MINSK, 24 November (BelTA) – Foreign specialists remotely attend classes on protection against chemical weapons in the Civil Protection University of the Belarusian Emergencies Ministry, BelTA learned from the university's spokesman Andrei Sadovsky.
The educational course on protection against chemical weapons was launched by the university's branch Institute for Retraining and Professional Development (IRPD). It is a basic course that has been arranged in line with recommendations of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons specifically for foreign specialists. The course includes 24 training sessions. The students are specialists from Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Armenia, Moldova, and Azerbaijan.
Students are expected to study provisions of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on their Destruction. They will study the main types of modern chemical threats, classifications, qualities and properties of dangerous chemical substances, and how they can possibly affect people. Close attention will be paid to signs, symptoms, and consequences of the impact of various chemicals on the human body.
Later on the students will attend practical classes in the Institute for Retraining and Professional Development. In a tactical practice ground they will practice decontamination, the application of chemical reconnaissance and control equipment, the use of individual protection means, responses to incidents and accidents involving hazardous chemicals.
The purpose of the educational course is to form competences that allow properly deal with emergencies that involve hazardous chemicals.