Toll Road, and the other which occurred in the vicinity of the Central Sorting Office in downtown Kingston. The two incidents, the health ministry said, highlighted gaps in co-ordination and response. The ministry says the training is aimed at strengthening capacities to handle such events.


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