The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons’ ‘Associate Programme’, managed by evolve LEADTEAM, is held on campus.
Surrey’s chemical engineering academics have supported the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) since its formation, and the OPCW recently won the Nobel Peace Prize.
Now, the OPCW’s ‘Associate Programme’ training course comes to Surrey’s campus, welcoming international delegates (chemists, chemical engineers and academics) from 32 developing countries.
The programme’s main aim is to train participants in best practice of running a safe and productive chemical business.
During the course (which is split into two streams), delegates take part in a simulated chemical engineering plant, taking up positions from lab technician to operations manager. Participants foster deals with new ‘clients’, are quizzed by health and safety inspectors and produce high-quality saline solution (the type used in contact lenses and medical drips) following stringent guidelines.
Plant Manager on the simulation in Stream A, Chris Deeman, says, “I’ve just graduated from Surrey’s Department of Chemical and Process Engineering and the course is hard work, but also a lot of fun. In my role within the Associate Programme I oversee the entire chemical plant simulation – and I’m also living with those from the course – they’re wonderful people, from all over the world, and there’s a real mix of cultures.”
Dr David Faraday, director of evolve LEADTEAM Ltd, delivering the course, explains, “The OPCW wanted to set up a programme for those in developing countries, to prepare them for what the chemical industry is like in developed countries.
“Thanks to the facilities at Surrey, delegates are able to take part in maintenance training, solids handling, chemical management systems, chemical security as well as recycling, plant-based problem solving, financial management and business and presentation skills. By the end of the Associate Programme, participants leave us with increased skills and understanding of how to run and be a part of a successful chemical engineering plant, and share this best practice when they’re home.
“It’s a great honour to be working with the OPCW, an organisation which has won the Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts, and to be holding the course at Surrey.”