Now in our eighth year, the BAMA Awards always provides a fantastic opportunity to showcase some of the latest innovations within the aerosol industry and highlight many of the UK’s success stories. The Awards Gala Dinner also provides an excellent opportunity for networking within the industry.
This year we have introduced some new categories following feedback from last year’s judging process.
The new categories include:
• New Aerosol of the Year
• Process Safety and Training
• Aerosol Packaging.
There will also be a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ nominated by the BAMA Executive Committee.
The Awards will be presented on the evening of 19th October 2016 at The Belfry Hotelin Sutton Coldfield. Members and their guests will be entertained by the acclaimed comedian, former policeman and raconteur, Alfie Moore, a popular after-dinner speaker.
Companies engaged in any aspect of the aerosol industry but which are not already members of BAMA, may enter the Awards and apply to attend the Forum and Gala Dinner as long as they have applied for membership and have had their application accepted before 7th September 2016 – which is the closing date for entries. The entry form is now available to download from the BAMA website and is open to all BAMA members at: www.bama.co.uk/forum.
Patrick Heskins, Chief Executive of BAMA, says: “The UK aerosol industry continues to go from strength to strength. The BAMA Awards helps to recognise the hard work and endeavour of the industry in important areas such as Innovation and Sustainability. I look forward to seeing another set of high quality submissions from members.”
In our last blog we talked of the importance of the training which BAMA provides regarding the handling of aerosols.
Training is vital of course. However, having regard to the rules for warehousing and logistics is something that everyone engaged in handling and storage needs to be aware of. This is where BAMA’s thorough guide ‘The Warehousing of Aerosols: A BAMA Guide to Safe Storage’ comes in. Importantly, you should be aware that the 5th edition of this invaluable publication is now available to download from the BAMA site. Members must log in to obtain a FREE copy.
It covers the general requirements for safe storage; regulations; safety issues; control of hazards; and the safe disposal of aerosols.
Dr Paul Jackson, BAMA’s Technical Director, said: “Storage of filled aerosols requires careful consideration because of the risks associated with flammable propellants and liquids in order to avoid warehouse fires. The storage of filled aerosols has been the subject of much study by BAMA. The purpose of our guide is to help maximise safety levels in aerosol warehouses, whether in large or small operations”.
The key changes in this edition of the Guide are amended guidance notes on the COMAH regulations following the changes in 2015 whereby a hazard category – ‘flammable aerosols’ – was introduced. In addition, the Guide contains some new Annexes to highlight the many changes in the regulations, many of which will only affect larger warehouse operators.