Archive for July, 2018

ISO 22000:2018 just out!

Posted on: July 26th, 2018 by IQS_Admin No Comments

With over two hundred diseases spread through the food chain, it’s clear that safe, sustainable food production is one of our greatest challenges. Globalization of the food trade further complicates food safety and the new edition of ISO 22000 on food safety management systems presents a timely response.

Aimed at all organizations in the food and feed industries, regardless of size or sector, ISO 22000:2018Food safety management systems – Requirements for any organization in the food chain, translates food safety management into a continuously improving process. It takes a precautionary approach to food safety by helping to identify, prevent and reduce foodborne hazards in the food and feed chains.

The new edition brings clarity of understanding for the thousands of companies worldwide that already used the standard. Its latest improvements include:

  • Adoption of the High-Level Structure common to all ISO management system standards, making it easier for organizations to combine ISO 22000 with other management systems (such as ISO 9001 or ISO 14001) at a given time
  • A new approach to risk – as a vital concept in the food business – which distinguishes between risk at the operational level and the business level of the management system
  • Strong links to the Codex Alimentarius, a United Nations food group that develops food safety guidelines for governments

IQS is running transition training, please contact us for further info.

New safety standards for private swimming pools – and a fence is no longer good enough

Posted on: July 25th, 2018 by IQS_Admin No Comments

The SABS is in the final stages of updating rules for private swimming pools, because kids are still drowning.  The latest standard says that a fence around a swimming pool is not enough; every pool should also have a safety net or cover.

Every private swimming pool that can hold more than 30cm of water should be surrounded not only by a kid-proof fence, but should also be fitted with a safety net or a safety cover to prevent children drowning, according to a draft update from SABS.

Such a net or cover cannot be DIY installed but must be fitted by an “accredited responsible party”, according to the standard. The requirements form part of SANS 10134, a SABS standard last updated in 2008. Other changes include a requirement for self-closing gates in fences or walls around swimming pools, and a new obligation on renters or other non-owners to keep completely empty any unsafe pools.

CLEAN UP AND RECYCLE WEEK: 10-15 September 2018.

Posted on: July 9th, 2018 by IQS_Admin No Comments

Pick n Pay has outlined a number of initiatives it plans to implement to reduce the use of plastic in-store that it is not recycled or recyclable.

Food Lovers Market has introduced a new campaign entitled “Withdraw the Straw” which will replace all plastic straws with paper straws in their stores countrywide.

Woolworths have announced that they plan to become the first retailer in South Africa to contribute towards zero packaging waste by introducing 100% recyclable materials and support recycling infrastructure.

The Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has pledged to remove all single-use plastics in India within the next four years.

American Express is currently developing a new credit card made entirely from plastic received from the ocean.

The Travel Corporation has announced plans to phase out all single-use plastics across its tourism and travel companies over the next five years.



Posted on: July 6th, 2018 by IQS_Admin No Comments

Luminophorous powder contains significant concentrations of mercury, which makes it highly hazardous in nature. Mercury can affect most organs in the human body, including the brain, particularly foetuses. Therefore exposure to mercury should be avoided as much as possible. The reason that mercury can so easily affect living organisms is due to three properties:

• highly soluble in water (the mercury from one bulb can pollute 30,000 liters of water)

• volatile (mercury can evaporate into the air and be breathed in by living organisms) and
• Bio-accumulative (once it enters an organism, it is difficult to remove it).
The most common method of removing the mercury from the Luminophorous powder is by a technique called retorting. In this operation, the powder is heated to about 600⁰Cs, and the mercury is evaporated. This mercury vapour is then condensed back to liquid form separate from the powder. The biggest problem with this technique is that the removed mercury remains in a liquid form, in which it is still water-soluble and volatile. Thus, although it is separated from the powder, it is still problematic and a risk to the environment and human lives.

eWaste Africa has a LPX Luminophorous Powder Treatment Plant that uses chemical processes to convert the liquid mercury into a compound called cinnabar. This cinnabar is the form that mercury is found as in nature. The advantage of converting the elemental mercury into cinnabar is that cinnabar is completely insoluble in water, as well as non-volatile. Thus it does not pose a danger to the environment and humans, and can be safely transported for re-use or, if absolutely, necessary, disposed of without danger to the environment.