Benefits Of BAMA Membership
BAMA welcomes members directly involved in every aspect of the aerosol industry including manufacturers of raw materials, machinery and packaging for the aerosol industry, as well as fillers, distributors and marketers of both industrial and consumer aerosol products. Our members range from large multi nationals to one person businesses.
Aerosols are almost always a special case in terms of legislation and the management of environment, health and safety issues. They require very specific expertise and in-depth knowledge of the technology, the industry and the issues themselves which is not available within any other trade association.
For many businesses, aerosols represent a major part of their profitability, which is at the same time the most vulnerable to adverse legislation or public opinion. BAMA's job is to manage that environment on behalf of its members.
Membership of BAMA is frequently seen by regulators, enforcement agencies and customers as an indicator of a company which takes its business and responsibilities seriously. Members also report that working with the Trade Association is an invaluable tool for staff development, developing advocacy, analytical, networking and influencing skills.
Membership of BAMA also provides opportunities for companies to influence decision making in the EU.
The small secretariat team aims to maintain a constant dialogue with our members and we are always delighted to visit member companies to discuss current issues.
What BAMA Can Do For You
As a BAMA member you will have access to professional services and benefits to help you maximise your aerosol business. These include:
- proactive management of issues affecting the industry such as environment and health, safety, transport and technical issues and early warning of their potential impact
- ready access by phone or email to a small team of dedicated, well informed staff, who provide prompt information and support on aerosol matters
- effective representation of the industry's perspective on legislation before it is published, through BAMA's close links with government departments, European MPs and (together with the European Aerosol Federation) the European Commission and the UN
- 24 hour emergency and PR support to handle an industry wide crisis
- free BAMA publications, test methods and expert guides to the latest legislation and good manufacturing practices, including a free copy of the regularly updated BAMA Standard for Consumer Safety and Good Manufacturing Practice, the industry's step by step guide to safety and legislative requirements right through the life cycle of an aerosol
- access to the members-only section on the BAMA website, frequently updated with useful information and links to other relevant sites world wide
- Valuable resources to help prepare for REACH- BAMA indoor air model; detailed guidance and advice; toxicological reviews of substances commonly used in aerosols
- free advertising of your company's details on the BAMA website and in the Annual Report, to reach new customers
- training seminars at preferential rates on aerosol-specific topics and access to members only seminars
- a concise quarterly newsletter keeping you up to date
- annual statistics on UK and European industry fillings by sector
- regular seminars allowing you to network with industry experts and colleagues and to learn from speakers on a wide variety of issues relevant to all sectors
- access to experts on the transport of dangerous goods
How BAMA Works
We know that our members often have little time or staff to devote to Trade Association activities and we keep the number of committees and meetings as low as we can, if possible setting up ad hoc groups with a finite life to deal with a particular issue and using electronic communication wherever possible.
Together with its role of representing the industry on legislation, BAMA has earned a strong reputation for its proactive approach to issues management and communications, and runs many projects to protect and enhance the industry's reputation. Our main focus is on sustainable development, encompassing: safety, through the BAMA Standard for Consumer Safety and Good Manufacturing Practice; transport issues; environmental issues, including climate change, recycling, air quality, health effects of aerosol consumer products; future aerosol technology; promoting aerosol innovations; science educational materials aligned to the National Curriculum; enhancing the reputation of the aerosol with decision makers and the public.
What People Say About BAMA:
"One of the more forward-thinking organisations. BAMA should be congratulated on their approach."
Government Representatives and Scientists:
"Always very responsive, professional and obliging."
"They represent their members and their interests in a constructive way. They are honest and frank. They work with people rather than against them."
"- Very professional - follow legislation closely - They advise everybody on future trends."
"Helpful. They do their best for us whenever we want anything."
"It's a good means of influencing Government and others with an interest in the industry."
"Good people. Strong leadership."
"Very quick with information and good at updating members."
"They are good at sorting out issues."
"BAMA is an active organisation. Companies share their time freely and the best ideas are put forward."
"Positive, and react quickly to events."
"Excellent PR working with consumers and educating them."
"They are pro-active and their literature and publicity is good."
"The people are very contactable."
"Good voice legislatively."
"I never really understood the true value of belonging to a trade association, but my goodness I do now" (following media crisis).