A working group of twenty-five professionals and experts from key national agencies of the Kyrgyz Republic met last November 25-27, in Bishkek, at the State Agency on Environment Protection and Forestry, the Working Package 4 delegation of experts of the European Union’s Centers of Excellence for the prevention, protection and mitigation against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear risks and threats. The scientific and technical discussion focused on a series of emerging threats related to the management of hazardous chemical and biological waste.
In particular, some exemplar study cases dealing with the handling, reduction, recycling and reuse of hazardous waste materials (electronic waste, mercury- or lead-containing end-of-life devices, asbestos waste materials, etc.) were treated and discussed in a multidisciplinary way, thanks to the multi-faceted background of the participants. A specific session of the training activity dealt with the commonly-accepted best practices for a correct identification, handling, management and disposal of hazardous waste materials in laboratories, clinics and small chemical production sites.
In addition, the CABICHEM experts, coming from the Institute of Chemical Sciences and Technologies of the Italian National Research Council, CNR-SCITEC, and from FORMIT Foundation in Rome, presented to the participants a train-the-trainer didactical module to allow the participants to transfer the main outcomes of the 3-day-long work activity to other colleagues in the Kyrgyz Republic.
The training session is a part of the EU CBRN Project no. 65 on “Strengthening chemical and biological waste management in Central Asia countries for improved security and safety risk mitigation”, which is being carried out in five partner countries of Central Asia.
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