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Safety Training Program

- Call for Host Companies -

The IUPAC Committee on Chemistry and Industry (COCI) is seeking Host Companies for the IUPAC-UNESCO-UNIDO Safety Training Program (STP). The STP enables experts from developing countries to learn about safety and environmental protective measures by visiting and working with IUPAC Company Associates in industrialized countries. The STP brings IUPAC together with the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the United Nations International Development Organization (UNIDO) to promote interactions between developed countries and the developing world by disseminating state-of-the-art knowledge on safety and environmental protection in chemical production.

Seven trainees are currently awaiting placement at Host Companies. All are professional scientists and engineers who are supervisors or managers in chemical companies, government institutions, or academic laboratories. They have all been chosen for their experience and for their ability to influence leaders and staff in their workplaces and within their home countries. IUPAC and UNESCO provide funding for trainee travel to the Host Company, and the Host Company provides for local expenses during training.

STP Trainees visit the research and manufacturing facilities of IUPAC CA Host Companies for a two- to three-week period, during which the trainees shadow health, safety and environmental professionals to gain first-hand experience in state-of-the-art practices. Traniees then apply their new learnings at home in their workplaces, communities and governments. Nine trainees, from Turkey, China, Egypt, Nigeria, Kenya and Uruguay have participated in the STP at six Host Companies in the USA, UK, Japan and South Africa since 2000.

There are many benefits to Host Companies. Besides the favorable publicity that all Host Companies gain, productive long-term relationships can built with the Trainees and their home countries that can benefit the company and the trainee long after training is concluded. Dialogs between Host Company staff and trainees can lead to suggestions for improvements and new initiatives.

COCI is ready to assist Host Companies with trainee selection and scheduling and planning of site visits. Contact Mark Cesa <mark.cesa@innovene.com>, COCI chairman and STP coordinator, for more information and to volunteer!

> www.iupac.org/standing/coci/safety-program.html

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