Douglas LeechTechnical Director - Chemical Business Association

Time & Location

Wednesday: 11.20 to 11.40, Stage 1

About this Presentation:

Chemicals have vital uses in society to protect health and save lives but they can also be diverted by those intent on malintent.

To combat these diversions governments around the world have enacted a number of regulatory instruments but there are so many and they can often be so niche that people often miss vital obligations and end up on the wrong side of enforcement.

Recent use of chemicals as weapons have resulted in a new requirements being issued that restrict the sale of various household and commodity chemicals to the general public and additional obligations for businesses.

The Offensive Weapons act is close to being implemented and the Poisons Acts has been amended. The presentation will explore these regimes and the obligations they introduce.

Speaker Bio

Douglas Leech is the Technical Director of the Chemical Business Association based in Crewe.

He joined the association in 2003 following over twenty years in the product formulation sector in management, health & safety, quality and R & D roles. He is a charter chemist, scientist and safety professional and holds a dangerous goods safety advisor (DGSA) qualification since 1999.

In his role in CBA he involved in work within the broad topics of transport, trade controls, chemical handling, security and health and safety. He works in the UK, Europe and internationally in the area of security being a member of DG Home standing committee of experts (SCP) on explosives, in Europe, as an industry expert in the field of misuse of chemicals. He is a member of the UK Chemical Weapons Authority Advisory Committee, a role he has held since 2006 and annually attends the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) associates programme to education national inspectors and industry of the extensive regulations for trade in chemicals.

He has also worked with the World Customs Organisation (WCO) and Interpol to help provide an insight into industry obligations, systems and procedures to government officials and foster cooperation.