Working on industrial chemicals
In collaboration with key partners (SSC, SBC, UNEP Chemicals, UNITAR, WHO, ILO, German GTZ, Swedish KemI, CIEL, OECD as well as other IOMC partners), the Secretariat has undertaken the following developments:
a) Developed an industrial chemicals roadmap / strategy that addresses 4 key pillars:
- Awareness-raising on industrial chemicals management and information exchange on the Rotterdam Convention and other relevant chemicals MEAs (Basel Convention, Stockholm Convention, SAICM, Montreal Protocol etc.);
- Building national capacity for performing risk assessments;
- Building national capacities for developing and implementing risk management measures (development/strengthening of national legislation and policies for the sound management of industrial chemicals);
- Knowledge development at the national and regional levels.
b) Strategic plan to support Parties to the Rotterdam Convention to strengthen capacity to provide Import Responses and Final Regulatory Actions for Industrial Chemicals under the Rotterdam Convention”
The focus of the strategy and its implementation is for Parties from developing countries and countries with economies in transition to strengthen their capacity to assess and manage risk, prepare and communicate their import responses and undertake decisions of final regulatory actions on hazardous industrial chemicals that are established under the Prior Informed Consent Procedure.
Thus, the aim of the strategy is to provide Parties with the capacity to carry out hazard and risk assessments on named chemicals and, based on the results of those assessments, decide on the risk management action that will be used to reduce the risk to human health and the environment as warranted.
The draft document will be presented to the COP at its 5th session.
c) Regional meetings: Joint Rotterdam Convention, World Health Organization, CIEL and GTZ; Awareness-raising and strengthening of Chemical Risk Assessment and Management of industrial chemicals
|Date of activity
|27 January 2010
||Held back-to-back with the SAICM regional meeting
|13 March 2010
||Latin American and Caribbean
||Held back-to-back with the SAICM regional meeting
|3 September 2010
||Asia Pacific sub-region
||China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. Also representatives from Japan, Republic of Korea and Singapore. This meeting was held back-to-back with the inception workshop for the Asbestos Project, funded by the Japanese Government.
d) Industrial chemicals (asbestos) management project for the Asia Pacific region: The Secretariat is in the process of implementing a project in collaboration with WHO, ILO and other partners to support the sound management of Industrial Chemicals in the Asia and Pacific region, focusing on industrial chemicals, with a special emphasis on asbestos. WHO’s Risk Assessment Toolkit (see below) as well as other relevant guidance materials addressing health and environmental aspects will support activities in pilot countries.
Chronology of activities:
||Formation of a multi-stakeholder Project Implementation Group to coordinate the implementation of the project (Rotterdam Convention, UNEP Chemicals, Basel Convention Secretariat, UNITAR, WHO, and ILO)
||Meetings of the Inter-Agency Project Implementation Working Group (IAWG): Attended by WHO, IARC, ILO, Basel Convention Secretariat, UNEP Chemicals Branch, UNITAR;
-19 January and 16 February 2010.
|September 2010 – March 2011
||Asbestos Management Toolkit development to be coordinated by the University of Occupational and Environmental Health (UOEH), Fukuoka, Japan in conjunction with Working Group which includes experts from WHO, ILO, International Occupational Hygiene Association (IOHA), UK Health and Safety Executive, Korean Occupational Safety and Health Agency, and Ministry of Public Health of Thailand:
||Initial workshop: Inter-Agency Awareness-raising Workshop on the Sound Management of Industrial Chemicals, with Special Emphasis on Asbestos, for the Asia-Pacific Region (China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam). Bangkok, Thailand, 31 August -2 September 2010
|January to June 2011
||Pilot project activities in the Philippines-to be carried out with guidance from WHO and ILO; to include:
a)The preparation of a legal review of existing legislative/administrative bases for asbestos in the context of overall chemicals management and occupational health and safety frameworks. b)The development of an institutional framework for the Philippine National Progamme on the Elimination of Asbestos-related Diseases (PNPEAD), including: development of guidelines on medical surveillance, technical guidelines and a code of practice on management of asbestos and c) A National Asbestos Profile for the Philippines
|MOU being negotiated with the Philippines.
||Final workshop: Inter-Agency Awareness-raising Workshop on the Sound Management of Industrial Chemicals, with Special Emphasis on Asbestos, for the Asia-Pacific Region (China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam)
By the end of the project, the pilot countries would have achieved the following:
- Development of a sound basis for the management and disposal of asbestos, in the overall context of the implementation of the Rotterdam Convention;
- Development of awareness of the risks associated with the use of industrial chemicals such as asbestos in selected communities;
- Identification of a range of suitable/practical measures and approaches to mitigate the risks associated with the use of asbestos;
- A project framework for the development of industrial chemicals management that could be applied/replicated in a further range of countries in the region.
e) Pilot studies for improving industrial chemicals management in developing countries and countries with economies in transition under the Rotterdam Convention
Key objectives of the above-mentioned pilot studies:
- To develop practical guidance to selected developing countries on how to examine the status of current national industrial chemicals management and to establish priorities to implement a sound national chemicals management system for industrial chemicals.
- To strengthen the capabilities of Parties to assess risks associated with industrial chemicals;
- To facilitate and promote the development of integrated and harmonized national industrial chemicals legislative and administrative frameworks to support the implementation of national obligations under the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions and other relevant legally binding international instruments;
- To establish the foundation and key elements for a toolkit to be used by developing countries to undertake a process to collect information to determine the present national situation for example through the establishment of a national profile or an update of a national profile, and to analyze priorities for future activities to gain sound management of industrial chemicals.
Two countries expressed a willingness to participate in the pilot studies (Jordan and Botswana). These two countries will examine the national status of industrial chemical management through coordinated discussions and deliberations involving all relevant stakeholders. Elements of a toolkit developed by an international expert consultant in industrial chemicals management will be used to guide the process and the consultant will also facilitate and support the pilot countries. This analysis will involve countries building on information received to establish their status within a tiered structure to ensure that fundamental structures are examined and in place and capacity is increased in a logical step by step manner through the use of the information provided. The use of information from other countries will be encouraged and channels explored on how to obtain such information from other related MEAs.
WHO’s Risk Assessment Toolkit: the Secretariat has collaborated with the WHO on the development of a risk assessment toolkit that will support developing countries in their risk assessment efforts related to hazardous chemicals. The toolkit provides information, flowcharts and case studies on risk assessment methodology and includes a section on the Rotterdam Convention. The toolkit is already being utilized in the delivery of the Secretariat’s technical assistance activities on risk assessments, which are also being organized in collaboration with the WHO.
Legal framework for industrial chemicals: please refer to the section “provision of support”, under section 10 here above, as the legal programme and support are cross-cutting with such activities on industrial chemicals.