Project Details IUPAC-UNESCO-UNIDO Safety Training Program Workshop, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Project No.:
Start Date:
01 May 2011
End Date:
16 November 2012


This Workshop on the Safety Training Program will be used for communication on recent activities by Fellows of the program in their home countries; to evaluate the effectiveness of the Safety Training Program in terms of fellows’ home country activities; to learn from invited speakers who are experts in health, safety, and environmental matters; and to solicit ideas for improvements in the program and for possible expansion to incorporate new Host Companies and new regional trainees.


The Safety Training Program allows safety experts from developing countries to learn more about safety and environmental protective measures by visiting and working in plants of IUPAC Company Associates in the industrialized world. The International Union of Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) administers the Safety Training Program to disseminate state-of-the-art knowledge on safety and environmental protection in chemical production. The beneficiaries are expected to use the training in their home countries to improve health, safety and environment.

This Workshop is planned as part of activities at the 43rd IUPAC Congress under the theme of “Industrial and Applied Chemistry.” Similar workshops were held at the IUPAC General Assembly and Congress in Ottawa in 2003; at Beijing in 2005 (project 2004-031-1-022); at Turin in 2007 (project 2006-051-1-022), and at Glasgow in 2009 (project 2009-001-2-022).

Each Trainee participant will submit an abstract for a paper to be presented at the Workshop; these abstracts will be critically reviewed in advance of acceptance of Trainees’ applications for the Workshop. The critical review is intended to assure that the Trainees have made tangible progress on dissemination of learnings in their home countries. In addition, the Workshop will include lectures by regional speakers who are experts in chemical health, safety and environmental protection issues particular to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.

The workshop will be part of a symposium on chemical safety, and contributed papers in the area of chemical safety, health and environmental protection will be accepted.

A Web page on the IUPAC Web site will be prepared to cover the proceedings and outcomes of the Workshop, where their reports, presentations, and a summary report will be published. The Workshop will include a discussion to identify ideas for improvement and expansion of the scope of the Safety Training Program.

The Workshop is scheduled for a session at the Congress. Posters may also be presented at one of the scheduled Congress poster sessions.

This project includes assessment of future actions for other Workshops as the Safety Training Program evolves, including maximizing the productivity of future Workshops.


See IUPAC Congress website scientific program session IAC600

See workshop announcement published in Chem Int July-Aug 2011, p.30

Sep 2012 – project report published in Chem. Int. Sep-Oct 2012, pp. 19-22.

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