Introductory Workshop on Industrial Chemicals under the Rotterdam Convention for the Caribbean

The BCRC-Caribbean and the Secretariat for the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (SBRSC) will be hosting an Introductory Workshop on Industrial Chemicals under the Rotterdam Convention for the Caribbean. The workshop will be held at the Hilton Trinidad Hotel and Conference Centre in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago from 8th to 10th October, 2014.

This workshop is a major component of the SBRSC-funded Sub-regional Programme on the Sound Management of Industrial Chemicals under the Rotterdam Convention, which is being jointly implemented in the Caribbean by the BCRC-Caribbean and the Secretariat. This Programme seeks to address the capacity development necessary for ensuring the sound management of industrial chemicals at the national level across the region and is expected to achieve the following objectives:
  • To facilitate capacity-development of developing country Parties to assess and manage risks, prepare and communicate import responses, and take decisions on final regulatory actions for hazardous industrial chemicals listed under the Rotterdam Convention in accordance with the PIC procedure;
  • To provide an opportunity for the promotion and coordination of integrated implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions; and
  • To generate on-the-ground results and experiences that will also be fed as case studies into the electronic toolbox of the Inter-Organisation Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC) that assists countries at differing levels of economic, technical and institutional development to manage industrial chemicals.

The regional workshop will target key personnel directly involved in the management of industrial chemicals at the national level in the thirteen (13) Caribbean Parties and Signatories to the Rotterdam Convention. These countries include Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Cuba, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. The objectives of the regional workshop are:
  • To raise awareness on the need for meeting obligations under the Rotterdam Convention related to industrial chemicals in the Caribbean;
  • To facilitate the development of frameworks and implementation plans for industrial chemicals management in the Caribbean; and
  • To provide tools and approaches for Caribbean Parties to use to apply precaution in industrial chemicals management, e.g. GHS, information collection, risk assessment/management, and more.

Upon the closure of the workshop, the regional participants are expected to return to their countries with increased awareness of the Rotterdam Convention as well as the requisite knowledge, tools, insight and draft documents in order to develop and implement a national framework for the sound management of industrial chemicals.

More information on the workshop as well as the programme can be found in the official Aide-Mémoire for the workshop.