Algeria is improving its regulations governing the transport of dangerous substances through the European SecTrans-Nas project
After several months of interruption of its field missions due to the pandemic, the SecTransNAS project has resumed activity in Algeria, now providing online training courses and workshops.
For four days, specialists from the European Union provided workshops and training courses designed to upgrade the Algerian legal framework regarding the transport of dangerous chemical and biological substances in order to implement circulation plans, offering training in ADR regulations (the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road), the transport of biological samples and emergency response to accidents.
As far as regulations are concerned, while waiting for the country to sign the ADR in the future, specific proposals have been made to adapt the Algerian drafts, already advanced, to international standards governing road transport of dangerous goods.
In the section on proposals, our Algerian partners were presented with two models to regulate the circulation of vehicles carrying dangerous chemical and biological substances. This work was based on information obtained in Algeria and from the Algerians themselves during the first field mission.
Finally, the training courses on ADR and the transport of biological samples have also served to bring participants closer to regulatory compliance. Specific aspects such as loading and unloading operations and the main functions of those involved in the transport chain have been addressed.
About the project:
This project is led by FIIAPP in association with the Institut Militaire d’Hygiène et d’Épidémiologie (MIHE) and the Association pour le Développement, l’Éducation, le Droit, la Formation, l’Art et la Sécurité (ADELFAS). It is working with specialists from the Ministry of Development to improve the transport of chemical and biological substances in North Africa and the Sahel through safer road transport. The project seeks to harmonise regulations at a regional level in the transport of chemical and biological materials pursuant to relevant international standards.