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About BAMA

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.

Details announced for the BAMA Forum 2015

BAMA (the British Aerosol Manufacturers’ Association), is to hold its annual Forum on 15-16 October 2015. The event will again take place at The Belfry Hotel in Sutton Coldfield. The results of the BAMA Awards will also be announced at a gala dinner to be held on 15th October. Both the event and the Awards are open to all BAMA members.

Now in their seventh year, the BAMA Awards recognise and promote the high standards in the UK aerosol industry and are a valuable way of promoting businesses and so all BAMA members who have launched new products or other innovations are encouraged to enrol entries.
Dominic HollandThis year, entertainment will be provided by Dominic Holland (pictured) who has been invited as the guest comedian at this year’s dinner. One of the country’s most highly regarded comedians, Dominic has enjoyed success as both a stand-up comedian and a writer and is often seen as a panellist on shows including Five's The Wright Stuff, Have I Got News For You and Never Mind the Buzzcocks. Dominic has written for the late Bob Monkhouse, Harry Enfield, Lenny Henry and Clive Anderson, as well as being the author of three novels including the critically acclaimed Only In America.
There will be rewards for BAMA members who enter the Awards and prizes worth a total of £3000 for the companies which are picked as winners or runners-up in two of the Awards’ categories.

Companies engaged in any aspect of the aerosol industry but which are not already members of BAMA, may enter the Awards and attend the Forum and gala dinner as long as they have applied for membership and have their application accepted before 7th September, which is the closing date for Awards entries. Entry forms will be available on the BAMA website shortly.

The Members' rate to attend the two-day event is £199 + VAT which includes lunch, the seminars, the Awards Dinner plus accommodation for one night and breakfast. Non-members may not attend the seminars although BAMA welcomes members to invite guests to the Awards Dinner.

If you are not yet a member and believe your company is eligible for membership contact: amyfalvey@bama.co.uk.

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The Appliance of Science

Nick Swift is from The Association of Science Education which runs the website SchoolScience.co.uk. He has been working with BAMA for many years to promote aerosol Science and Technology to schools. Nick is this month’s guest blogger.

Nick SwiftIf you work in the education business you are constantly bombarded by messages from industry, universities and government about the shortage of scientists, engineers and mathematicians. Dozens of websites and schemes are set up to try to solve the problem. None of them do any harm and many are excellent, but all too often they are schemes that will run for a while and then fade away.

The fact is that teachers need to be informed about how science is applied in the real world. I run the website www.schoolscience.co.uk and Twitter account @schoolscience that does just this. We channel scientific news to schools and create original learning resources. Much of science can be dry theory. Our aim is to show how the theory is applied.

When I was asked by BAMA to create teaching resources about aerosols, I jumped at the chance to show how that ubiquitous little can explains a lot of basic science. The index page is here http://www.schoolscience.co.uk/aerosolsindex
To gather the information required took many discusssions with the experts at BAMA and several visits to aerosol companies where I managed to grasp most of the technology. I learned that aerosols look simple and they are simple. The hard part is making billions of them cheaply. Getting into those companies was arranged by BAMA and was crucial to the project. No matter how much internet research you do, there is no substitute for seeing the processes and talking to employees. Some of those employees are featured in the resource.

The resource has to match the science curriculum, so the main issues are vapour pressure, ideal gas pressure, the pressure law, Boyle’s Law and resistance welding. There is a simple treatment of droplet size. Wherever possible, clear pictures and videos have been used. There are question pages and help with pressure units.

The web pages are created in a way that makes the resource editable, so if you have better pictures, more process detail, or any ideas for improving the resource, please get in touch with BAMA and we can look at editing the resource to include them. Comments on the resource are welcome too.

And finally… a story.
Once upon a time I was in Leeds city centre when a new construction project was creating pile foundations. The biggest pile drill I have ever seen was just starting up. Two teenage girls walked past the site entrance. One was awestruck at this massive machine and tried to get her friend to look. Her friend was impatient to get on and never gave the machine a glance. I watched them walk on and wondered if the awestruck girl would study civil engineering, get a £45k starting salary and travel the world.

We can never interest everyone in science and engineering, but giving them access to information at least gives everyone a chance.

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BAMA Guides Members through ‘Red Tape’

BAMA has issued a reminder to members that keeping a close eye on the emerging new rules is crucial to enable companies in the aerosol and retail sectors to stay ahead.

New official ‘red tape’ could make life very difficult for some varieties of aerosols. BAMA believes that what it describes as ‘creeping red tape’ flies in the face of the Government’s ‘Red Tape Challenge’ which seeks to simplify regulations to make trading conditions safe but easier to follow and manage.

Four key regulatory changes affecting aerosols include: the Aerosol Dispensers Directive (ADD), CLP, F-gas II, and COMAH. There is also new guidance on the classification of the waste from the packaging of hazardous goods.

BAMA wants even more companies in the industry to join the Association in order to avoid falling foul of complicated regulatory changes. We’re also encouraging more retailers to stay in touch through BAMA’s Retailer Liaison Group – a service provided free to retailers to give advice on good practice in handling, storing and displaying aerosol products.

Dr Paul Jackson, Technical Director of BAMA, warns us that 2015 will be a year of change and, to some extent, confusion. The Association is not only busy lobbying on behalf of its members, but offering help and advice to them as the changes are introduced. For membership details, visit our website at www.bama.co.uk or telephone 0207 828 5111.

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Staying ‘on course’ this February

BAMA is ‘on course’ to improve training in the industry. Only a month into 2015, we are holding three events to help improve knowledge in the industry. One of BAMA’s key strengths, many members say, is its attention to safety and training. Because our members and potential members are all over the UK, one of the initiatives that we’ve been pursuing is a programme of regional workshops.

In February there are two new courses launching. One is on testing and classification for the Aerosol Dispensers Directive (ADD) and the other on the labelling of aerosols.
Testing and Classification of Aerosols for the ADD – 24th February 2015 is a one day course to train regulatory specialists in how to deal with the classification and safety assessments based on the Aerosol Dispensers Directive.

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The Labelling of Aerosols – 25th February 2015 will train regulatory specialists in how to label aerosols, looking at the evidence to conclude what is good and bad labelling. The one-day workshop will include process exercises.

If you are responsible for the classification and labelling of aerosols or for advising customers it’s a good idea to attend. Both these courses will be held at BAMA's headquarters in Stevenage and open to members and non-members.

For costs and to book for the events mentioned here, visit our courses page. Please note the Regional Seminar which was due to take place on the 12th February has been cancelled.

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Practical Toolkit introduced to help BAMA Members Plan for the Future

Forum for the FutureWe have just completed a major study undertaken in conjunction with Forum for the Future.

This was a follow up to a similar exercise undertaken in 2001. The Future of Aerosols 2, which has just been completed, has resulted in a practical ‘toolkit’ for sustainability to be used by our member companies in further developing their own future plans and predictions.

The process has involved http://cialisvsviagracomparison.com/ interviews and workshops with around 100 people from within the aerosol industry as well as from allied organisations and individuals.

Industry experts were asked to look back over the past decade or more and also to consider the coming 20-25 years, reviewing social trends, technological changes, economic trends and political factors. The process also asked participants to review both threats and opportunities in the coming years and to consider innovations and predictions.

Sessions have been held to introduce training skills to those who will be facilitating company workshops within their own business.

The 'toolkit' includes worksheets and topic prompts, covering factors that have been identified through the process. Member companies are invited to use these materials to help shape their businesses in to the future and BAMA will help to facilitate workshops, in house, at member offices.

Zoe Le Grand, Senior Sustainability Advisor of Forum for the Future, who led the training workshops said: “The aerosol industry has had to innovate its products in the face of environmental pressures in the past. The Future of Aerosols 2 project helped the BAMA membership to look broadly at a range of social, environmental and economic trends which could affect the industry in the long term and proactively identify responses to them.”

We welcome this kind of future thinking as we believe it offers a huge benefit to our members. It takes us beyond just the day-to-day challenges and helps establish what is truly important and not just what is urgent today, an important part of our role as a Trade Association.

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Apprenticeships…. back in vogue!

Cogent SkillsCogent Skills is the UK’s strategic body for skills in the science industries, led by sector employers. Lesley Coombes, Business Development Manager at Cogent is our guest blogger for July and informs you about the various Apprenticeships available.

We work with employers to develop, design and deploy skills solutions for the science industries. We support organisations engaging in Traineeships, Apprenticeships, industrial placements and graduate training programmes through the development of bespoke company training plans; providing a learning and development solution tailored to the needs of your business.

There are two types of Apprenticeships available – SMART Apprenticeships, which can be Level 2 or Level 3, and Higher Apprenticeships at Level 4 and above.

We are working closely in collaboration with BAMA, and hoping to create a SMART Apprenticeship for the process and manufacturing industries inclusive of additional training relating to the aerosol production by utilising BAMA’s courses. We are also looking to put BAMA through our quality assurance process and to benchmark their work against industry Gold Standards.

SMART Apprenticeships
SMART Apprenticeships put employers in control of the training to ensure that it is in line with the developments of industry, the company and job landing role of the apprentice. Hiring an apprentice can provide your organisation with many benefits:

• Employers have control of designing the standards so that the Apprenticeship responds to the needs of industry and the company.
• New and existing employees are able to learn and develop skills whilst making a positive contribution to the development and output of the company.
• Funding available through the Science Industry Partnership.
• Increased focus on training for the job means that the apprentice must demonstrate their ability through rigorous assessment at the end of their Apprenticeship.

Higher Apprenticeships (HA)
HAs provide employers with an alternative to graduate recruitment and the HA framework contains five pathways; Life Sciences, Chemical Science, Process Development, Packaging Development and Food Science. Hiring a Higher Apprentice can provide organisations with many benefits.

Some of these are:
• Building a diverse workforce with a range of different skills and perspectives;
• Skills are developed that are not only relevant to the science-based industries, but are specific to your business;
• There is the opportunity for science-based companies to receive up to 100% funding when recruiting a Higher Apprentice;
• Filling skills gaps with loyal, motivated members of staff.

If this is an area that you would like more information on and to find out how you can access funding, please contact Amy Falvey by email or on 0207 8285111.

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