With the industrial development during the past decade, Sri Lanka is experiencing chemical disasters which can be observed more frequently than early days. Such events include fires, explosions, leakages or releases of toxic and hazardous materials that can cause disaster situations including people illness, injury, disability or death, damages to property and natural environment. Further, modern terrorism had experienced by using Chemical Weapons for mass destruction and to develop homemade explosives for their terrorist activities. NACWC as one of the chemical regulating authorities in Sri Lanka and the organization for providing technical expertise in any chemical emergency situation in the country has planned to conduct a workshop on “Emerging Chemical Threats for National Security”. The programme is scheduled to be conducted on 24th March 2022 as one day programme focusing on the first responder units of Tri-forces, STF, Police, Coast Guard, College of Military Medicine, Fire Brigade and 1990 Suwa Seriya Foundation. The venue will be the Sappers Leisure Bay (SALEBA) Auditorium, Army Camp, Mattegoda. This programme is comprised with following guest lectures; a. Dr. Rohan Perera (Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) will conduct a lecture on “Emerging Chemical Threats and New Trends”. b. Dr Padmakumara Jayasinghe (University of Colombo) will conduct a lecture on “Emerging Natural Disaster Risk and potential to generate Chemical Emergencies”. c. Prof. P.B. Terney Pradeep Kumara (University of Ruhuna) will conduct a lecture on “Case Study on X-press pearl Disaster, Overview of Responder Operation, Challenges and Lessons learned”.

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