RPMASA to host second International Transport and Environment Conference in March 2011

The Responsible Packaging Management Association of Southern Africa (RPMASA), in partnership with the City of Durban and the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry, will be hosting their second biennial Conference and Exhibition regarding the transport of dangerous goods and the environment from 07 to 09 March 2011 at the International Convention Centre in Durban. The theme of the conference will be “Producer Responsibility for safe transportation of chemicals – a value chain approach to protect people and the environment.” All interested parties are invited to register to attend, to sponsor and/or to exhibit at the event where products, services and technologies focusing on innovative concepts and new materials will be showcased. Training courses of key importance to Industry will follow on the 10th and 11th March.

“Millions of tons of industrial and consumer chemicals are transported around the world daily by road, rail, sea and air and as such transport safety and the protection of people and the environment, together with sustainable use of resources and reduced environmental impacts in the manufacturing and transport sectors are key global challenges today,” says Liz Anderson, President of RPMASA. “The conference creates a forum for participants from all over the world to meet, exchange ideas and update on global trends and international legislation in the transport of dangerous goods and products. This will hopefully result in the forging of new alliances enabling the industry to take great strides towards meeting these challenges head on. There is an exciting programme of international and local experts to inform delegates on new regulations, best business practices and ways of improving business effectiveness,” Anderson continues.

RPMASA welcome delegates from around the World as well as South Africa and the SADC countries to attend the conference. Delegates will represent Industry operations and supply chain, research, service providers, environmental consultants, planners, academics and national and provincial government authorities. The conference will kick off with a City Welcome event. Training courses on key topics run by international and local experts will follow the Conference and Exhibition to raise awareness and build capacity on key issues such as the UN GHS which is the new classification for waste, consumer product packaging and regulations, best practice for packaging re-use and the IMDG for exporters.

Conference speakers will include, amongst others, international experts Irfan Rahim, Head of Cargoes and Marine Safety for the International Maritime Organisation in London; Peter MacKay, Managing Editor of the Hazardous Cargo Bulletin (HCB) from London; Dr Jürgen Bruder, Executive Director of the International Confederation of Plastics Packaging Manufacturers, who he represents on the UN Committee of Experts for Transport of Dangerous Goods; Prof Paula Viapiana, Professor of Chemistry at the University of the Republic of Montivideo in Uruguay and Volker Krampe, Corporate Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser for Beiersdorf AG, a major International cosmetics and personal products manufacturer. They will be covering a number of critical topics that are highly relevant in the current industry and environmental arena.

The RPMASA is a Non-Profit Organisation for all in the value chain of chemical packaging; it is part of an international network of similar organisations and Africa’s only Industry representative to the UN Committee of Experts for Transport of Dangerous Goods and GHS.

To participate in the conference or for more information contact Chantelle or Tracey by email conf@rpmasa.org.za or call 032 942 8256/0 or 032 815 1018 or visit the RPMASA website at www.rpmasa.org.za

Experience World Cup Cricket Action in an all new Virtual Cricket Game

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be out there, on the pitch, focusing hard, squinting into the sun with an excited, supportive crowd all around, cheering madly when you hammer the boundaries?

In the run-up to the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, there is an exciting new game offering from mig33 in which you can take on between 1 to 9 players at a time and have your very own taste of the world’s third largest and most viewed sporting event.

With the release of the new migCricket game, mig33 users will be able to experience cricket action virtually alongside this tenth Cricket World Cup from the first match being played.

In migCricket, the objective is to be the best cricket player for your team by scoring the most runs before getting out.  The game is a chat-based cricket card game in which you draw different cards with different cricket outcomes.  Players join the game by paying with mig33 credits. Some cards add scores while others cause the player to ‘get out’.  If you draw a ‘run’ card, the runs are added to your overall score, but if you draw an ‘out’ card – you could even go out for a duck!  To make the game even more interesting, there is also a 3rd Umpire card which exempts a player from going out the following time they draw an ‘out’ card during the game.  The player who stays in the game longest, and scores the most runs, is declared the winner.

If you’ve always dreamed of hitting sixes or scoring a century, here is your virtual opportunity.  You can have a fantastic strike rate if you play your cards right, and imagine the satisfaction of knowing how it feels to be on a winning wicket.

migCricket facilitates this game for millions of users, whether via a mobile download or web access. Go to m.mig33.com or www.mig33.com; and take your chances at becoming a world class, top order batsman whilst playing a great game in a fun, virtual environment.

mig33 is committed to providing the best communication and social entertainment services for all their users.  The migCricket game adds to the impressive stable of existing games in mig33 – including Fashion Show, migWars, Moonbase and ClubWars,. “mig33 is intent on always developing and evolving games and application options for our users that correspond with current global trends and activities, both in the sporting world and other arena’s”, says Mei Lin Ng, VP Marketing and co-founder of mig33. She continues, “Delivering the best in mobile social entertainment services is our entire focus.  We want our users to eagerly anticipate the release of our next new, fun and stimulating games.

About mig33

mig33 is the world’s largest mobile-first social entertainment service, connecting over 40 million registered members around the world with chat and entertainment everyday, and hosting a fast-growing virtual economy.  Launched in late 2005, mig33 is backed by Silicon Valley venture firms Accel Partners, Redpoint Ventures and DCM, GREE Inc and many others. For more information, visit www.mig33.com

Accepting Your Medical Waste Responsibility…Ethically

The 2nd Biennial Health Care Waste Summit and Expo 2011 will be taking place from 18 – 19 May 2011 at Emperor’s Palace, Gauteng.

Are you a health care provider, general practitioner, surgeon, medical institution, tattoo artist or civilian aware of the legal implications of incorrect disposal of medical waste?
Do you provide medical or related services without a true and clear understanding of the prescribed policies and regulations when it comes to medical waste disposal? If so, you can’t afford to miss the 2nd Biennial Health Care Waste Summit and Expo 2011 to be held at Emperor’s Palace, Johannesburg, Gauteng from 18 – 19 May 2011.

The Institute of Waste Management of South Africa (IWMSA) in association with its Health Care Waste Forum (HCWF) branch, are the proud hosts of this event. Through extensive research undertaken throughout the year, the IWMSA and HCWF have developed the very best Summit programs for senior level decision-makers and the results set the Summit agenda which is headed by the theme, ‘Accepting your Medical Waste Responsibility … Ethically’.

In recent years there has been an alarming amount of press regarding health care risk waste and improper disposal thereof. Previously, civil society had not been given a platform to voice their concerns regarding the hazards of improper health care waste management, and the IWMSA and HCWF are determined to facilitate the voicing of these concerns in a legitimate manner. This Summit seeks to highlight risk awareness, public exposure and the subject of incinerator capacity, as well as to lobby emphatically for responsible and ethical health care waste practices, and to explore the impact of legislation on this sector, such as the New Waste Act.

The unsafe disposal of health care waste poses immense public health risks. Contaminated needles and syringes represent a particular threat as the failure to dispose of them safely may lead to dangerous recycling and repackaging which in turn leads to unsafe, even deadly reuse, especially where waste is dumped into areas without restricted access. Epidemiological studies indicate that a person who experiences one needle stick injury from a needle used on an infected source patient has risks of 30%, 1.8%, and 0.3% respectively of becoming infected with HBV, HCV and HIV.

The Health Care Waste Summit & Expo 2011 intends to promote an advanced and collaborative single vision strategy which ensures adherence to the utmost professional delivery of international standards and ethical practice in modern health care waste management. The event also features an 841m2 exhibition floor where service and solution providers will showcase their products and services.

The IWMSA’s President, Stan Jewaskiewitz, says the Summit will be a “Stimulating, interactive experience with panel discussions, case studies and facilitated open sessions for debate and deliberation.”

Providers of health care and related services, both government and private, are invited to attend and can visit the HCWF website on www.hcwforum.org for online registration forms This includes hospitals, laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, transporters of health care waste, treatment plants, clinic managers and supervisors, and representatives from provincial and national government organisations, to name a few.

Watch the press for more details regarding speakers and topics of discussion.

The IWMSA is a professional, multi-disciplinary organisation with voluntary membership established to promote the science and practice of waste management and is a non-profit organisation. For more information contact the IWMSA at +27 (0)83 448 8233, email: sales@iwmsa.co.za or visit www.iwmsa.co.za