Developing and strengthening the capacities for the management of risks associated with land transport of chemical and biological materials in the North Africa and Sahel Region

Developing and strengthening the capacities for the management of risks associated with land transport of chemical and biological materials in the North Africa and Sahel Region

On 16, 17 and 19 November, SecTransNAS implemented various workshops and e-learning courses for Moroccan stakeholders in the transport of chemical and biological hazardous materials, including security, customs and civil protection services.

For these three days of activities, the Moroccan Focal Point, Mr. Mohamed Salami, succeeded, as usual, in gathering key actors of the Transport of Dangerous Goods (TDG) who came, for the most part, from the public administration and others from the private sector. It should be noted that the profiles of the participants were in line with the workshops and trainings programmed. The success of the work carried out in this country was due to the good choice of participants.

This is mainly due to the deep involvement of the Focal Point, but also because Morocco is one of the countries participating in the project that is already party to the International Agreement on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (ADR). Although this is a recent incorporation, it goes without saying that most of the bodies and structures necessary for the implementation of the said regulation are already in place or about to be.

In this seminar, experts from the FIIAPP implementers – ADELFAS and MIHE – discussed operational safety protocols, practical recommendations for actors in the transport chain, safety plans and training for first responders to deal with accidents involving chemical or biological substances in TDG. For this last activity, the valuable collaboration of the Spanish fire brigade of the FUEGO FOUNDATION should be mentioned. To support the presentations, posters, videos and guides were presented and made available to the trainees.

All the activities were followed with great interest and the different interventions made it a real forum for exchange of experiences and learning for all. The exchanges made it possible to note that the implementation of the ADR regulations is very advanced in Morocco. However, the need for more training for certain key players such as the security services in charge of roadside checks was identified.  It also emerged that best practice in this field seems to be synonymous with strict compliance with international regulations.

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