Forum Review – Dangerous Goods Forum JOHANNESBURG

IDC Technologies recently hosted the Dangerous Goods Forum at the Midrand Conference Centre in Johannesburg. The event attracted delegates from companies such as Sasol, DG Airfreight, the Chemical & Allied Industries Association, Railway Safety Regulator, Aecom, DHL Express and Transnet National Ports Authority.

International keynote speaker Nick Nicolai (DG Airfreight) opened the event with a fantastic half-day workshop addressing Dangerous Goods and the airline industry – why private and government organisations must take responsibility for dangerous goods at their immediate level, ensuring managers and supervisors are adequately trained.  Eddie Crane (EC Logistics) presented and equally exciting workshop on Management and supervisory hazard class, addressing how delegates can assist clients and staff to comply with regulatory training in areas such as the National Road Traffic Act 93 of 1996 and its amendments Regulation – 280, the Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993 and its amendments, Regulations for Hazardous Chemical Substances – Clause 3: Information & Training and Regulations for Hazardous Biological Agents – Clause 4: Information & Training

Day two of the forum opened with a very topical presentation on the Recycling of lithium batteries and the importance correctly recycling these potentially explosive batteries. The rest of the day was made up of presentations from Transnet National Ports Authority, the Chemical & Allied Industries Association, Ten-E Packaging Services, Safika Oosthuizen, Railway Safety Regulator and DHL Express. Special mention goes to Louise Lindeque from the Chemical & Allied Industries Association who presented a paper on Safety data sheet (SDS) for prevention of incidents, which was very well received, and discussed the importance of consulting the SDS to ensure the hazards of dangerous goods are evaluated, and the hazard information is transmitted to affected and exposed employees.

We were privileged to have a great selection of speakers and delegates attend this event which provided an opportunity for attendees to discuss important issues affecting the dangerous goods industry in South Africa. The mix of professional expertise and industry knowledge created an interactive and engaging forum which we plan to run again in the near future. If you would like to be involved in this future event please contact IDC to express your interest.

For more details on the Dangerous Goods Forum, or to purchase a copy of the Conference Manual, please email

Look out for our next conference – the 2nd Africa Radio Comms Conference will be held in Johannesburg on 26th & 27th November 2014. To express your interest in this event email, or download the CALL FOR PAPERS to submit an abstract.

We look forward to seeing you at the next IDC event!

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