________________                               TRANSITION FACILITY PROJECT, NO.SI 06 IB EC 02

                                    PROJECT OVERVIEW

Name of the Project:
 Transition Facility Twinning "Advanced Chemical Safety - Third Stage Project" (in short
    “Chemical safety 3”), No. SI 06 IB EC 02
    Note: this project is a follow-up of the preceeding project Phare Twinning "Further Development
    of Chemical Safety", No. SI 03 IB EC 02 (Chemical Safety 2).
Duration of the Project: 24 months (starting date 4.6.2007)
Project Purpose:
 raising the level of chemical safety by further improving the protection of human health and the
    environment against dangerous chemicals with special focus on enforcement, awareness raising
    and risk management,
 further improvement of practical harmonization of the Slovene chemical safety system with the
    system in place in other EU Member States in the area of chemical safety at the horizontal
    intersectoral level;
 facilitating the free movement of goods in the field of chemicals throughout the EU internal
Project Budget:
 European Commission (Transition Facility)            Slovenia (Co-financing)
  900.000 €                                           430.000 € + VAT
 1.330.000 € + VAT
Twinning Partners: Slovenia and Austria
 On Slovene side: Ministry of Health/National Chemicals Bureau as coordinator of the
    Intersectoral Committee on Chemical Safety
 On Austrian side: Chemicals Department of the Austrian Umweltbundesamt (Austrian Federal
    Environment Agency), Vienna
Approximately 40 foreign experts from different EU Member States are involved in the project.
During several short term visits to Slovenia they support Slovene individuals and intersectoral
working groups which work in different fields covered by the project.
The main signatory of the project contract on Slovene side: Dr Marta Ciraj, Director, Ministry of
Health/National Chemicals Bureau, Mali trg 6, SI-1000 Ljubljana, tel.: +386-1-478-6039, fax.: +386-
1-478-6266, e-mail:
Location of the Project Secretariat: Ministry of Health/National Chemicals Bureau – Intersectoral
Project Centre on Chemical Safety; postal address: Mali trg 6, SI-1000 Ljubljana.; address for visits:
Cesta na Brdo 69, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia, tel.: +386-(0)1-478-6900, fax.: +386-(0)1-400-6911
Project Leaders:
 Slovene project leader: Ms Darja Boštjančič, tel.: +386-1-400-9601, +386-41-787784 (mobile),
    fax.: +386-(0)1-400-6911, e-mail:
 Austrian project leader: Mr Helmut Witzani, Austrian Federal Environmental Agency
    (Umweltbundesamt), tel.: +43-(0)1-313-045611, fax: + 43-(0)1-313-045660, e-mail:
Residential Twinning Adviser (RTA): Ms Gerda Zartner-Nyilas, during the project located in
Slovenia, tel.: +386-1-478-6902, fax.: +386-(0)1-400-6911, e-mail:
Steering Committee: Intersectoral Committee on Chemical safety (Chairperson Ms Marjana
Peterman, Slovenian Consumers’ Association)
                             COMPONENTS AND ACTIVITIES

COMPONENT 1: Chemical Safety Administrative Tools
1.1.1 Intermediate Workshop
1.1.2 Final Conference
1.1.3 Steering Committee Meetings and Project Leading Missions
1.2.1 Safety of Nanomaterials
1.2.2 Documents Supporting Implementation of Existing Legislation
1.2.3 Implementation of New Regulatory Schemes on REACH and GHS
1.2.4 Training
1.3.1 Intranet Portal for Inspectors (IPI) in the Area of Chemical Safety
1.3.2 Integration of Control Activities of Inspectors
1.3.3 Realisation of Further Goals of the National Programme on Chemical Safety

COMPONENT 2: Handling Hazards and Risks
2.1 S-Tox Basic Course and Advanced Courses
2.2 Introduction of Knowledge in Toxicology in theLocal Education System, the Undergraduate and
    Postgraduate Level, Elementary and Secondary School Level, Kindergartens
2.3 Awareness Raising Campaign
2.4 Strategy for Promotion of the Role of the NGOs in Chemical Safety and Creation of a NGO
2.5 Training Modules on Risk Management Including a Case Study

COMPONENT 3: Stages of Lifecycle of Chemicals
3.1 Chemical Accidents
3.2 Safety and Health at Work with Chemicals
3.3 Integrated Monitoring of Chemicals Pollution:
    a) linkage of water data bases
    b) guidelines

Component 1: Chemical Safety Administrative Tools
In this component advanced revision and final tuning regarding the vertical and horizontal
(intersectoral) compatibility of the Slovene chemical safety legislation will be addressed.
After identification of potential gaps, overlaps and contradictions, further recommendations
for improvements of the horizontal compatibility will be given and a draft correction of some
most problematic pieces of legislation will be made. In order to cover some of the most
problematic gaps and to complement the legislation in different fields, standards, codes of
practice and guidelines (“soft legislation”) will be prepared. The prepared documents will be
presented to users in the form of training.
The second big part of this component will be devoted to integration of the work of different
inspectorates, competent for control of compliance with the legislation in the area of chemical
safety. The content for the intranet portal for inspectors (IPI) will be prepared and IT
adaptations will be made so that IPI will be introduced into the overall Slovene portal for
inspectors, a pilot test phase will be performed with a few inspectorates. The prepared
documents and the IPI will be presented to users in the form of training. In addition, regarding
enforcement, integrative intersectoral control mechanisms will be more intensified through
raising the level of technical expertise and knowledge about state-of the-art of the safety
techniques. In this context 3 real joint inspections of different Slovene inspectorates in
selected Slovene companies will be organised.

All these activities will be carried out also with regard to REACH and GHS for which at first
an event for broad arena of stakeholders will be organized to help them proceed in practical
sense, an advice will given on the institutional setting and organization, if relevant, also
guidelines and SOPs will be prepared, followed by a training for administration and industry.
Regarding the general activities, two comprehensive events will be carried out in order to
manage and control the current work of the project and to ensure coherence of the contents:
an intermediate workshop and a final conference at the end of the project. At these workshops
the ongoing work will be discussed to identify overlaps and synergies between the
components and to facilitate cooperation and information exchange between key experts.
Problems and suggestions occurring during the work will be considered to ensure flexibility
and eventual needs for adaptations to the work plan will be discussed. The Austrian project
leader will work in close cooperation with the Slovene project leader and the RTA in order to
be informed about challenges to ensure a smoothly running coordination and political
steering. The Austrian project leader will quarterly be in Slovenia in order to review the
progresses of the project and to adjust the project content due to changes on political and
administrative levels and other findings and developments. In addition, a conference on
toxicology and safety on nanomaterials will be organized in order to stimulate proper
understanding of these issues by all stakeholders in Slovenia and to facilitate introduction of
risk reduction measures.

Activity 1.1.1 Intermediate Workshop: To review/analyse the results of the different
components, to discuss further steps and to refine the work plan for future activities, an
intermediate workshop will be held including project leaders, key experts and Slovene experts
involved in the project. Closer project cooperation of all project parts and information
exchange will be assured, feedback will be gathered, overlaps and synergies will be identified
and further needs will be defined. If appropriate, some activities may be redesigned or
adapted in response to current developments in Slovenia. Developments in the legislative
process are to be taken into account. The workshop is regarded as an important tool for
reaching the main goals of the twinning project and it should also assure a comprehensive
course of the project. The timing will be decided based on the dynamics of the project and
current needs.
Expected results:
- results reached and open issues of components discussed, recommendations given and
    further needs defined, optimisation of co-operation, re-designed activities according to the

Activity 1.1.2 Final Conference: At the end of the twinning project a conference will be
organised, where the final outcomes of the different project parts are evaluated and presented
to all involved parties and other stakeholders from the governmental and non-governmental
level as well as to other interested countries. It shall summarize the results, raise overall
awareness and give recommendations for the future. The results of all project packages shall
be processed to support the preparation of the final report of the project. It will also serve for
raising the motivation for implementation of the project recommendations. Participants from
other countries will be welcome in order to pass the experiences gained in the project also to
Expected results:
- dissemination of project results, recommendations and final conclusions during the
conference, overall awareness raised.

1.1.3   Steering Committee Meetings, Project Leader Missions:
Expected results:
- Project development monitored and steered.
Activity 1.2.1 Safety of Nanomaterials: At appropriate time during the project a conference on
safety of nanomaterials will be organized for different stakeholders from Slovenia,
participants from other countries would also be welcome. This is the next step after the first
Conference on Safety of Nanomaterials that was organized in the preceding project CS II.
Nanomaterials are more and more present in every day life but there is still not enough
knowledge on their toxicological properties and therefore not enough awareness on the risks
they pose. In order to ensure the safe use of nanomaterials and the ensuing benefits, it is
necessary to lay the legal and methodological foundations for evaluating the long-term effects
of nanotechnology on man and the environment. If possible, a brochure on safety of
Nanomaterials in Slovene language might be prepared and published by the TF budget in
combination with the Slovene co-financing budget.
Expected results:
- information on nanomaterials provided,
- overall awareness on risks posed by nanomaterials raised.

Activity 1.2.2 Documents Supporting Implementation of Existing Legislation: Additional
efforts shall be taken to improve the horizontal compatibility of the whole set of chemical
safety legislation in order to effectively implement the existing legislative provisions and to
achieve the final practical compliance with the EU. The previous initial horizontal cross-
check of legislation showed that in the area of chemical safety among different pieces of
legislation sometimes there are gaps, overlaps and contradictions which hinder the effective
implementation. Beside this, the legislation is extensive, complex and difficult content wise
therefore integrative intersectoral mechanisms should be more intensified and the level of
technical expertise and knowledge about state-of the art of the safety techniques should be
raised. Therefore the areas of gaps, overlaps and contradictions shall be further explored,
recommendations given, and in some priority areas also the improvements drafted. It is
expected that the development of Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs), codes of practice
and technical guidelines supporting and improving the understanding of intersectoral
legislation and the suitable tools to fill in the gaps will be most helpful in this respect.
After the cross-check, the needs will be assessed and the priority documents to be developed
will be identified. Then the examples of such documents (e.g. existing in other countries) will
be collected and decision will be made which of them will be taken on board as a basis for
development of the Slovene ones, the translation will follow. In the next steps the envisaged
documents will be developed and published afterwards. Since development of Slovene
version of each of these documents requires quite an effort, hiring of a number of Slovene
external experts will be crucial, using the Slovene co-financing budget. In some cases
establishing of working groups might also be applicable. The foreign project short term
experts will during their missions therefore offer mentorship to Slovene external
experts/working groups and also practically help them in solving open questions and
developing the documents.
Expected results:
- the needs for development of supporting documents for implementation of chemical safety
  legislation identified, recommendations given,
- development of some priority missing documents (e.g. SOPs and guidelines) or improved
  understanding and more effective implementation of chemical safety legislation in Slovenia.

Activity 1.2.3 Implementation of New Regulatory Schemes on REACH and GHS: At first an
event on practical implementation of REACH and GHS will be held in Slovenia. The aim is
to provide better and more detailed insight into practical consequences of the new EU
chemical policy, which will enter into force 1st June 2007 as well as into the Globally
Harmonised System (GHS) of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals. The awareness of
broad spectrum of Slovene governmental and non-governmental stakeholders and the
interested public regarding their obligations under REACH and GHS as well as on
possibilities for co-operation shall be increased and possible needs and practical solutions
shall be identified.
An additional goal of this activity is the discussion of the steps necessary for a timely
implementation of REACH and GHS into the Slovene regulatory system. This will happen by
advising Slovene competent authorities in assistance missions: after a mission focused on
identification of needs, the activities will be dedicated to the formulation of SOPs and
guidelines (e.g. for operation of a helpdesk, for the flow the information, ensuring coherence
of information provided to industry). The activity will support the implementation of the new
chemicals legislation in Slovenia. Hiring of external Slovene experts to help drafting the
SOPs guidelines and other relevant documents might also be relevant in addition.
Expected results:
- major issues for implementation of REACH and GHS in Slovenia identified,
- awareness of stakeholders raised,
- development of recommendations on implementation of REACH and GHS in Slovenia,
- development of SOPs and guidelines for implementation of REACH and GHS in Slovenia.

Activity 1.2.4 Training: Training will be provided in regulative areas of relevance to chemical
safety (e.g. GHS, REACH). Participants shall be staff from administrative bodies including
inspectorates as well as from concerned industry. Before training is provided, details of the
needs will be assessed during an extra mission.
Expected results:
- Staff from administrative bodies, inspectorates and industry in Slovenia trained in relevant
  areas of chemical safety.

Activity 1.3.1 Intranet Portal for Inspectors (IPI) in the Area of Chemical Safety: On the basis
of recommendations of the preceding project “Transition Facility: Feasibility Study of
Equipment in the Area of Chemical Safety”, the content for the portal/platform for inspectors
competent for the area of chemical safety shall be further developed. Sets of legislation,
priority standard operation procedures, codes of practice, templates for the work of inspectors,
inventories of relevant industrial installations and companies, of company inspections etc.
shall be prepared. The relevant adaptations of software should be made in parallel so that the
IPI would be integrated into the overall Slovene portal for inspectors. This portal is located at
the Ministry of Public Administration. A few, in IT most advanced inspectorates should be
involved into a pilot stage of operation of the IPI portal to test and improve its operation. The
Slovene co-financing budget might also be used to help the relevant chemical safety
inspectorates improve their IT surrounding (e.g. purchase of portable computers and other IT
tools to enable them use IPI in the office and on-site).
Expected results:
- the priority set of information and documents (elements of the IPI) developed,
- software adaptations, allowing introduction of IPI in the overall Slovene inspectors’ portal
- pilot testing phase performed with a few of inspectors.

Activity 1.3.2 Integration of Control Activities of Inspectors: According to the National
Programme of Chemical Safety (NPCS) of Slovenia joint inspections are foreseen to be
carried out in different regulative areas like Seveso II or REACH. Mentorship for such joint
inspections should be provided by foreign project short term experts.
Other project activities will be selected from the programme of measures given in the NPCS,
priority area 2. The Slovene co-financing budget might also be used to help the inspectorates
in the area of chemical safety buy the missing personal-protection equipment and other tools
(e.g. for sampling) – link to the preceding project “Transition Facility: Feasibility Study of
Equipment in the Area of Chemical Safety”.
Expected results:
- at least 3 joint inspections carried out,
- other selected programme activities carried out.

Activity 1.3.3 Realisation of Further Goals of the National Programme on Chemical Safety:
Based on the National Programme of Chemical Safety (NPCS) and on the recommendations
and conclusions of the previous project CS 2 work will be done for further development of
chemical safety in Slovenia. Goals defined in the operational action plans mentioned in the
NPCS will be addressed and the required activities will be carried out.
A mid term expert with experience in the activities of the past projects CS1 and CS2 and the
NPCS topics should provide overall support in implementation of the project activities in
order to support the Slovene PL and the RTA. To ensure sustainability, the given benefits of
having all three chemical safety projects carried out by the same two project partners shall be
utilized to the maximum extent possible. Hiring other Slovene or foreign experts from the
Slovene co-financing budget might be relevant in addition in order to help facilitate
implementation of the NPCS activities.
Expected results:
- Support in implementation of the projects of the NPCS given.

Component 2: Handling Hazards and Risks
In addition to already performed activities in the previous projects, the main content of this
component will be a basic and several follow-up advanced courses in toxicology and eco-
toxicology according to the needs of different Slovene authorities and industry, further
integration of toxicological issues in the education system, training modules on risk
management with special focus on risk management measures, support in organisation of
further awareness raising chemical safety campaign.
As NGOs are nearly not present in chemical safety area Slovenia, a strategy needs to be
prepared to increase their role, a workshop will be organised to discuss the strategy and to
create a platform which will act as a discussion forum.
Regarding the preparation of efficient risk reduction strategies, trainings on risk management
and the exploration of possible risk management measures in a case study in one pilot area in
Slovenia will be carried out. Regarding risk management it is planned to broaden the
framework within this project, e.g. in including the topic of socio-economic analyses in
chemical risk management as this is a completely new aspect to the new chemicals legislation

Activity 2.1   S-Tox Basic Course and Advanced Courses: In continuation of the previous
project CS2, an improved programme of the 3-week STox Basic course on Regulatory
toxicology will be prepared and then the course will also be carried out (at least once). Several
follow-up advanced courses in toxicology and eco-toxicology according will be organized
according to the needs. The main target group will be personnel dealing with management of
chemical risks within authorities (incl. inspectorates) industry and other institutions, working
on these issues on their behalf. Training shall be based on practical examples. From Slovene
co-financing budget a number of Slovene or foreign experts might be hired in addition to help
prepare, organize and carry out the training.
Expected results:
- S-Tox basic and advanced courses prepared and carried out, participants trained in basic and
  advanced regulatory toxicology / eco-toxicology.

Activity 2.2  Introduction of Knowledge in Toxicology in the Local Education System, the
Undergraduate and Postgraduate Level, Elementary and Secondary School Level,
Kindergartens: The integration of toxicology/eco-toxicology and chemical safety issues in the
education system has already been started in CS2. This venture shall be continued in the
framework of CS3 as basic knowledge in toxicology is important for chemical safety.
Therefore support and advice shall be given through this project so that training modules (e.g.
interdisciplinary interfaculty undergraduate module, secondary, primary school) can be
organized in the future. Curricula and lecturing materials shall be prepared, e.g. also guideline
for teachers covering safety in school laboratories, update of materials to GHS.
In addition, support will be given in order to register the curricula of STox Basic course and
of the advanced Tox courses developed as vocal education in the national system of
professions. A mission shall provide an assessment of the course curricula serving as a basis
for the registration procedure of the courses for the vocal education.
Expected results:
- advice and support for creation of training modules for the introduction of toxicological
   knowledge at the undergraduate, secondary and elementary level given,
- recommendation on registration of S-Tox basic course and advanced courses given,
- assessment of curricula of S-Tox basic course and advanced courses for registration given.

Activity 2.3    Awareness Raising Campaign: An initial media campaign for raising public
awareness linked to different issues of chemical safety has been started through the
successfully finished project CS2. All project partners with competences in priority fields of
chemical safety have been invited to join the campaign in CS2. The challenge was not just
about telling people what to do and what not to do but to stimulate demand for accessible
information and helping information mediators to support the stakeholders and the public to
understand the issues, debate and contribute to risk reduction. In CS3, as a follow-up, a risk
communication training for relevant staff from the authorities and other relevant stakeholders,
including special training on effective motivation for joint commitment of different
stakeholders, will be organized. Then the most suitable broad multi-stakeholder (intersectoral)
awareness raising campaign in the field of chemical safety to culminate during the national
chemical safety week as foreseen in the NPCS will be prepared and carried out. Awareness in
the local communities all over Slovenia on chemical safety should be considered. A number
of specialists from Slovenia or abroad will be hired using also the Slovene co-financing
budget to help prepare and carry out the training and the campaign.
Expected results:
- training on communication provided to authorities and other relevant stakeholders,
- awareness raising campaign prepared,

- assistance and support for performing the chemical safety awareness raising campaign

Activity 2.4  Strategy for Promotion of the Role of the NGOs in Chemical Safety and
Creation of a NGO platform: NGOs play an important role in the framework of risk
communication, awareness raising as well as consumer and health protection. A draft strategy
how to involve NGO's in the promotion of chemical safety (e.g. as a platform) will be
prepared (Slovene co-financing resources might be used to hire a Slovene NGO to help
prepare a draft), a training to raise the level of their expertise will be designed and organized.
The main goal is to assign NGOs a more active role in the whole process of development of
chemical safety. The Slovene co-financing budget might also be used to finance some NGOs
to practically increase their role in the chemical safety field – working on selected open
Expected results:
- strategy for promotion of the role of the NGOs in chemical safety prepared,
- training for NGOs in chemical safety issues and communication carried out.

Activity 2.5    Training Modules on Risk Management Including a Case Study: As trainings
on risk assessment on one example of a biocide substance were successfully carried out in the
previous project financed by the Government of the Netherlands, it is now to build upon the
already gained knowledge and to train experts how to handle the identified risks. As risk
management is a quite flexible and difficult definable term, the main goal within this activity
is to present the idea of risk management through a general introduction followed by the
presentation of already existing guidance documents compiled by the European Commission,
OECD and other important players and by the introduction of a quite new instrument in
chemicals risk management, namely socio-economic analysis. To get practical experience
regarding risk management a Case Study will be initialised within this activity.
Expected results:
- workshops performed; expertise in the field of risk management and socio-economic
  analyses enhanced,
- case study on risk management started.

Component 3: Stages of Lifecycle of Chemicals: Component 3 will mainly be dedicated to the
following tasks: chemical accidents, safety and health at work with chemicals and integrated
monitoring of chemicals pollution. One aim of the first part of this component, namely
chemical accidents, is to ensure the appropriate medical treatment of intoxicated persons by
performing trainings in clinical toxicology and trainings for rescue teams. They will be
carried out in cooperation with the Poison Control Centre, which needs to be strengthened by
implementing further organisational and technical changes, Slovene budgetary resources
should be used already during the project to introduce the relevant improvements. Real
trainings on disaster management in a Slovene SEVESO II establishment will continue the
already initiated activities through CS II. In the framework of safety and health at work with
chemicals missions on supporting the development of some more guidelines (e.g. on
biological monitoring at the workplace) is planned. The last part of component 3 is mainly
concerned with water databases, e.g. the harmonization of data, data exchange, the linkage of
water databases and guidance for users of water databases.

Activity 3.1   Chemical Accidents: The aim of this acitivtiy is to help introduce further
organizational and technical changes to strengthen the Poison Control Centre and to organize
a workshop discussing all relevant prevention, preparedness and response perspectives of a
possible real major chemical accident with cross boarder effects (the role of Slovenia in the
international context also to be explored, suggestions for cross border coordination to be
given) with focus on medical resuce teams. After the creation of “theoretical knowledge” a
number of real trainings all over Slovenia on disaster management in a Slovene SEVESO II
establishment will be organised for medical rescue teams.
Expected results:
- training in SEVESO II establishment carried out,
- role of Slovenia in the international context explored,
- suggestions for cross border coordination given.

Activity 3.2   Safety and Health at Work with Chemicals: In the field of safety and health at
work with chemicals the preparation of additional chemical agents directive related guidelines
is planned within the forthcoming project CS III (e.g. guidelines on biological monitoring).
The guidelines shall be prepared by Slovene institutes or individual experts with support of
MS STEs. The STEs will give advice and feedback on the interim findings. Presentation and
training on developed guidelines will be organized at the end.
Expected results:
- Additional Slovene guidelines for safety and health at work developed.

Activity 3.3a Integrated Monitoring of Chemicals Pollution – Linkage of Water Databases:
Four different water databases currently exist in Slovenia, on groundwater, surface water,
drinking water and on agglomerates hydraulic pressures/water management. As they are
located in different bodies (groundwater and surface water database in the agency for
environment, drinking water database at the institute of public health, the agglomerates
hydraulic pressure/water management database in the ministry of environment) it is the
purpose of this activity to practically link these four databases so that data on water are in
future compatible and the information flow is therefore improved. This activity is linked to
the recommendations of the preceding Transition Facility project “Feasibility Study of
Equipment in the Area of Chemical Safety”. The Slovene co-financing budget might be used
to hire the IT and other expert(s) who will practically link the data bases.
Expected results:
- Water databases linked.

Activity 3.3b Integrated Monitoring of Chemicals Pollution – Guidelines: Trough this activity
guidelines and SOPs for users of water databases shall be developed in a way that it is made
clear how to deal with different kinds of data. Through missions it shall be evaluated how this
guidance could look like, in cooperation with hired Slovene external experts the development
of guidelines and SOPs will be realised. At the end these documents will be presented to users
- as the harmonization of data and data exchange still have to be improved trainings shall be
performed. Main content will be improvement of compatibility of parameters, sample points,
data exchange and harmonization of format of data. This activity will have a close linkage to
the currently in Slovenia performed Feasibility study on equipment in the area of chemical
Expected results:
- support in development of a guidance for users of water databases given,
- trainings on harmonization of data and data exchange performed.


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