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DIY Safe Antifouling Initiative

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BCF presentation for british marine marinas conference april 2017

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DIY Safe Antifouling Initiative

  1. 1. 1 www.coatings.org.uk DIY Safe Antifouling Initiative 2017
  2. 2. 2 British Coatings Federation – who are we? • UK trade association for manufacturers of decorative paints, printing inks, industrial & powder coatings & wallcoverings • 130 members, 95% of market + 60 associate members • Widely consulted by government, industry & the general public
  3. 3. 3 What do we do? • Regulatory affairs support • Lobbying at UK and EU level • Provide an interface with the public and press • Presenting the industry’s position • Promoting the industry’s interests • Business support including statistics service • Training for the industry • Forum for legitimate industry discussions
  4. 4. 4 BCF’s Marine Coatings Group
  5. 5. 5 Antifouling Paints… • are hazardous • contain chemicals which reduce / prevent fouling • fall under the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) • need to undergo approval in 2017-19 • must be used carefully, with protection (PPE) • can damage the environment (waste paint, scrapings etc.) • are used safely by DIY-ers in the UK (our survey last year)
  6. 6. 6 What happens if we don’t antifoul? Potential threat to local ecosystems, including loss of threatened native species Invasive Species transfer Asian Sea Squirt Increased Global warming
  7. 7. 7 BCF Survey on DIY Practices in the UK • Autumn 2015, results published ….> • 2432 boat owners took part – astounding! • 95% apply antifouling paint themselves • 97% use gloves • > 90% eye protection & overalls • Strong evidence for safe use Follow-up …..>>> our DIY Safe Antifouling Initiative 2017 www.safeantifouling.com
  8. 8. 8 The Joint Initiative • Poster, leaflet, guidance, video • All freely-available • Printed and e-versions • Getting the messages out there - Use PPE = protect yourself - Protect the environment www.safeantifouling.com
  9. 9. 9 The Tools
  10. 10. 10 Our call for your support Please help us by: - displaying the poster in your facilities - outdoor-resistant A2 poster or indoor laminated A4 poster - providing a safe and secure location for AF painting - providing clear guidance to DIY-ers regarding disposal - have copies of the guidance document available for reference - ensuring that tri-fold leaflets are in chandleries etc. - direct any queries or comments to BCF, and to our website… www.safeantifouling.com
  11. 11. 11 DIY Safe Antifouling Initiative 2017 Thank you for listening Please contact me at the BCF for posters and guidance documents Trevor Fielding, Regulatory Affairs Manager, trevor.fielding@bcf.co.uk

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