Development of GHS Training Modules in the Context of Africa

 

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Training Package
 

GHS Training Modules in the Context of Africa

This training package was developed to support GHS capacity building and implementation in Africa. It contains a series of presentations focused on key issues related to GHS and chemicals management in the region.

For further information on the project and its objectives, please see the overview page.

Below is the list of GHS training modules, with a description of the contents and objectives of each. Each presentation can be downloaded and adapted further for the specific training and learning needs of users.

1. Chemicals use and management in Africa

The purpose of this module is to provide an overview of chemicals use and management efforts in Africa. The presentation includes details on what sectors use chemicals, chemicals safety issues and an overview of some regional chemicals management initiatives. The purpose of this module is to provide a contextual overview for audiences of some of the key problems in the region related to chemicals and to identify some key areas of weakness for chemicals management.

2. Overview of the KemI “Towards a Non-toxic Environment in Africa” Initiative

This module gives an overview of the Swedish Chemicals Agency (KemI) initiative, “Towards a Non-toxic Environment in Africa”, including the activities, objectives and available resources for supporting chemicals management. The objective of this presentation is to provide access to information on possible ways that KemI knowledge and information resources could support GHS.

3. Introduction to the GHS

This training module provides a background and history to the GHS, and information on the development and maintenance of the system. The purpose of this presentation is inform audiences of the importance of why the GHS was developed and how it is coordinated globally.

4. The GHS as a tool for supporting SAICM and implementing the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions

This training module addresses several key international chemicals agreements and conventions and how the GHS can support their implementation. The objective of this presentation is to familiarise audiences to the wider global chemicals policy context related to GHS.

5. GHS and Basel Convention implementation

This training module explains the main elements of the Basel Convention and describes in further detail the use of the GHS for its implementation. Attention is also given to the structure of the Basel Convention Centres and how they can contribute to capacity building and training. The objective of this presentation is to inform audiences of the importance of GHS in supporting the Basel Convention, as well as the role of Basel Centres.

6. GHS capacity building and implementation

This training module details issues and activities related to national GHS implementation, including responsibilities for implementation of the GHS, stakeholders and sectors involved, and key activities for building capacities to implement the GHS. The objective of this presentation is to provide a perspective of the various considerations in working toward GHS implementation.

7. Technical Overview of the GHS

This training module is the core of the training package and focuses on the technical aspects of the GHS itself. It begins with information on the scope and application of the GHS, and continues with details on classification for substances and mixtures, including several examples. Finally, the presentation finishes with a detailed overview of hazard communication, including risk versus hazards, labels and Safety Data Sheets. The objective of this presentation is to train audiences on the main elements of the GHS and to provide the initial tools for applying the GHS.

8. Case Studies

These cases studies are provided to give concrete examples of GHS capacity building and implementation efforts in Africa.

a) GHS capacity building and implementation in Nigeria
b) Regional GHS implementation in ECOWAS