The premises of the Institut Supérieur d’Etudes de Protection Civile Officiel in Ouagadougou was the venue for various activities carried out by experts from the SecTrans-NAS project team. Also in attendance was the national focal point, with action taking place over a 3-day period from March 3rd – March 5th.
The first cycle of missions in 2019 was of a fact finding nature, with experts liaising with country officials to take stock of the current situation regarding the transport of hazardous chemical and biological materials. Another mission aim was to identify key contacts from different work packages the project comprises. This mission in Burkina Faso represented the first of a new cycle in which a transport solutions package will be put forward to countries. This package includes new regulations and specific training targeted at key players in the transport sector.
Activities carried out by project experts in Ouagadougou included discussion workshops held with officials followed by sessions to agree and validate a series of proposals to strengthen the legal framework and develop traffic plans, where the transport of dangerous goods is concerned.
During these discussion sessions, a series of training courses were run in parallel for security officers, such as the police, gendarmerie and first responders, and participants in the transport chain such as carriers, drivers, shippers etc.
Approximately 30 people were trained, some to develop and implement improved emergency response plans to biochemical in transit and others in the safer transportation of biological samples, or in ADR regulations. With the latter, it is worth noting experts brought ADR Kits to be fitted to transport units not only to give training a more practical element but also to help familiarise those concerned, particularly carriers, with the basic elements of safety.
In his closing remarks and on behalf of his country, the focal point thanked the European Union, the implementers and experts for the high standard of work carried out and results achieved in the initial phase and hoped it would carry on in the same vein