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The British Aerosol Manufacturers' Association (BAMA) represents the aerosol supply chain, from suppliers of components and ingredients to Fillers and Marketers. The association offers a range of business support and advice services to members and represents the views of the industry to legislators and regulators.

New BAMA Guide on safe warehousing of aerosols

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 BAMA_WarehousePoster Scatter_RGBintroduced. 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.

Advice on retail storage of aerosols is available, free of charge, from BAMA in a separate publication: 'Guide to Retail Storage and Display of Aerosols'. For copies of either of these Guides, email enquiries@bama.co.uk.

For members of the Association the Warehousing Guide is free of charge, for non-members there is a nominal fee of £100.

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Warehousing and transporting aerosols requires guarantees of compliance and safety

Paul Jackson, Technical DirectorSome training can be an optional extra; whilst other types of training deliver health, safety or even the future security of your company’s business.

BAMA is justifiably proud of its work over several decades to raise standards and improve safety in the aerosol industry. Apart from the manufacturing of aerosols, we also attend to safety throughout the supply chain. For companies that handle, store or transport aerosols, we offer training that is an essential ‘must do’ part of their operation.

BAMA offers accurate, sophisticated and up to date information, training at a level that helps with compliance and offers peace of mind. Our one-day training seminars on consigning aerosols for transport and on warehousing are generally regarded to be exemplary of their kind.

Because of our desire to improve safety, we don’t limit our training to Members but make it available to anyone in any company or organisation that might need it. The next round of seminars will take place this month and will be held in Stevenage.

As one delegate put it: “The transport/warehousing courses run by BAMA are a fantastic way of ensuring your business is familiar and up to date with the requirements for storing and transporting aerosols. What makes it even more useful is having access to the experts at BAMA in the room who encourage discussion and bring clarity to the already complicated legislation in place”.

The transport regulations require ‘appropriate training’ for personnel consigning aerosols for transport and these are updated on a two year cycle. This means that people should refresh their training every few years. According to the Department for Transport ‘appropriate training’ for consigning aerosols is provided at the BAMA transport seminar.

Transporting aerosols – 18 May 2016
Aerosols are classed as ‘dangerous goods’ for transport and the transport regulations require that any shipment of aerosol goods, including samples, must be properly declared and adequately packaged by staff that are ‘appropriately trained’ to the current regulations

This course delivers an understanding of how the regulations for the transport of dangerous goods are developed by the UN and applied to the transport modes (i.e. for road, rail, sea and air).

The course is aimed at employees involved in the consignment of aerosols for transport in the UK and internationally and provides them with the appropriate training to fulfil the requirements of ADR (road), RID (rail), and IMDG (sea). It also gives an understanding of what is needed to consign aerosols for transport by air.

A certificate and the latest edition of the BAMA Transport Guide are issued to those who attend.
Non Members Price: £350.00 +VAT
BAMA Members Price: £150.00 +VAT

Warehousing aerosols – 26th May 2016
This one day seminar will provide expert guidance on how to assess and minimise the risks of storing filled aerosols and how to comply with current legislative requirements. The course is designed for anyone involved in storing filled aerosols throughout the supply chain, including third party warehousing and retail regional distribution centres.

A certificate, a set of six warehouse posters and the latest edition of the BAMA Warehousing Guide are issued to those who attend.
Non Members Price: £250.00 +VAT
BAMA Members Price: £125.00 +VAT

Members of the UK Warehousing Association have access to this course at the BAMA Member rate.

For further details on the course click here.

Dr Paul Jackson, Technical Director

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BAMA’s Chief Executive reviews the Aerosol & Dispensing Forum

Patrick Heskins, Chief ExecutiveThe team and I recently attended the Aerosol and Dispensing Forum in Paris and felt a short review may be of interest for those unable to make it this year.

It was a good opportunity to meet several of our member companies who were present there as well as seeing what other companies outside of the UK are up to. The lecture programme provided a good cross section of technical discussions with a less obvious commercial element compared to previous years. The seminars ranged from gasket technology for compressed gasses through bio-sourced materials and on to the latest in testing equipment.
For the can industry, this included seminars on powder coating for mono bloc aluminium cans from PPG, new optical systems for measuring the seams on aerosol cans from Mühlbauer Group, new possibilities for printing steel cans from Colep and the latest developments in leak detection, both during can production and whilst filling, from Wilco.

One of the most interesting developments on cans, for me at least, was hidden away in a far corner of the exhibition halls where Caprosol of Switzerland and Canada http://rxreviewz.com/canadadrugs-com/ was showing prototype samples of laser welded cans which do away with traditional seamed three piece tinplate cans. They claim up to a 30% reduction in material used which, if true, is a significant step forward for steel cans. The cans also look quite different to traditional three piece steel cans: more similar to a straight sided aluminium can. I will be very interested to see how this technology develops.

The last afternoon was dedicated to the latest ‘hot topic’ for the aerosol industry, plastic cans. The main issue for plastic aerosols is size restrictions within the Aerosol Dispenser Directive (ADD) and industry is working with FEA and an external consultant to try and amend the ADD to allow larger plastic aerosols on to the market whilst maintaining the high safety standards of the industry.

The wheels of the regulatory process do not always move at the speed industry would like but I am hopeful that the Plastic Aerosol Independent Review (PAIR) project will allow the aerosol industry to explore and develop this technology and further expand the range of products offered to our consumers.

As we at BAMA gear up to plan the launch of the 2016 BAMA Awards, we now look forward to see what exciting innovations and other developments the UK industry has in wait for us.

Patrick Heskins, Chief Executive, British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association (BAMA)

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The Benefits of Membership

Amy FalveyThe British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association, BAMA, is launching a new pamphlet, ‘BAMA – The Benefits of Membership’ at Making Cosmetics 2016 on 15-16th March at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

The Association is exhibiting at the Show and is for the first time organising one of the seminars, on the afternoon of 15th March, which is free to visitors. The BAMA team will be telling those in the business of manufacturing or marketing cosmetics about the benefits of including the aerosol as part of their packaging range.

As I’ve said in the foreword to the booklet: “BAMA is renowned throughout the world as setting standards of excellence that are the best. That is why, if your company isn’t already a member, you should apply to join”.

The booklet details a number of benefits and services which members have access to, amongst them:
Issues management tackling environmental, health, safety, transport, handling and technical mattersThe Benefits of Membership
Prompt information and support on aerosol matters
Effective EU and UK industry advocacy on legislation and proposed regulations
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
Access to the members-only section on the BAMA website
A comprehensive guide to compliance with the Aerosol Dispensers Directive
Valuable resources to tackle REACH requirements including the BAMA indoor air model
Promotion of your company’s details on the BAMA website
Training seminars at preferential rates
Invitations to member-only events including the BAMA Forum and Awards Dinner
Applications for the annual members-only BAMA Awards
Two concise bi-monthly newsletters – one commercial and one technical
Annual filling statistics by sector
Access to BAMA’s committees

For a copy of the booklet or for more membership information email me at amyfalvey@bama.co.uk, call +44 (0)207 8285111 or visit stand 417 at Making Cosmetics.

Amy Falvey, Communications Manager, British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association (BAMA)

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New Year Message from BAMA’s Chief Executive

Patrick Heskins, Chief ExecutiveA very Happy New Year to one and all. Six months into my position here at BAMA, I thought it appropriate to review my first half year and what we have to look forward to in the coming months.
So what happened in the second half of last year? After a month of job sharing with Dr John Morris, the reins were transferred and I was flying solo (I promise no more mixed metaphors). As I got up to speed with the daily challenges in the office here in Stevenage I soon http://cialisvsviagracomparison.com/ realised that, even after more than 25 years in the aerosol industry, I still had much to learn.

With the much appreciated help of Paul Jackson, our Technical Director, and Amy Falvey, Communications Manager, I managed to survive my first round of committee meetings, the AGM, and my first Forum as Chief Exec, which I thoroughly enjoyed. For 2016, we hope to top last year’s event with a healthy mix of interesting and topical presentations, some interactive sessions and changes to the BAMA Awards, with new categories for member companies to enter.

2016 will see much activity on the European front. The Aerosol Dispensers Directive starts the process of being reviewed by the European Commission and, working with our members, with our sister associations across Europe and with FEA, we plan to ensure that the needs of BAMA member companies are considered and communicated. Working with the membership, BAMA has completed the first stage of the Future of Aerosols 2 study. Now the hard work begins as we assess the output and the committees decide how to best approach some challenging themes.

As well as the work the committees will do, we also hope to use the toolkit created by the study to help members prioritise their own sustainability plans. Environmental sustainability continues to be a core part of our strategy, building on the industry’s track record in recycling and reuse of materials. Safety and standards which BAMA has promoted continue to be amongst the best in the world and our reputation is justly excellent in that regard. All that we do in 2016 will continue to build on these core strengths.
The toolkit will help members to review their businesses not just from an environmental perspective but other areas which may affect member companies including training, skills and communication.

I will be visiting a number of members during 2016 to discuss what BAMA does and how best we can help, especially with regard to technical input and training. Here’s looking forward to a healthy and prosperous 2016.

Patrick Heskins

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What was the Judging Panel for the BAMA Awards looking for in the award entries?

September saw the arrival of the judging panel for the BAMA Awards met at BAMA head offices in Stevenage, to review the BAMA Awards entries and nominate the winners and runners-up. Now in their eighth year, the BAMA Awards recognise and promote the high standards in the UK aerosol industry and are much sought after – providing a valuable way of promoting businesses.

This year’s panel was drawn from the worlds of retailing, politics and environmental policy. The judges were: Paul Broadhead, Technical Manager from Morrison’s, Stephen McPartland MP for Stevenage and Zoe Le Grand, Principal Sustainability Advisor from Forum for the Future.

They were tasked with reviewing the entrants into the four categories:
• New Aerosol of the Year
• Process Safety and Training
• Sustainability
• Aerosol Packaging.

It was interesting to find out what the judges were looking for as their very different backgrounds and experience meant they each had different aspects which interested them

Paul BroadheadPaul Broadhead, Technical Manager from Morrison’s, said:

“I try to put myself in the shoes of our customers. What benefits does the entry give to the end user, a great idea, a practical use, what does it do that is better to what’s already out there?”

stephenmcpartland_imgStephen McPartland MP for Stevenage commented:

“I was looking for innovation which would give access to new markets so the aerosol industry can grow.”

Zoe Le GrandMeantime, Zoe Le Grand, Principal Sustainability Advisor from Forum for the Future told BAMA:

“I was particularly interested in seeing innovation to meet a human need. Something that illustrates radical innovation in function and materials that leads to chemical reductions, lower CO2, for industry improvement and potential for scale.”

We thank the panel for their time and input – there certainly seemed to be much debate. The results of the Awards will be announced at the BAMA Awards on the 19th October.

We thank all Members who entered. As always, the standard of entries was very high.

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MetalMatters: An industry partnership that keeps delivering recycling success

Glasgow LaunchThis month Rick Hindley, Executive Director of the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro), tells us about the success of the MetalMatters programme which promotes kerbside recycling to local authorities and consumers. Alupro is project managing the programme on behalf of funding partners.

MetalMatters is the metal packaging industry’s flagship programme to encourage householders to recycle more, and it’s getting results. Campaigns have now been delivered in 50 local authority areas, directly targeting over 3 million households. Each has proved extremely cost-effective, recovering costs and generating much-needed revenue for partner councils.

The programme was developed following research which showed that whilst most councils collected metal packaging within their recycling schemes the capture rate for metals was low, averaging 40%. Audience research revealed that people wanted more information about what to recycle, and reassurance that there was a value in what they were doing. With metals that’s an easy argument to make thanks to the endless recyclability of aluminium and steel, and the associated Viagra pillshttp://hotcanadianpharmacy.com/drugs/Viagra+Generic/ Viagra pillshttp://hotcanadianpharmacy.com/drugs/Viagra+Generic/ benefits to the environment in reduced energy and emissions. The campaign was created focusing on the ‘transformation’ that metal packaging can undergo when recycled and the endless variety of products that can be made.

Five years on from the original pilot programme local authorities can call on a wide range of marketing resources to help create a communications campaign which they can be confident is proven to get results. A MetalMatters campaign consists of two leaflet drops, typically six weeks apart, which explain and then remind residents about their local metal recycling service. Other campaign materials can be added into the marketing mix depending on the budget available.

The results have been impressive as can be seen in our “MetalMatters overview” which summarises the results of campaigns that have run in authorities across the UK between 2012-2015.
Key statistics from the report reveal MetalMatters:

• costs on average 27 pence per household
• increases recycling of metal packaging by around 18%
• delivers return on investment within a year, and sometimes as quickly as 4 months

MetalMatters is not just helping local authorities meet the challenge of reminding householders about the ‘what, how and why’ of recycling in the face of ever-decreasing budgets; it is generating valuable profile for its funding partners, delivering extended producer responsibility and an excellent example of corporate social responsibility.

Since 2012 over £1 million has been voluntarily invested by funding partners, more often than not this funding commitment is above and beyond their obligations under the Producer Responsibility (Packaging) Regulations. The campaign has also attracted funding from sectors not included in the Packaging Recovery Note (PRN) system because they see the value of working with the wider industry to promote the recyclability of metal packaging under a single, focused campaign. We are very grateful to the British Aerosol Manufacturers' Association (BAMA) for its ongoing support for MetalMatters and the active contribution of the team at BAMA into our campaigns is greatly appreciated by the Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro) team.

Of course there is still scope to widen the funding base further and we’d encourage any brand or packaging producer to consider investing in MetalMatters.

About Alupro (www.alupro.org.uk)
The Aluminium Packaging Recycling Organisation (Alupro) represents the leading aluminium packaging producers, reprocessors, converters, fillers and brand owners in the UK on issues relating to the recycling of aluminium packaging.
Tel: 01527 597757

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Jonathon Porritt, leading environmentalist and campaigner, praises the aerosol sector

Fourteen years ago, sustainability and aerosols would have been unlikely to have been seen by most people as a natural partnership. Today, Jonathon Porritt, the campaigning British environmentalist, perhaps best known for his championing of Green issues, his advocacy of the Green Party and Founder Director of Forum for the Future, has written the Foreword to our latest publication ‘Aerosols in Figures’.

Jonathon Porritt

Jonathon Porritt

Jonathon Porritt writes: “…aerosols have a number of sustainability benefits: they are generally made of high quality, recyclable metal; they avoid any excessive use of preservatives, as they keep products clean and hygienic; they avoid waste and spills; and the latest developments in compression and reduced pack sizes are laudable.

“In addition, BAMA has played a very positive role in promoting recycling, both at the kerbside and at council recycling centres”.

He also recognises the valuable contribution our industry plays in the economy. “It’s worth reminding people that the aerosol industry in the UK is also a manufacturing ativan online https://canadianpharmacyonline.org/product/ativan/ success story, with significant exports which continue to make a strong contribution to the UK economy. None of which provides any excuse for complacency!”, he adds.

The green credentials of the sector have been continuously improving over time. Fourteen years ago, just over a quarter of Local Authorities were recycling household rubbish (27%) with fewer than 7% including aerosols in their recycling schemes.

We are proud that, today, over 96% of Local Authorities recycle aerosols; and many have got behind our campaigns to encourage more consumers to include empty aerosols in household recycling efforts.

The figures speak for themselves;

• Local Council Empty-Aerosol Recycling
In 2001 – just 7% included empty aerosols
By 2006 – 75% included empty aerosols.
By 2012 – 87% included empty aerosols.
By 2015 – over 96% include empty aerosols in their recycling schemes

If you would like to view the ‘Aerosols in Figures’ booklet in full it is free and available to download, or to request a printed copy, email BAMA's Administrator Liane Heskins.

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A survey for BAMA finds that the aerosol format appeals to 9 out 10 consumers.

woman - recyclingWe were delighted to see that the vast majority of consumers – 92% – say they buy or use aerosols which we discovered via the results of a recent on-line omnibus survey undertaken for BAMA by research consultancy, Populus.

We found that 9 out of 10 people who buy or use aerosols have particular reasons for doing so and really understand some of the key and unique benefits.
92% agreed aerosols were easy to use;
86% said they are easy to direct just where you want the product to go;
80% thought they were airtight, clean and hygienic;
79% thought they were efficient;
78% agreed they make no mess or spills; and
75% liked the fact that they are sealed so cannot be contaminated.

People were pretty good at recycling too. Of those who buy or use aerosols, when asked what they do with empty containers, 68% recycle at the kerbside with household recycling; and 9% take their empty aerosols to a can bank.

When asked what kind of aerosols people recycle, deodorants / antiperspirants come out top, not surprisingly as this is one of the most popular categories in the market, with 85% of recyclers citing these products. Air fresheners are also sustainably handled after use by households that recycle, with 72% in this sector saying they include empty aerosol air fresheners in their household recycling.

We were interested to see the differences in recycling empty aerosols across the UK. Of those who buy or use aerosols, the top cities for recycling were: Hull (78%), Cardiff (73%), Manchester (71%); and Birmingham (69%).

If you have any questions relating to the recent survey, contact Communications & Office Manager – Amy Falvey.

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What do bikes and aerosols have in common?

The Brompton Bicycle company’s spokesman was interviewed on Radio 4’s Today Programme recently bemoaning the lack of talent emerging from the UK’s schools and colleges. There is an engineering skills shortage.

Bama1-071b_AdjustedAnd so it is in the aerosol industry. We reported in our May blog on what one member company is doing to tackle the shortage. Introducing an actively managed and highly effective apprentice scheme is something that many companies across the aerosol manufacturing stream are doing.

It’s that time of year when young people en masse are considering their future careers. As A level results are announced and GCSEs are anticipated eagerly, now is a timely moment for manufacturers in the aerosol and other chemical or technical industries to open their doors – and youngsters’ eyes – to the possibilities offered by a career in industry.

For those young people with a long summer holiday ahead of them who may for a variety of reasons not to go to university or further education, an apprentice scheme could be just the answer.

At the SCS (Society of Cosmetic Scientists) Scrub Up on Science competition finals at the Science Museum the other day, a member of the BAMA team met some 13 year old finalists who were passionate scientists, dedicated to pursuing their goals later in life and thrilled to have made some personal care products by using their impressive scientific knowledge.

Not all young people are as focused. Schools no doubt do their best but, as one school teacher said, ‘Science has a poor reputation in many schools. It’s just not seen as ‘cool’”.

So industry needs to do what perhaps schools cannot achieve and reach out to young people to show them that there is a variety of careers – at all levels in a manufacturing company – which they might consider. So whether it’s testing equipment or valves; can-making or filling; design or marketing… July and August could be a good time to promote the career opportunities within our wonderful sector.

As the latest filling figures showed, up again for the 4th successive year, the aerosol sector is vibrant and thriving and needs new applicants to keep it so.

If your company is looking to set up an apprenticeship scheme, please contact Amy Falvey for information on how BAMA can assist you.

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