Sanad to highlight dangers of lead poisoning from toys

Reem Hegelan, general manager of Sanad (seated right) and UNICOIL President Raeed Alajaji at the signing ceremony in Jubail last week.
Updated 23 October 2016
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Sanad to highlight dangers of lead poisoning from toys

RIYADH: An awareness campaign on the hazards of lead poisoning from children’s toys is to be launched by Sanad, the Children’s Cancer Support Association.
The association signed a cooperation agreement with the Universal Metal Coating Company Limited (UNICOIL) to launch a coordinated awareness campaign warning against the hazards of lead, by circulating specific guidelines and instructions based on studies approved by international organizations.
"As part of its social responsibility efforts, Universal Metal Coating Company Limited (UNICOIL) continues its ongoing social awareness campaigns, which began nearly four years ago to warn the public against the hazards of lead in paints and coated metal products, as well as about lead poisoning, which causes many chronic diseases suffered by children under six years of age,” an official from the organization said Sunday.
The ongoing cooperation between UNICOIL and Sanad stems from their belief in the importance of serving the public through education and awareness against this imminent danger.
Lead is poisonous and can severely harm human health when present in concentrations exceeding safe limits, especially when used in media, which can come into direct or indirect contact with humans through air, water and soil. Examples include children's toys, cosmetic materials, residential paints, galvanized steel sheets used in the fabrication of potable water tanks and pipes, air conditioning, A/C ducting, as well as other uses, all of which can transmit lead poisoning to humans.
Studies conducted by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is part of the World Health Organization (WHO), says that inorganic lead compounds are probably carcinogenic to human.
The main threats to human health from heavy metals are associated with exposure to lead, cadmium, mercury and arsenic. These metals have been extensively studied and their effects on human health have been regularly reviewed by international bodies such as the WHO. Heavy metals have been used by humans for thousands of years. Although several adverse health effects of heavy metals have been known for a long time, exposure to heavy metals continues and is even increasing in some parts of the world, in particular in less developed countries even though emissions have declined in most developed countries over the last 100 years.


MiSK, Qiddiya team up for internship program 

Updated 25 March 2019
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MiSK, Qiddiya team up for internship program 

  • Interns will work on entertainment mega-project
  • Program open to university seniors and new graduates

RIYADH: A new internship program for young Saudis has been launched in the Kingdom, following a partnership between Misk Foundation and the Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC).

The program runs from June 16 to Aug. 31, 2019, and provides an opportunity for university seniors and recent graduates to be part of Qiddiya, an entertainment mega-project located 40 minutes from Riyadh.

Interns will have the chance to work at Qiddiya’s corporate offices alongside professionals from around the world and will be placed across 12 departments.

They will learn and develop skills that are required to succeed in their professional lives.

They will also gain exposure to QIC’s culture and learn from executives with over 20 years of experience across several sectors. 

QIC CEO Mike Reininger said: “We are contributing directly to the Saudi Vision (2030 reform plan) by creating a richer lifestyle for Saudi citizens while spurring innovation in the creative, hospitality and entertainment sectors. This unique opportunity allows students and fresh graduates to experience what it takes to be part of the change in Saudi by giving them the chance to work alongside a group of both local and international seasoned professionals. Thanks to this partnership with MiSK, we will be training the next generation of industry leaders.” 

Application to the program is open for those with fewer than two years of professional experience. Candidates must show strong academic credentials and submit a short video as part of their application.

King Salman led the Qiddiya ground-breaking ceremony in front of a global audience last April.

The project is aimed at helping to stem the $30 billion a year which Saudis currently spend abroad on tourism, and has the backing of the Kingdom’s Public Investment Fund.

It targets local, regional and international tourists and will be Saudi Arabia’s preeminent entertainment, sports and cultural destination.

It is expected to be the world’s largest entertainment city by 2030, with a total area of 334 square kilometers, surpassing Walt Disney World in Florida, which is only 110 sq. km.