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Assistance and Protection against

Three-day Training Workshop

​June 1 - 3, 2016 • Kjeller, Norway

This three-day workshop is an introduction to Article X, Chemical Weapons Convention, assistance and protection mechanism to be used by the National Authorities in case of use or threat of use of chemical weapons attacks (CWA), and the release of toxic industrial chemicals (TIC). The workshop will feature an international team of experienced instructors who will introduce you to the OPCW delivery of assistance mechanism, and make you and your team familiar with the elements of a response to an emergency chemical situation.

​Topics covered include:•Article X, delivery of assistance mechanism

  • Offers of assistance under Article X of the Chemical Weapons Convention
  • Basic principles of detection and identification of Chemical Weapon Attacks (CWA) and Toxic Industrial Chemicals (TIC)
  • Emergency response to CWA and TIC
  • Emergency response equipment
  • Best practices in agency coordination at local/national/international levels

The workshop will be conducted in English


Ervin Farkaš

Ervin Farkaš has several decades of experience with disarmament and non-proliferation issues. He has worked for a variety of international organizations, including the United Nations, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

He has served as a Dayton Agreement and Vienna Document 94 treaty inspector, a United Nations Special Commission​ inspector in Iraq, an OSCE/NATO instructor in the former Yugoslavia, an adviser on emergency planning and response, crisis management and business continuity management for major sporting events (including the Summer Olympic Games, European Football Championship, and Asian Games), and as a military adviser to the government of Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf War. He worked with the OPCW for 10 years.

He has advised and instructed governments and NGOs on best cooperation methods in the fields of emergency response and crisis management, has helped various organizations/companies develop, prepare, and conduct training on internal emergency response systems, and worked with response and crisis management teams to identify and develop health, safety and environment (HSE) governance systems and prepare standard operating procedures (SOP) and working instructions (WI).

He has an MA in Chemistry and Chemical Technology from the Military Academy of Ground Forces.

Cristina Baptista Rodrigues​

Cristina Baptista Rodrigues is a chemist and a biotechnologist with several years’ experience in chemical safety and security. After being responsible for Safety at a Chemical Research lab in Portugal she moved to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, where she worked in Assistance and Protection for seven years, ultimately serving as Acting Head of the OPCW Assistance and Protection Branch.

​Cristina is an institutional and organizational management specialist with over 15 years of experience in successfully designing and managing technical assistance programs and national/international projects for emergency response agencies. She has managed interdisciplinary teams of operational, scientific and administrative staff and has carried out a variety of representational activities associated with the development and management of complex programs and projects. Though this work she has worked closely with UN agencies and NGOs around the world.

Currently works with international projects for food safety and security and has recently drafted the Portuguese contingency plan for food crisis

Who is this workshop for?

The workshop is open to everyone. It will be of particular interest to:

Emergency Response Personnel:

  • Fire services
  • Police and law enforcement
  • Search & rescue
  • Civil Defence
  • Military

Industrial Specialists:

  • Plant/facility supervisors
  • Plant/facility emergency responders
  • Transportation/logistics coordinators

Government/NGO Personnel

  • ​•National authorities
  • •Local (kommune) authorities
  • •Ministries/agencies involved in emergency response
  • •International NGO staff
  • •Nonproliferation experts

Medical Personnel:

  • Paramedics
  • Other medical responders

Students of any of the above fields are welcome to attend as well.

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