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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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BAMA member Crown Aerosols engineers success through its UK Apprentice Scheme

With an increasing number of employers welcoming apprentices as well as Government support for apprentice schemes, there are more opportunities to get inside some of the most exciting and innovative companies in the country.

One of our member companies, CROWN Aerosols UK, has run a successful Apprenticeship Scheme for the past six years. The objective is to attract highly motivated and capable candidates, encourage ‘home-grown’ expertise and retain talented engineering staff.

Tony Birch (left) Danny Lewis (right)

Tony Birch (left) Danny Lewis (right)

The programme is open to new employees as well as existing Crown staff who are trained in-house to expand basic engineering skills as well as enhance the application of those skills in the workplace. To ensure a well-rounded programme, Crown combines the skills and experience of its own staff along with support from local partner colleges.
Crown Apprentices: Danny Lewis (Aged 24) and Tony Birch (aged 48) both took part in the scheme improving their job prospects and benefiting the company.
Danny’s apprenticeship has run for three and a half years and has included day-release to local colleges to complete external Level 1 and 2 and 3 EAL Diploma in Mechanical Engineering exams. During the apprenticeship, Danny has worked with every department to learn the different skills needed at the Sutton plant. He has recently taken on the role of Can Line Engineer where he is responsible for the smooth running and maintenance of the aerosol line.

Tony Birch applied to be a Crown Apprentice after working with the company for sixteen years. It was a major decision for Tony to apply for the apprenticeship in 2010, as he had a young family and it meant that he leaving his full-time, paid production line job and taking a drop in salary in order to complete the four year course with weekly study leave at College.

Tony was such a good student that he completed the four year course in two and a half years and won the ‘Metals Apprentice of the Year Award’ in 2013 from The Worshipful Company of Tinplate Workers alias Wire Workers. His job now entails making sure the production line runs smoothly: from the welding to checking the quality of the cans, right through to the seams; side striping; cured lacquer and high pressure testing. Completing the apprenticeship has paid off financially as it enabled Tony to earn a higher salary than in his former production line role.

In 2010 Crown won the Social Responsibility category for its Apprentice scheme in the BAMA Awards. These Awards highlight success stories in the aerosols industry, and were created to recognise innovation and continuous improvement in the aerosol sector. For more information on the 2015 Awards visit http://www.bama.co.uk/forum.

BAMA is currently working with Cogent Skills, a training provider, offering BAMA members the expertise in setting up a training/apprenticeship scheme to address your skills shortage. Government funding is available and Cogent can help you access it!

If you are a BAMA member and would like more information, contact Amy Falvey.

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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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Waitrose Gives Top Tips

clare photo2The importance of suppliers trying to see things through the retailers’ eyes was one of the key messages that members of BAMA at the 2014 Forum heard when Clare Norman, Waitrose Technical Manager for Household, Baby & Pets, presented her topic – ‘The future of aerosols – a retailer perspective’.

Ms Norman explained that Waitrose customers expect the stores to offer something different, so suppliers need to think of the bigger picture.  One way for suppliers to succeed is by offering something exclusive in the UK – perhaps selling the same concept in Europe but allowing Waitrose to offer that point of difference.

The presentation covered a number of retail topics including the importance of keeping the aerosol offer compelling, to keep up with customer expectations, through differentiation whilst minimising the impact of legislation and environmental perceptions.

She highlighted the ethos behind Waitrose, and went on to discuss challenges faced by the retailer and aerosol manufacturers, including the transportation of aerosols becoming more complex and the requirements of additional legal text on product.

Ms Norman said that new initiatives in aerosols will always be considered if the offer is compelling. “The challenges of increased and complex legislation regarding the transport of aerosols from the EU can be viewed as beneficial to UK manufacturers of aerosols selling in Britain.  This benefit should be maximised when talking to Waitrose as the Company is particularly interested in responsible sourcing, and sourcing from the UK,” she told BAMA members and their guests at the Forum.

The presentation also stressed that retailers were now keen to help act as the customers’ conscience. “The industry should all play their part in promoting to consumers that empty-aerosols are recyclable by looking to carry the message on packs and in-store,” Ms Norman advised.

Clare Norman represents Waitrose on The BAMA Retail Liaison Group which consists of technical representatives from many of the UK’s major retailers including several of the largest grocery, pharmacy and DIY groups. rackspace cloud . color palette .

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