UN/OECD Seminar in follow-up to the 2020 Beirut port explosion
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Lessons learned, experiences and good practices in managing risks of ammonium nitrate storage, handling and transport in port areas, preventing accidents and mitigating their consequences
Introduction 12:00 – 12:10 Welcoming remarks Dmitry Mariyasin, UNECE Deputy Executive Secretary Michael Struckl, Chair of this seminar's Advisory Group, Vice-Chair of the UNECE Industrial Accidents Convention's Bureau (Austria), Moderator of Part 1 12:10 – 12:15 Statement from Lebanon Zahi Chahine, Head of National Disaster Risk Management Unit, Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Lebanon 1. Ammonium nitrate (AN) and AN-based fertilizers, accidents involving AN and lessons learned 12:15 – 12:25 Characteristics and types of AN and AN-based fertilizers Heike Michael-Schulz, Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), Germany 12:25 – 12:35 Lessons learned from past accidents involving AN and AN-based fertilizers Maureen Wood, Major Accident Hazard Bureau, European Commission Joint Research Centre 12:35 – 12:45 The Beirut port explosion Video investigation produced by Forensic Architecture 12:45 – 12:55 Q&A with Session 1 speakers; please submit all questions through the chat 2. International legal instruments and recommendations addressing AN and AN-based fertilizers 12:55 – 13:05 Overview of UN/OECD legal instruments and recommendations addressing the storage, handling and transport of AN and AN-based fertilizers and related accident prevention, preparedness and response Rosa Garcia Couto, Scientific Affairs Officer, Sustainable Transport Division, UNECE Franziska Hirsch, Secretary of the Industrial Accidents Convention, UNECE 13:05 – 13:10 International Maritime Organization's Recommendations on the Safe Transport of Dangerous Cargoes and Related Activities in Port Areas Antti Nironen, Technical Officer, Maritime Safety Division, IMO 13:10 – 13:15 International Labour Organization's Conventions on Chemicals and on the Prevention of Major Industrial Accidents Manal Azzi, Global Team Lead on Occupational Safety and Health, ILO 13:15 – 13:20 UNEP/OCHA Joint Environment Unit's response and support following the Beirut port explosion Margherita Fanchiotti, Programme Management Officer, UNEP/OCHA Joint Environment Unit 13:20 – 13:30 Synthesis of results from the UN/OECD joint survey: Strengths and gaps in implementing legal instruments and recommendations that address AN and AN-based fertilizers and reported challenges Joseph Orangias, Consultant, UNECE secretariat to the Industrial Accidents Convention 13:30 – 13:40 Q&A with Session 2 speakers; please submit all questions through the chat 3. Good practices and lessons learned 13:40 – 13:50 Post-Beirut port explosion actions being taken in France to further increase the safe transport of AN and AN-based fertilizers in port areas Claude Pfauvadel, Head of the Mission for the Transport of Dangerous Goods, Ministry of Ecological Transition, France 13:50 – 14:00 Implementation of rules and regulations covering AN and AN-based fertilizers at the Port of Klaipėda Vygantas Nagys, Dangerous Cargo Inspector, SE Klaipėda State Seaport Authority, Lithuania 14:00 – 14:30 Break 14:30 – 14:40 Application of the guide for planners and designers on land-use planning and methodologies for calculating AN risks Daisi Käger, Chief inspector of Safety Supervision Bureau, Estonian Rescue Board, Estonia 14:40 – 14:50 Q&A with the above three speakers; please submit all questions through the chat 14:50 – 15:05 Joint presentation of selected industry practices Richard Bilman, Australasian Explosives Industry Safety Group Inc. Kishore Shah, Fertilizers Europe Noel Hsu, Institute of Makers of Explosives, SAFEX, National Fire Protection Association 15:05 – 15:15 Brazilian task force in ports and hazmat warehouses: Preventive actions triggered by the Beirut port explosion and São Francisco do Sul incidents Philipe Pontes Barbeiro, Environmental Analyst, Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama), Brazil 15:15 – 15:25 Rules on inspecting storage and transport sites and port areas with AN and AN-based fertilizers and challenges in their implementation Colonel Jurie van Staden, Section Commander of Explosives Control/Office of the Chief Inspector of Explosives, South African Police Service, South Africa 15:25 – 15:35 Guidelines and programs to ensure the safety and security of sites with AN and AN-based fertilizers, following the West Fertilizer Company explosion in Texas in 2013 Lisa Long, Director of Office of Engineering Safety, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and on behalf of Environmental Protection Agency, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, United States 15:35 – 15:50 Q&A with the above four speakers; please submit all questions through the chat 4. Seminar conclusions and closing 15:50 – 16:20Panel discussion Moderated by Rachel McCann, Chair of the OECD Working Party on Chemical Accidents (Health and Safety Executive, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) 16:20 – 16:30 Summary of the seminar: Lessons learned, challenges and ways forward Torill Tandberg, Chair of the UNECE Industrial Accidents Convention's Bureau and member of the OECD Working Party on Chemical Accidents' Bureau (Directorate for Civil Protection, Norway), Moderator of Part 2