The IUPAC Safety Training Program (STP) is an IUPAC COCI Global Project, that along more than 20 years, had contribute to Global Chemical Safety. Until now, two main modalities of STP were developed, both face-to-face: STP Fellowship Program and STP Latin America (STP-LA). The scope of both modalities is necessary limited regarding the number of trainees and involves relatively high costs (travels, lodging and meals).
In the last years, it was very difficult get companies willing to host and get partners to financial support for STP Fellowship Program. Considering the current COVID-19 pandemic, this situation does not seem likely to improve. In this context, the STP e-learning arises, as alternative of the face-to-face modalities, but with the same spirit and objectives of original STP.
The objective of STP e-learning is revitalize the STP as a whole, brooding the scope regarding the number and countries of origin of the trainees.
The STP e-learning is an initiative intended as complementary, not substitute, of STP Fellowship Program and STP-LA, with different target audiences, modalities and partners.
The target audiences are representatives of chemical companies, colleges and authorities working preferably, but not exclusively in developing countries, in the field of chemical Safety, Health, Environment and Security (SHE&S). The contents of STP e-learning are the same of the STP-LA and are divided into five main modules:
(4) Emergencies, and
(5) Management and culture.
Within the modality is e-learning, the contents should be developed in a learning platform (e.g., Moodle), through different learning resources: lessons, lecture materials, online exercises, discussions forums, and assessments (tests and questions). The STP e-learning also includes a final test and implementation of application projects (as with STP Fellowship Program and STP-LA). The trainees that will gain the minimum passing grade in the final test will receive the corresponding certificate and the trainees that complete satisfactory the application project becomes STP Associate Fellows and will be recognized on the IUPAC/STP website.
The duration of each edition will be 8 weeks (equivalent to 80 learning hours) and the approximate size of each group may vary between 5 to 15 people.
The STP-learning has four partners: IUPAC Committee on Chemistry and Industry (COCI), Organization for the Prohibition of Chemicals Weapons (OPCW), Chemical Industries Association of Uruguay (ASIQUR) and Foreign Affairs Ministry of Uruguay.
The relevance of this project to IUPAC includes:
• Strengthen the STP and became it more sustainable.
• An opportunity to offer at first time an e-learning course in the own IUPAC Website, with the possibility to take advantage from this experience to explore other opportunities.
• The relationship with another global relevant organization linked with chemistry (OPCW).
Project announcement published in Chem Int Oct 2021, p. 32
Oct 2021 update – The first ONLINE OPCW-IUPAC Safety Training Programme E-Learning Course for Member States in the Latin America and the Caribbean Region will take place between 4 Oct and 3 Dec 2021 (link to the event)
This training will be co-organised by the OPCW and the Chemical Industries Association of Uruguay, with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay and with the joint financial support of the OPCW and the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). See more details @OPCW
22 persons have applied in the STP e-learning from 13 countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, and Uruguay, and 15 participants have been selected from all of the countries above.
See IUPAC news posted 5 Oct
See post event release by OPCW, 6 Dec: “OPCW builds chemical safety skills of experts in Latin America and the Caribbean – Professionals embrace the importance of workplace safety culture in chemical facilities to better protect health and lives of personnel”
Update report published in Chem Int April 2022, p. 29
Page last updated 8 Apr 2021