16/12/2012 Sample Processing and Preparation for Analysis of Persistent Organic Pollutants

In collaboration with ben Hayyan Aqaba International laboratories and Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA); PERSGA organized a regional workshop on "Sample Processing and Preparation for Analysis of Persistent Organic Pollutants, with Emphasis on Dioxin and Furan" in Aqaba – Jordan during the period 16 to 19 December 2012. 

The workshop comes within the framework of implementation of the regional strategy to reduce UP-POPs emission in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden coastal area; which emerged from the regional project PERSGA implemented during the period 2009 to 2012 in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) on promoting the use of best available techniques and best environmental practices to reduce UP-POPs in coastal areas of the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.

The training was attended by about 15 specialists from PERSGA member states (Djibouti, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Yemen) and aimed at training qualified technical staff in the region to collect and process samples of different environmental media and prepare them to be sent for analysis in specialized laboratories. 

Importance of this workshop comes from the fact that measurements of dioxins and furans emission will be essential in enforcing legislation identifying  emission levels and ambient environmental concentrations; as well as concentrations in food. With having the necessary analytical instruments available in every country impossible. It is of great importance that specialists would be trained to collect samples and prepare them for dispatch to countries where analytical capabilities are available for analysis.   

The workshop included several theoretical lectures focusing on the definition POPs and their risks to human health and the environment, the collection of samples of various environmental media, the use and handling of different sampling tools, the standard sample containers and their alternatives available at the local market, in addition to quality control measures in the collection sampling and processing. While the practical sessions included field and lab training on the use of different equipment and instruments in sample collection from several environmental media (air, sediment, biota), processing and preparation of the collected samples in order to be sent to the laboratory for analysis, it also included a demonstration on dioxin and furan sample preparation and analysis using the certified international methods.

The Regional Organization for the Conservation of the Environment in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden