26 September has been declared “World Environmental Health Day” by the International Federation of Environmental Health to be celebrated each year.
‘This year’s WEHD theme of ‘Global Food Safety and Sustainability’ aims to support the provision of more safe food, to make use of precious water and nutrient resources, and for communities to increasingly value sustainable food production.’
Let us support the provision of more safe food, to make use of precious water and nutrient resources, and for communities to increasingly value sustainable food production.
Top tips for food safety
- Check ‘use by’ and ‘best before’ dates marked on package labels.
- Take chilled food straight home after purchase, if you can’t, use an insulated bag.
- Beware of poor shop hygiene, for example, overloaded chilled cabinets. The food may not be as cold as it should be.
- Avoid damaged packages.
- Aim to keep the coldest part of your fridge between 0°C and 5°C (32°F and 41°F).
- Keep a fridge thermometer in the coldest part and check the temperature regularly.
- Keep the most perishable foods, like cooked meats, in the coldest part of the fridge.
- Return perishable foods to the fridge or freezer as soon as possible after use.
- Cook food thoroughly to kill harmful bacteria.
- Don’t shorten cooking times given on package labels or in cookery books.
- Thaw frozen meat and poultry thoroughly, or it may not cook completely. It is best to defrost food in the fridge or by microwaving.
- Do not make recipes that include eggs which won’t be cooked, such as mayonnaise. Raw eggs sometimes contain food poisoning bacteria only killed by thorough cooking.
“Congratulations, you are the 104510th signer of the For Women in Science manifesto’’ – these words have set 2018 on a good note for us at Bashumi Instruments and Control Services (BICS SA) because we know we’ve done something right for the young women that admire us.
“Why’’, you ask.
Well, even though the final number of signers will not have a direct impact on our product sales – it still brings us joy to know that our corporate e-signature could make a life changing difference of whether a young woman in a developing country will have an opportunity to enter a scientific career path or not.
The manifesto “For Women in Science” by L’Oreal and UNESCO touches on some of company’s values pertaining to the field of science. For instance, points like, “prioritize women’s access to senior positions and leadership positions in the sciences’’ and “encourage girls to explore scientific career paths’’ are some of BICS SA pillars.
It is important to us for girls to know that there is room for them in every science lab in the world. It is important that our industry celebrates gender equality through allowing young female scientists the opportunity to participate and be trained in leadership roles. It is also very important for every young woman to know about female scientists – in the days of glass ceilings and gender pay inequality, yet they manage to achieve greatly:
Dr. Shirley Jackson is an African American physicist with a Ph.D. and a student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy in New York. Yet some of her greatest accomplishments include making some telecommunications developments, including the touch-tone telephone, the portable fax, caller ID, call waiting and the fiber-optic cable.
Another great female scientist is our nations own, Dr Buyisiwe Sondezi who graduated from the University of Johannesburg in 2014, as a Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental physics of highly correlated matter when she graduated at University of Johannesburg.
She was the first and currently the only African woman with her qualification.
Her thesis was titled, “The physical properties of ferromagnetic CeTX compounds, where T is Copper and Gold and X is Silicon and Germanium”.
Dr Sondezi set grew up in Newcastle, in Kwa-Zulu Natal, which inspires rurally-raised girls to know that they too can reach for the stars if they follow their dreams of wearing lab coats.
These two ladies are a couple of our favourite black female scientists that are captaining industry well into the third decade of the new millennium.
With the pledge https://www.forwomeninscience.com/en/manifesto/73573 that we signed For Women in Science – we’re hoping to see a rise in female inventors and scientists, most especially from Africa.
One of our brand pillars is to “empower the youth’’. Therefore, we have positioned ourselves intentionally in a way that allows us to solely employ young South Africans on a part-time basis.
Their work within our organization may empower them with 1% skills development in a day, which may seem insignificant. However, we believe that by December 2018, our young team would be on almost 365% skills development, which is way better than 100% growth.
With the responsibilities we have given them – we have ensured that they are empowered in the following ways:
- We offer an environment that fosters skills development to five young women and one young man.
- They’re exposed to role models who are succeeding in the STEM fields.
- We promote and facilitate Black Economic Empowerment and Affirmative Action for black youth.
As Bashumi Instruments and Control Services, we are there for young people from underprivileged communities to be exposed to parts of the STEM industries, as employees, because we endeavor to empower the youth with skills and a mindset shift that allows them to innovate and lead positive lives.
Many millennials’ may bluff over the fact that humanity can survive without Android and iOS. Even though science and everyday life should not be separated – we at Bashumi Instruments and Control Services (BICS) still believe that carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, and nitrogen are the only essential elements of life.
Given the energetics above – we have learned, we would rather spend our days mixing hydrogen gas and oxygen gas, adding sufficient heat to provide the activation of energy and realizing we have the potential to make water.
While we could make water – it is more important to debate whether scientists can make enough water to fight a drought or whether it would be sustainable to teach society resident to conserve water…
It is imperative that water management related topics aren’t only discussed across science laboratory tables and within the confined walls of boardrooms because water is not just an aesthetic that we merely bottle and glamourize with lemon slices. Instead, it plays an important role in the bullish and bearish movements of our economy.
Below is a list of three industries we service which cannot function without water:
Regular drinking water – the source for purified water for the Health and Pharmaceutical industry – is a limited resource. The World Health Organization predicts that by 2025, more than 50% of the human population will be living in water-stressed areas. In a PharmTech article about water shortage, Jennifer Markarian says “Pure water is essential for pharmaceutical manufacturing. The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) and other global pharmacopoeias require pharmacy manufacturers to begin with drinking water and purify it further to standards depending on the use, like purified water or water for injection (WFI).’’
The oil and gas industry may use far less water than other industries that we serve. However, an example of how much water petrol refineries use can be found in Lois E. Otts, Jr’s 1955 article “Water Requirements of the Refining Petrol Industry’’ she said: “About 3,500 million gallons of water was withdrawn daily in 1955 for use by petroleum refineries in the United States. This was about 3 percent of the estimated daily withdrawal of industrial water in the United States in 1955.’’
The Food and Beverage Industry is water intensive! The production of products within this field relies upon constant steaming and cooling of water to support production needs, to say the very least. In the publication, “Global Food: Waste Not, Want Not” by Dr. Tim Fox, the Head of Energy and Environment at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, he notes that “approximately 3.8tn cubic Metres of water is used by humans annually with 70% being consumed by the global agriculture sector.
The factors mentioned above merely skim over the importance of water conservation around the world. Yet it is undeniable that water is a major part of the success of every country’s economy, humanity’s existence, and the overall sustainability of the earth’s life cycles.