CEE Kolkata, in collaboration with Pure Earth and USAID, organised an orientation workshop of two days on Toxic Sites Identification Programme (TSIP) on November 17-18, 2017 at Birla Industrial & Technology Museum, Kolkata. It aimed to identify and screen lead contaminated sites with a potential human health impact.

About 13 participants representing national and international nonprofit organisations, government departments, faculty and students from educational institutions were part of the training as field investigators. A site visit for demonstration was conducted for the participants at Makardah near Ankurhati, Howrah. The site is a cluster of informal lead recyclers, from where soil samples were collected for lab testing. The participants had a hands-on experience during the online data entry exercise that gave insights on database logging, entering information and reviewing entries.

The training is a precursor to a site investigation project to be undertaken by CEE in Southern States.