Posted on: November 22, 2010 Posted by: Diane Swarts Comments: 0

A Product Stewardship workshop is part of the Federation of African Societies of Chemistry congress on 18 January 2011 in Johannesburg.

The FAS event is co-located with the SA Chemical Institute (SACI) convention, presented at Wits University on 16 to 21 January 2011.

Presentations include ‘African Priorities for implementing a Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management’, by David Kapindula, SAICM regional focal point for Africa; ‘Components of a corporate Product Stewardship Programme’ by Joh Hyman, product stewardship manager at Sasol Solvents, and ‘Specific Product Stewardship Requirements for Hazardous Chemicals’ by Danie Opperman, senior scientist at Sasol Technology.

Several African chemicals and process engineers will attend the congress, convention, and workshop, to share best practice and build capacity.

Product Stewardship is the chemical industry’s key mechanism for managing safety, health and environmental aspects of chemicals ‘from cradle to grave’, and one of the principles of Responsible Care (RC).

The SACI convention is in its 40th year, and the FASC congress is in its third.

The workshop supports World Summit on Sustainable Development goals for 2020 for ‘chemicals used and produced in ways that lead to minimisation of significant adverse affects on human health and environment’.

Workshop themes include RC, design and implementation of product stewardship programs built on a management systems approach, requirements for hazardous chemicals, implementation of the Globally Harmonised System for the Classification of Chemicals, and African priorities for implementation of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM).

Relevant international codes implemented in South Africa and some other African countries, include the Stockholm Convention, Basel Convention, Rotterdam Convention, Chemical Weapons Convention, Montreal Protocol and UN Convention against Illicit Narcotics.

PHOTO; Petrochemical engineers at work in Sasolburg, South Africa.

* 2011 Jan 16 -21 Federation of African Societies of Chemistry (FASC) congress, and SA Chemical Institute (SACI) convention, at Wits University. Including Product Stewardship workshop on January 18. Part of a events by IUPAC and UNESCO for International Year of Chemistry, 2011; James Darkwa, 011 559 2838, or


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