Local Awareness and ChemFriendly

Project Duration: January 2017– July 2020Project Status: 29.03.2020 - TTX Training

Project Background

Local communities are increasingly vulnerable to chemical incidents and terrorist threats due to growing production, transportation, with an emphasis on transnational transit, use and storage of toxic chemicals and energy carriers. ICCSS initiated LOCAL AWARENESS and Responsibility in Chemical Safety and Security to create and implement local sustainable policies and responsibility and promote sustainable chemistry  in all activities relating to chemicals, planning and responding to the risks associated with such activities and meeting the national and international obligations, and assisting in the development of voluntary fire service, to improve response to at a local level, and enhance transnational cooperation, to mitigate and respond to chemical and environmental threats and emergencies.    

CHEM-FRIENDLY is an Acknowledgement  that a company conducts production processes and manages all chemicals in a safe, secure and  responsible, sustainable ways.

Aims and objectives

Through Local Awareness and ChemFriendly Acknowledgement the ICCSS aims to support local governments and actors in meeting the challenges posed by the increasing use of chemicals and access to hazardous substances at the local level, and enhancing resilience to cyber threats. A special attention is given to raising awareness on local chemical and environmental threats among  youth and women and their active engagement to enhance chemical and environmental safety and security.
 
ICCSS aims to forge dialogue and coordination of efforts at the local level, and cooperation among all the above-mentioned stakeholders, in the development and implementation of local programs to prepare and respond to emergencies

The main objective of the program is to create and implement local sustainable development policy in regards to wider activities relating to chemicals, chemical waste management, and planning and responding to the risks associated with such activities and transportation of hazardous materials.

An important objective of the initiative is to assist in the implementation of Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), Seveso III Directive and Chemical Conventions including 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).

Through Local Awareness ICCSS offers practical solutions to enhance resilience to cyber threats and increasing the reliability of industry activities and processes for local stakeholders, including Small and Medium Enterprises (SME).

The program will support local campaigns, with local project stakeholders, including administration, and using modern media, with an emphasis on women and youth, to provide with broad overviews of chemical and environmental threats and risks to health, environment and social life. The campaigns shall draw the attention on the relevance of environment protection and chemical safety and security for citizen’s rights. The campaign shall promote public confidence and cooperation between government and citizens.

Development of youth leaders

The youth leaders, from secondary and high schools, will be engaged to promote among young population local awareness and responsibility and lead local youth teams to support local activities mainly in prevention and preparedness for chemical and environmental emergencies and protection of environment. The youth leaders, trained at international summer camps in a format of train the trainers. They will engage young generation in local activities to protect environment and participate in local civil protection activities. They will promote the local awareness and responsibility nationally and internationally. The system of youth leaders will be established, as a pilot case, in local communities in Ukraine and then promoted in Belarus and Moldova.

Local Awareness and Responsibility in Chemical Safety and Security

ICCSS develops and implements local awareness and responsibility to assist local stakeholders to prepare for and respond to chemical and environmental man-made or natural emergencies and disasters thorough:

a. Exchange of information and dissemination of knowledge about activities in the field of hazardous substances at the local level. Social engagement and open access to information is necessary to raise awareness about the dangers of hazardous substances and the importance of preparedness. The more we know about the risks, the better we can understand the proper safety requirements, and there is growing willingness to participate in activities related to the management of emergency responses to hazardous substances.
b. Activation and integration of all local structures and communities, especially in the private sector and civil society. The local community should be actively involved in the process of risk prevention and emergency planning, and participate in an authentic dialogue on how to counter threats and prepare for crisis response and post-crisis activities. All local actors should be involved in determining the needs and resources required to counter threats and for emergency response.
c. Strengthening local institutions, improving emergency response assets, and deepening social ties through regular training, exercises, exchange of experiences and cooperation with specialists. Strengthening local structures, relationships and contacts that connect individuals, state institutions, companies and social organizations, and expanding access to information and knowledge about the risks, are leading factors in effective preparedness for possible crises from either natural causes or human activity.

Local communities are increasingly vulnerable to chemical incidents and terrorist threats due to growing production, transportation, with an emphasis on transnational transit, use and storage of toxic chemicals and energy carriers. Main objective of the project is to create and implement local sustainable policies and responsibility in regards to activities relating to chemicals, planning and responding to the risks associated with such activities and meeting the national and international obligations, and assisting in the development of voluntary fire service to improve response to chemical disasters at a local level, and enhance transnational cooperation to mitigate and respond to such threats. Implementation of the project will foster the creation of local sustainable development policies and cooperation among all local actors in promoting safety and security in the handling of chemicals, response planning for accidents involving hazardous materials and waste management and energy carriers.  The increased cooperation and empowerment of local communities to mitigate chemical and environmental threats will support the development of local democracy and self-governance.

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, enhance environment protection and counter cyber threats.

ChemFriendly Acknowledgement in Chemical and Environmental Safety and Security

CHEM-FRIENDLY’s core objective  is to create a positive image of chemistry and the companies engaged in chemical sector. Building a friendly image is an important sales leverage, not only for consumers but also for suppliers. Development of business whilst making processes safer and more secure.

Is CHEM-FRIENDLY for me?

Every company which deals with the chemical sector is welcome to join. Although chemistry is used for peaceful purposes, it can be deadly if managed in an inappropriate way. It applies to companies in sectors such as: Production; Transport; Storage; Industry Waste management

We also welcome all producers and suppliers of services who in their everyday business support the development of chemical safety and security. We will show your solutions increasing safety and security at a world forum.

Receipt of CHEM-FRIENDLY is a confirmation that the company is aware of the requirements and acts responsibly in the area of chemical safety and security. At the same time it supports the chemical safety and security culture and promotes its strengthening globally, along with the Declarations of CHEMSS 2016 and CHEMSS2017.

Despite the amount of investments we make in safe development of chemistry helping to satisfy society needs, huge amount of consumers is not even aware of how much they owe to chemistry and how many products on the shelves has are made through the chemical industry in a safe and secure way. Today, chemistry at the level of production processes, as well as final goods raises a number of concerns for the consumers. There are growing environmental concerns linked to wrong or excessive use of chemical products. 

For this reason, in the age of universal access to information, consumers openly ask for transparency from companies, knowledge about their operations and confirmation that their products are created as a result of safe processes. They expect a declaration that supplied products will in fact be safe.
The answer to the above is the CHEM-FRIENDLY initiative. The aim of CHEM-FRIENDLY is building a positive image in the eyes of a consumer for safe products brought by a responsible producer or supplier.
The CHEM-FRIENDLY initiative was developed at the First Global Summit in Chemical Safety and Security (CHEMSS 2016) attended by over 400 participants from 40 countries representing government, academia, business and consumer associations.

CHEM-FRIENDLY creates individual, societal and business responsibility, not through the increase in standards, norms or certificates, but through knowledge sharing, best practices exchanges, cooperation and trainings.

Expected Results of Local awareness and ChemFriendly

Through regular trainings and exercises, exchange of experience and the engagement of specialists, local campaigns, Local Awareness and ChemFriendly will support:
• Creation of local frameworks for dialogue and coordination of efforts with the cooperation of all local stakeholders, including: local authorities, institutions responsible for law and order and security, private sector and industry, civil society organizations and the media;
• Facilitation of exchanges of information and dissemination of knowledge about activities involving hazardous substances at the local level;
• Activation and involvement of local structures and communities, in the processes of risk prevention and emergency planning;
• Support of local protection against hazards by strengthening institutions, improving emergency response and deepening social ties within local communities.

Long Standing Effects:
• Development of partnerships and communication between administrations, local authorities, citizens and users of chemicals at the local level;
• Development of awareness on the safe use of chemicals;
• Identification of threats related, inter alia, to the storage or transport of hazardous materials; and
• Development of guidelines for local authorities in the development and implementation of emergency response plans.
 

Project Leader

Amb. Krzysztof Paturej

Mr. Adam Paturej

ICCSS Business Director

+48 22 436 20 44
a.paturej@iccss.eu

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