4th Annual Merck Safety Summit features ASSIST

21 06 2012

Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) joined the 4th Annual Merck Safety Summit, held June 1 at the Marriott Hotel in Pasay City, Philippines, along with representatives from private companies, hospitals, academia, governmental agencies and NGOs.

The event summoned more than 500 participants in order to raise awareness towards the importance of safe handling of chemical waste and, in a broader context, of waste management.

It featured several Plenary Sessions led by distinguished experts in this field, such as Dr. Ulrich Billerbeck, Director and Safety Engineer from Merck Germany, who opened the session with a keynote speech on “Waste Management with Safe Handling of Chemicals”.

Other speakers include Dr. Rosalinda Torres, from the Industrial Technology Development Institute, Ms. Valeriana G. Reyes from the World Safety Organization and Mr. Ariel Entico, from Envirocare, who provided insights into their experiences and expertise.
ASSIST Managing Director Sreenivas Narayanan delivered a presentation on ASSIST’s toolkit on Responsible Production (RP) and elaborated on the RP Framework Model, thereby helping disseminate UNEP’s RP Approach to industries, local authorities, technical institutions, trainers and the academe.

The Summit also featured several booths, designed as venues of exchange for key stakeholders and experts in the field of waste management. As one of the organizations granted this honor, ASSIST used the designated space to introduce the attendees into its PRE-SME and RP Toolkits.#


ASSIST joins UNEP Chemical Safety Management Workshop in Kenya

15 11 2011

Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) PGM Director Sathappan Sathappan participated in the African Regional Workshop on Chemical Safety Management conducted by the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) in Nairobi, Kenya last October 21 to 22, 2011.

The workshop seeks to enhance the promotion and adoption of Responsible Production among SMEs in African region through technical sessions, experience sharing, best practices exchange and open discussions.

ASSIST was invited to present and explain the features of Responsible Production toolkit, which it developed for UNEP. Aside from creating the RP toolkit, ASSIST also developed the PRE-SME (Promoting Resource Efficiency for Small and Medium Enterprises in Developing Countries) tool hosted on the UNEP website.

Among the attendees in the workshop were National Cleaner Production Centers and Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) service providers from African region along with UNEP/UNIDO, ICCA , NGOs, Private sector companies like BASF, Dow chemicals company and Evonik Industries.#