Training on water quality monitoring and air transportation of hazardous and infectious substances conducted in Niue

A four-day training on water quality and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) certification was successfully conducted in Niue to enhance national capacity on water quality monitoring and the transportation of infectious substances and related hazardous materials by air under the IATA regulations.

The training delivered by the Pacific Community’s (SPC’s) Public Health Division and funded by the European Union’s Global Climate Change Alliance Scaling Up Pacific Adaptation (GCCA+SUPA) project, took place from 21st – 24th November 2022 and attended by 12 representatives from the Niue Foou Hospital, Department of Environment, and the Ministry of Infrastructure.

The training was commissioned in response to Niue’s request to the GCCA+SUPA project to enhance capacity of the Public Health Unit in the areas of water quality monitoring and transportation of samples for further analysis overseas.

The water quality training consisted of theory and practical elements with the practical elements performed at the Public Health Laboratory. 

The GCCA+SUPA project in 2020 equipped the laboratory with water testing lab equipment and a vehicle for water collection and sampling in the field.

At the end of the IATA training, 4 staff from the Niue Foou Hospital were certified as IATA Shippers of Infectious Substances Category A and Category B and other related hazardous substances by air. The training was an important milestone for Niue as their IATA license to transport infectious and hazardous substances expired in 2011 and have since not been allowed to perform any such transportation.