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