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Lab Africa 2009 Conference

1st Quarter 2009 News & events

The first conference of its kind, will be in conjunction with the Lab Africa Exhibition being held at the Coca Cola Dome from 2 June to 4 June.

The following papers will be presented:

* Ethics in the laboratory by Willem Landman, CEO of Ethics Institute of South Africa.

Covering: What does good ethics (integrity and responsibility) require of a company or organisation? Like ethics, the King reports on corporate governance set standards for good company behaviour. The question is: how are ethics and corporate governance related?

* Law and laboratory developments in SA by Elsabe Klinck, a principal consultant at Benguela Health.

Covering: The passing of a Medicines Amendment Bill in 2008 has brought all laboratory equipment firmly within the ambit of device/IVD regulation. Future regulations will deal in detail with issues such as registration and licensing.

* The dangers of working in the microbiology laboratory in the 21st Century by Rob Stewart, acting lab manager of the Infection Control Services laboratory of the NHLS and Wits School of Pathology and is current chairman of The Legionella Action Group and chairman of the safety committee of the NHLS labs at the Johannesburg hospital and Wits Medical School.

Covering: Working in the microbiology laboratory is always associated with certain risks. Most organisms pose only a low level of risk, and in a lab where the correct safety measures such as personal protective equipment are used and standard precautions are followed, the danger is limited.

* Finance in the laboratory by Steve Sidney, well known for his association with SANAS and the National Laboratory Association has a great deal of practical knowledge in the financing of small businesses and laboratories.

Covering: Laboratories do not operate in a vacuum, and this presentation will look at some of the key financial aspects that laboratory staff should consider.

* Importance and method of using reference materials in measuring reliability of analytical results and why customers should use them by Stuart Marsland, head of the Reference Material Manufacturing Group at Mintek

Covering: Reference materials, (RM) have always been important for validating controlling analytical methods, recently they have become even more important as quality requirements become more stringent and customer demands for properly verified and controlled results increase. This is especially true as customers are ultimately responsible for making decisions about resource evaluations, efficiencies of metallurgical processes and the state of the environment. This translates into people, environment and money.

* Laboratory design by Chris Fourie, industrial engineer and director at LTS Consulting whose function is project management and consulting.

Covering: Industrial engineers concern themselves with the development, improvement, implementation and evaluation of integrated systems of people, money, knowledge, information, equipment, energy, material, processes and the environment. This approach has been successfully employed in the design and implementation of manufacturing facilities since the 1800’s.

For more information contact Cornelia McCauley on +27 (0)82 388 1111 or [email protected], www.labafricaonline.co.za





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