Speakers

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Mr. Bertrand Dagallier

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Bertrand Dagallier is principal administrator at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) where he has worked for 25 years in the field of agriculture, biosafety and chemical safety. In post at the Environment, Health and Safety Division that deals with the safety of chemicals and biotechnology products, Bertrand is in charge of the OECD programme on chemical accident prevention, preparedness and response. Through this programme, public authorities, industry, other international organisations and interested parties exchange experiences, improve their safety systems, and develop together guidance and tools helping to prevent chemical accidents and respond appropriately if one occurs.

B. Dagallier also assists the development of OECD Harmonised Templates for chemical test reports, as well as the biosafety and novel food and feed safety programmes.

In his previous positions, he owrked on development projects at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), at the French Seed Certification and Quality Control Agency, and at the Institut d'Économie Rurale of Bamako, Mali.

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Mr. David Russell

Centre for Radiation, Chemicals and. Environmental Hazards - Wales

David Russell obtained a BSc in Neurophysiology from The University of Leeds in 1983, before completing a MSc in cardio-vascular physiology at the same university in 1984. He subsequently read medicine at hte Welsh National School of Medicine (now Cardiff University). graduating in 1989. David subsequently practiced as an anaesthetist for 2 years, before specialising in medical biochemistry and completing his training in 2000, successfully obtaining his Membership of the Royal College of Pathologists in 2000; in 2003, he became a fellow of said college. In 2000, he was appointed as the Medical Director of the National Focus for Chemical Incidents, before becoming the Senior Medical Officer for the Environment at Welsh Assembly Government in 2002. In 2003, he was appointed as Head of The Chemicals Hazards and Poisons Division (Cardiff), part of the Health Protection Agency for whom he worked between 2003 and 2013. He now works as a Consultant in environmental Toxicology for Public Health England. In 2009, he became a Professor of Environment and Health at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

His main interests include the public health management of chemicals incidents, maritime transport, air quality and public health and chemical terrorism. Professor Russell has obtained several research grants from the European Union for study in these areas. He also runs several training and teaching programmes, with regular contributions to universities in Kenya and Oman, as well as the Chulabhorn Research Institute (CRI) in Bangkok, Thailand. He has strong links with WHO and its regions and represents the UK at the Chemicals Events Working Group of the G7+Mexico Global Health Security Action Group.

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Ms. Franziska Hirsch

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

Franziska Hirsch is the Secretary to the Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). At the same time, she also serves as UNECE's focal point for Disaster Risk Reduction. As such, Franziska has more than five years of experience in the area of industrial/chemical risk identification, assessment and governance, consistently working to mainstream relevant considerations across sectors and institutions.

Overall, Franziska has more than 15 years of experience with the United Nations, covering various sustainable development and environment issues, and developing cross-sectoral linkages. She worked with the secretariats of several UNECE multilateral environmental agreements, including - in addition to the Industrial Accident Convention - also the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution and UNECE/WHO Protocol on Water and Health to the Water Convention. During her tenure with the joint UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section, Franziska addressed issues related to forestry and climate change, energy, ecosystems and biodiversity.

Prior to joining UNECE, Franziska started her UN career at the International Trade Centre UNCTAD/WTO. She also has prior work experience with the European Parliament and the private sector.

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Ms. Halshka Graczyk

International Labour Organization (ILO)

Halshka Graczyk is a Technical Specialist on Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) at the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland. In this role, Halshka manages the chemicals portfolio - which spans across all work sectors and occupations worldwide and assesses hazardous exposures along the life cycle of chemicals and waste. In addition she supports a number of technical areas including OSH risk assessment, major industrial accidents and the development of evidence based public policies, programmes and strategies. Halshka holds a Masters in Public Health and a PhD with a specialization in occupational safety and health, focused on the evaluation of novel and emerging OSH risks. 

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Ms. Hazlina Yon

Department of Occupational Safety and Health Malaysia, Ministry of Human Resource

She has wide experience in the field of Occupational Safety and Health specifically Chemical Management and Industrial Hygiene since joining the Department Occupational Safety and Health in 1994. 
Her experiences include conducting risk assessments, promulgate various occupational health related guidelines, Code of Practice, manual CHRA 1st Edition, CHRA 2nd Edition, drafting various regulations such as Classification, Labelling, and Safety Sheets (CLASS 2013), USECHH etc. She was also appointed as a director in the state of Kedah before joining Chemical Management Division in May 2018. Presently, she is the Chemical Management Division’s Director. She is responsible for the classification of chemicals submitted as inventory under the CLASS regulations and strategizing enforcement strategies in complying to the USECHH Regulations 2000 and the CLASS Regulations 2013. She is also in charged for the issuance of approval to training providers on chemical management related field.
During the Movement Control Order, she is involved in drafting the SOPs for the Ministry of Human Resources, involved in the drafting of Weekly and Daily report in compliance to the SOP by various sectors. Actively involved in webinar and engagement with industries on issues related to Covid-19.

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Mr. Kersten Gutschmidt

World Health Organization (WHO)

Kersten Gutschmidt is a Technical Officer on Environmental Health and Chemical Safety at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. In his role, Kersten has been involved in the development of a number of WHO guidelines including on the public health aspects of chemical incidents. Upon request of WHO Member States, Kersten has been deployed numerous times to support countries with the acute public health response to chemical incidents and emergencies. In recent years, Kersten’s focus has been on capacity building and training on chemical risk assessment and management with a focus on developing countries.  Kersten holds a Masters in Chemistry and a PhD with a focus on occupational health. He has been a postdoctoral researcher in environmental epidemiology and was visiting scientist at Harvard University before he joined WHO.

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Ms. Rachel McCann

Health and Safety Executive, Untited Kingdom

Rachel McCann is the Head of Emergency Planning and Civil Contingency Co-ordinator for the UK Health and Safety Executive, the regulator for workplace health and safety.  She is responsible for ensuring her department’s preparedness for responding to major incidents, represents her department in cross government work to plan and prepare for major incidents, and co-ordinates her department’s involvement in large scale civil contingency response such as the Coronavirus pandemic.  She was previously Head of Policy for Onshore Major Hazards and Land Use Planning in HSE with responsibility for the Seveso Directive and domestic regulations for planning, preparedness and response to industrial major accidents. 
She has sat on the EU’s Seveso Expert Group and Committee of the Competent Authorities, and represented the UK at the Conference of the Parties to the UNECE Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents Convention.  Rachel is currently the Chair of the OECD Working Party on Chemical Accidents.

Moderator

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Mr. Jorge Ocana

United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

Jorge Ocana is the Manager of Chemicals and Waste Programme in UNITAR and has more than 25 years of experience developing chemicals-related strategies, guidance materials and training programmes on specific areas of Chemicals and Waste Management.  He has been involved in activities and projects related to Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), particularly on PCB management in African countries and in the Latin American region.  He holds a master’s degree in Social Sciences and a Biology Degree.