Chemical Weapons Convention
Posted On : 27th February 2019


Report on "Chemical Weapons Convention Awareness Programme"
at Thane Belapur Industries Association, Rabale, Thane on 19th January 2019

The Indian Chemical Council's ICC-Helpdesk Mumbai and National Authority Chemical Weapons Convention, New Delhi jointly organized and conducted an Awareness Programme on Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) on 19th of January 2019 in the auditorium of Thane Belapur Industries Association, MIDC Industrial Area, Rabale, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra. Besides the participants of Thane based industries, participants from Ambernath, Turbhe, Dombivili and Chembur also joined. This Awareness Programme was attended by 27 participants from various chemical facilities.

The main objectives of conducting the programme was to:

  • create an awareness and understanding of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC);
  • explain the importance of the CWC Act-2000;
  • penalties for non-compliance to the CWC Act-2000;
  • to share the details of the latest updates on the Special Chemicals, Organisms, Materials, Equipment and Technologies (SCOMET) regulations;
  • explanation on the use of Digital signature Certificate (DSC) during efiling the Annual Declarations of Past Activities (ADPA) 2018.

Mr. Manoj Kamble, Officer ICC Helpdesk Mumbai gave a welcome address and also gave a brief overview about the days' programme.

 

Mr. Sunil Nene, Advisor ICC Helpdesk, Mumbai started the opening of the programme with a PowerPoint presentation on "CWC Declarations requirement". His presentation included the following:

  • the CWC Act 2000 and its implementation in India;
  • the Schedules 1, 2 and 3 chemicals and its precursors;
  • Discrete organic chemicals (DOCs) and PSF chemicals;
  • The declaration and verification thresholds for Schedule 1,2,3 and OCPF;
  • The relevant forms to be filled for annual declarations;
  • new declarants' mandatory requirement as per the CWC Act;
  • latest SCOMET regulations.

The e-filing was first explained verbally followed a separate video presentation on the e-filing of CWC declarations using DSC. The focus was on the submission of ADPA 2018 using the DSC Class 3 A (or B). The complete video available on latest website of the National Authority Chemical Weapons Convention was played for the benefit of the participants. The NACWC video gives clear instruction and guidelines for the new and existing declarants on e-filing. The participants were explained about the NACWC website and that all relevant links are available at this website such as OPCW and its documents.

Later, Mr. Kamble gave a presentation of Chemical Safety and Security. He touched upon the following:

  • Chemical related incidents/accidents;
  • Safety regulations;
  • Chemical security at plant sites;
  • Dual use chemicals and its misuse;
  • International chemical control group;
  • Responsible care and Safety and Security codes;
  • National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) of India and its role;
  • Relationship between chemical safety and security

Mr Santosh Hule of NOCIL limited, Turbhe, Navi Mumbai gave a useful presentation about their plant site experience of an Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) inspection. His presentation contains details of the pre-inspection briefing and areas of interest for the inspectors. He explained about Report by: ICC Helpdesk Mumbai the duration of inspection, the procedures followed, the report writing by the inspectors and the confidentiality measures.

Post presentations during the interactive session, the participants were encouraged to ask questions. During the session, Mr. Nene explained about the CWC, the inspection procedure and the various verification annexes used during the inspections. He shared his experience as a Team Leader at OPCW. The participants were informed that the inspections are not intrusive and there was no impact on plant operations and to the routine activities at the plant site during inspection period.

Out of 27 participants who attended the programme most of them were from pharmaceutical and organic chemical manufacturing industries. They were mainly from QC and EHS departments. All participants appreciated the programme and were happy with the way the programme was conducted, which was reflected in their feedback. ICC Helpdesk would also thank the management of the participating companies who spared the valuable time of their employees to attend this programme.

ICC Helpdesk Mumbai would like to take this opportunity to thank the National Authority Chemical Weapons Convention (NACWC), the management and staff of Taloja Manufactures Association and the ICC Mumbai Head office for all their support and help to conduct this Awareness Programme.




Report on "Chemical Weapons Convention Awareness Programme"
at Taloja Manufactures Association, Taloja on 17th January 2019

The Indian Chemical Council's ICC-Helpdesk Mumbai and National Authority Chemical Weapons Convention, New Delhi jointly organized and conducted an Awareness Programme on Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) on 17th of January 2019 in the auditorium of Taloja Manufactures Association, MIDC Taloja, Panvel, Maharashtra. Besides the participants of Taloja and Panvel based industries, participants from Patalganga and Raigad were also invited.

This Awareness Programme was attended by 25 participants were from declaring facilities.


The main objectives of conducting the programme was to:

  • create an awareness and understanding of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC);
  • to share the details of the latest updates on the Special Chemicals, Organisms, Materials, Equipment and Technologies (SCOMET) regulations;
  • explain the importance of the CWC Act-2000;
  • penalties for non-compliance to the CWC Act-2000;
  • explanation on the use of Digital signature Certificate (DSC) during efiling the Annual Declarations of Past Activities (ADPA) 2018.

The welcome address was given by Mr. Manoj Kamble, Officer ICC Helpdesk Mumbai who welcomed the all the participants representing the various industries and gave a brief overview about the days' programme.

In his first presentation of the day, Mr. Sunil Nene, Advisor ICC Helpdesk, Mumbai gave a PowerPoint presentation on "CWC Declarations requirement". His presentation included the following:

  • the CWC Act 2000 and its implementation in India;
  • the Schedules 1, 2 and 3 chemicals and its precursors;
  • Discrete organic chemicals (DOCs) and PSF chemicals;
  • The declaration and verification thresholds for Schedule 1,2,3 and OCPF;
  • The relevant forms to be filled for annual declarations;
  • new declarants' mandatory requirement as per the CWC Act;
  • latest SCOMET regulations.

Following the above session, there was a separate presentation on the e-filing of CWC declarations using DSC. The focus was on the submission of ADPA 2018 using the DSC Class 3 A (or B). The complete video available on latest website of the National Authority Chemical Weapons Convention was played for the benefit of the participants. This video gives clear instruction and guidelines for the new and existing declarants on e-filing. The participants were explained about the NACWC website and that all relevant links are available at this website such as OPCW and its documents. The participants were encouraged to visit and use this website.

 

Later, Mr. Kamble gave a presentation of Chemical Safety and Security. He touched upon the following:

  • Chemical related incidents/accidents;
  • Safety regulations;
  • Chemical security at plant sites;
  • Dual use chemicals and its misuse;
  • International chemical control group (OPCW, AG, UNSCR 1540);
  • Responsible care and Safety and Security codes;
  • National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) of India and its role;
  • Relationship between chemical safety and security.

Mr T.M Sawant Manager (R&D) of Lona Industries ltd, Panvel gave a useful presentation about their plant site experience of an Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) inspection. His presentation contains details of the pre-inspection briefing and areas of interest for the inspectors. He explained about the duration of inspection, the areas visited and the report writing by the International inspectors

 

Post presentations during the interactive session, Mr. Nene explained about the Convention, the inspection procedure and the various verification annexures used during the inspections. He explained how OPCW could conduct a sampling and analysis as part of their inspection. He shared his experience as a Team Leader at OPCW. The participants were informed that the inspections are not intrusive and there was no impact on plant operations and to the routine activities at the plant site during inspection period. This brief session was arranged to assure the industry as a part of confidence building measure.

The 25 participants who attended the programme appreciated the programme and were happy with the way the programme was conducted, which was reflected in their feedback. ICC Helpdesk Mumbai would like to take this opportunity to thank the National Authority Chemical Weapons Convention (NACWC), the management and staff of Taloja Manufactures Association and the ICC Mumbai Head office for all their support and help to conduct this Awareness Programme. We would also thank the management of the participating companies who spared the valuable time of their employees to attend this programme.




Report on "Chemical Weapons Convention Awareness Programme"
at Tarapur Industrial Manufacturers Association, Tarapur on 15th January 2019

In continuous efforts to support Chemical Industries, The Indian Chemical Council's ICC-Helpdesk Mumbai organized and conducted an Awareness Programme on Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) on 15th of January 2019. This CWC awareness programme was held at the auditorium of Tarapur Industrial Manufactures Association, MIDC Tarapur, Maharashtra. National Authority Chemical Weapons Convention, Cabinet Secretariat, New Delhi supported this programme. ICC Helpdesk Mumbai had also invited many industries from Palghar, Boisar, Vasai and Rajasthan to join Tarapur Industries. Around 49 participants attended this awareness programme from different type of industries out of which most were from declaring facilities.

 

The significant objective of this awareness programme was:

  • to cover majority chemical industries in Tarapur zone and identify potential declarant, who are not aware about CWC Declaration and their compliance need;
  • to share information about Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), and its importance from Indian perspective;
  • to convey importance of CWC Act 2000, its applicability, threshold limits, compliance requirement and punitive actions;
  • to impart information on the latest updates on the Special Chemicals, Organisms, Materials, Equipment and Technologies(SCOMET) regulations; and,
  • to explain use of Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) device during e-filing the Annual Declarations of Past Activities (ADPA) 2018

In welcome address, on behalf of Indian Chemical Council Mr. Manoj Kamble an officer at ICC Helpdesk, welcomed Mr D. K. Raut (President),Mr Velji Gogri (Vice President) of the Tarapur Industrial Manufactures Association, Mr. Bintande (Deputy Director) and Mr. Patil (Deputy Director) of Directorate of Industrial Safety and Health, Vasai and all the participants representing the various industries. He also gave a brief overview about the days' programme.

Mr. D. K. Raut,(President), Tarapur Industrial Manufacturer's Association (TIMA) during his welcome address explained how the Indian Chemical Council (ICC) and National Authority Chemical Weapons Convention have been striving hard to create awareness about CWC to the industries. He briefed the participants regarding the importance CWC declarations for the industries and thanked Government of India and Indian Chemical Council for this outreach programme and for their continuous efforts on implementation of CWC Act 2000. He requested the participants to get maximum benefit from the programme. He also explained that his company has been inspected by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and that he was extremely pleased and impressed about his experience of dealing with the international inspectors.

In his first presentation of the day, Mr. Sunil Nene, Advisor ICC Helpdesk, Mumbai gave a presentation on "CWC Declarations requirement". This presentation included the following:

  • the CWC Act 2000 and its implementation in India;
  • the Schedules 1, 2 and 3 chemicals and its precursors;
  • discrete organic chemicals (DOCs) and PSF chemicals;
  • the declaration and verification thresholds for Schedule 1,2,3 and OCPF;
  • the relevant forms to be filled for annual declarations;
  • new declarants mandatory requirement as per the CWC Act; and,
  • the latest SCOMET regulations.

Following the above session, there was a separate presentation on the e-filing of CWC declarations using a DSC device. The focus was on the submission of ADPA 2018 using the DSC Class 3 A (or B). The video available on latest website of the National Authority Chemical this website such as OPCW and its Weapons Convention was played for the awareness of the participants. This video gives clear instruction and guidelines for the new and existing declarants on e- filing. The participants were explained about the NACWC website and that all relevant links are available at documents. The participants were encouraged to visit and use this website.

 

In second session, Mr. Kamble gave a presentation of Chemical Safety and Security. He touched upon the following:

  • Importance of Chemical Safety and Security, basic difference and its requirements;
  • Chemical Safety international agreements and regulations;
  • Chemical security at plant sites and its essential elements;
  • Dual use chemicals and its misuse;
  • International chemical control group (OPCW, AG, UNSCR 1540);
  • Responsible care and its Safety and Security codes;
  • National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) of India and its role

Mr Vijay Kothiwale, Senior Vice president Lupin Ltd, Tarapur gave a useful presentation about their plant site experience of an OPCW inspection. His presentation contains details of the pre-inspection briefing and areas of interest for the inspectors. He mentioned that the plant site was proud to be inspected by OPCW an International Organisation as they got a feeling of representing the country for a noble cause.

Post presentations during the interactive session, Mr. Nene explained about the Convention, the inspection procedure and the various Verification Annexes used during the inspections. He explained how OPCW could conduct a sampling and analysis as part of their inspection. He shared his experience as a Team Leader at OPCW. The participants were informed that the inspections are not intrusive and there was no impact on plant operations and to the routine activities at the plant site during inspection period. This brief session was arranged to assure the industry as a part of confidence building measure.

The participants who were from different area of expertise in their respective organisations appreciated the efforts of Indian Chemical Council, NACWC and speakers and this was reflected in their feedback.

ICC Helpdesk Mumbai would like to take this opportunity to thank the National Authority Chemical Weapons Convention (NACWC), the management and staff of Tarapur Industrial Manufactures Association, the ICC Mumbai Head office for all their support and help. We would also like to thank the management of the participating companies who spared the valuable time of their employees to attend this programme.




Report on "Chemical Weapons Convention Awareness Programme"
at Roha Industries Association, Roha on 09th January 2019

The Indian Chemical Council's ICC-Helpdesk Mumbai and National Authority Chemical Weapons Convention jointly organized and conducted an Awareness Programme on Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) on 9th of January 2019 in the auditorium of Roha Industries Association, Dhatav, Roha, Maharashtra. Besides the participants of Roha based industries, participants from neighbouring industrial areas such as Alibag, Chiplun, Ratnagiri, Lote Parshuram, Mahad and Kolhapur were also invited.

This Awareness Programme was attended by 39 participants out of whom 35 were from declaring facilities.



The main objectives of conducting the programme was to create an awareness and understanding of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), to share the details of the latest updates on the Special Chemicals, Organisms, Materials, Equipment and Technologies (SCOMET) regulations, the importance of the CWC Act-2000, penalties for non-compliance and its relevance to the chemical industry. The other major objective was the explanation on the use of Digital signature Certificate (DSC) while carryout the Annual Declarations of Past Activities (ADPA) 2018.

The welcome address was given by Mr. Manoj Kamble, Officer ICC Helpdesk Mumbai. He welcomed the Secretary of the Roha Industries Association and all the participants representing the various industries. He also gave a brief overview about the day's programme.

After the introduction of the day's programme, Mr. Sunil Nene, Advisor ICC Helpdesk, Mumbai gave a presentation on "CWC Declarations requirement". His presentation was pertaining to the CWC Act 2000 and its implementation in India, the Schedules of chemicals, especially Schedule 2, Schedule 3 and discrete organic chemicals (DOCs), their declaration and verification thresholds, new declarants mandatory requirement as per the CWC Act, a short overview on the relationship of CWC and SCOMET regulations and how the chemicals classified in CWC are categorized in SCOMET by the DGFT. He also gave a quick brief on other regulations like Wassenaar Arrangement (WA), The Australia Group (AG), and Nuclear Supplies Group (NSG) and talked about the importance of these regulations.

Following the above session, there was a separate session on the e-filing of CWC declarations using DSC. The focus was on the submission of ADPA 2018 using the DSC Class 3 A (or B). Special mention was done to the participants about the latest website of the National Authority Chemical Weapons Convention which gives clear instruction and guidelines Report by : ICC Helpdesk Mumbai including a video to help the new and existing declarants on e-filing. They were explained that all relevant links are available at this website such as OPCW and its documents. The participants were encouraged to visit and use this website.

 

Later, Mr. Kamble gave a presentation of Chemical Safety and Security. He briefly touched upon the Dual use chemicals, the importance of safety and security while dealing with these chemicals in plant sites. He talked about the role played by OPCW including assistance and protection programmes for the member states and the guidelines developed by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) of India on Chemical Disaster, Emergency Preparedness and Mitigation process. His presentation included reference to the UNSCR 1540 and he also explained about the Responsible Care (RC) initiative, role played by Indian Chemical Council (ICC) in the implementation of RC, and its Safety and Security Code.

Post presentations during the interactive session, Mr. Nene explained about the Convention, the inspection procedure and the various verification annexure's used during the inspections. He shared his experience as a Team Leader at OPCW. The participants were informed that the inspections are not intrusive and there was no impact on plant operations and to the routine activities at the plant site during inspection period. This brief session was arranged to assure the industry as a part of confidence building measure.

During the Question and Answer session the participants were observed to be very enthusiastic to ask relevant questions which were clarified on the spot. Some of the questions asked were by new declarants.

 

Out of 39 participants who attended the programme most of them were from pharmaceutical and organic chemical manufacturing industries. They were mainly from production, QC and EHS departments. All participants appreciated the programme and were happy with the way the programme was conducted, which was reflected in their feedback.

ICC Helpdesk Mumbai would like to take this opportunity to thank the National Authority Chemical Weapons Convention (NACWC), the Roha Industries Association and the ICC Mumbai Head office for all their support and help to conduct this Awareness Programme. We would also thank the management of the participating companies who spared the valuable time of their employees to attend this programme.




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