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DIY Safe Antifouling Initiative

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BCF presentation at the London boat show 8th January 2017

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DIY Safe Antifouling Initiative

  1. 1. 1 www.coatings.org.uk DIY Safe Antifouling Initiative Launch – London Boat Show January 2017
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  3. 3. 3 British Coatings Federation • The only UK trade association for manufacturers of decorative coatings, printing inks, powder coatings, industrial coatings & wallcoverings • 130 members, representing over 95% of market • 60 associate members • Leatherhead HQ • 11 staff • Widely respected and consulted THE route to the UK coatings, inks & wallcoverings industries
  4. 4. 4 UK coatings industry supply chain Source – UK Office of National Statistics Treatment and coating of metals; machining Building of ships and boats Construction of other civil engineering projects Building completion and finishing Printing and service activities related to printing £4bn £34bn Manufacture of motor vehicles Manufacture of air and spacecraft related machinery £25bn £11bn £9bn £30bn £57bn Construction of residential and non-residential buildings £18bn
  5. 5. 5 300,000 employed in the supply chain Coatings & ink manufacturing 6% Paint & coatings distribution 9% Painters & decorators 43% Vehicle refinish paint sprayers 5% Industrial coatings applicators 9% Wallcoverings 3% Printers 25%
  6. 6. 6 BCF: Role/activities • Regulatory affairs support • Provide business support eg. Statistics service • Training for the industry • Forum for legitimate industry discussions • Promote the industry’s interests • Provide an interface with the public and press
  7. 7. 7 BCF’s Marine Coatings Group
  8. 8. 8 Antifouling Paints… • are hazardous • contain chemicals (biocides, e.g. Copper) which reduce / prevent fouling • fall under the Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) • need to undergo approval procedures in 2017-18 • must be used carefully, with protection (PPE) • are used safely by DIY-ers in the UK (BCF survey)
  9. 9. 9 CLEAN SURFACE CONDITIONING FILM absorbed organics/minerals SLIME/BIOFILM bacteria/microalgae WEED FOULING algae MACROFOULING ‘HARD’ eg barnacles mussels tube-worms ‘SOFT’ eg hydroids sponges anemones 0 1 min 1 hour 1 day 1 week What is fouling? Physical Biological
  10. 10. 10 Antifouling is important > 4000 different fouling organisms known – each with unique biology Some biocides are more potent against some organisms than others Antifouling paints usually need more than one biocide to work effectively
  11. 11. 11 What happens if we don’t antifoul? Potential threat to local ecosystems, including loss of threatened native species Invasive Species Transfer Asian Sea Squirt Where there are ports, there are Yachts. Yachts distribute invasive species along coast lines once introduced by deep sea tankers and liners
  12. 12. 12 What happens if we don’t antifoul? increased hull friction risk for manoeuvrability increased fuel consumption increased Greenhouse GasesAsian Sea Squirt Increased Global Warming
  13. 13. 13 BCF DIY Survey Autumn 2015 • 2432 boat owners took part – astounding!! • 95% apply antifouling paint themselves • 83% paint their boat annually • 97% of DIY painters use gloves • > 90% also wear eye protection and overalls ….strong evidence for safe use For more information see Technical Bulletin #1 at www.safeantifouling.com
  14. 14. 14 BCF DIY Survey Autumn 2015 Agreed actions and recommendations: • Create AF paint best practice guidance & tools • Joint initiative with other trade associations and key organisations to educate AF paint users • Work to share best practice • Leaflets to go with AF paint sales at chandleries • Posters to be put on marina noticeboards • Encourage marina & chandleries to get involved
  15. 15. 15 DIY Safe Antifouling Initiative • Working with British Marine and the RYA • We want you to use our products safely • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is key • Guidance and promoting PPE use • Poster and leaflet • A video is planned
  16. 16. 16 Poster and Tri-fold Leaflet
  17. 17. 17 Guidance Document 16 pages of detailed guidance Do and Don’t points Preparing the boat Protecting skin and eyes Cleaning-up after painting
  18. 18. 18 Do… Choose a safe, secure and appropriate location e.g. boatyard or marina, not a public space Consult literature & labelling information on safe use of antifouling paints before starting the project Follow all rules, procedures and instructions provided by the boatyard / marina Wear the recommended personal protective equipment (PPE), and use barrier creams if preferred Keep the PPE on throughout the whole process until the end of cleaning up Capture debris, scrapings and contaminated items for safe disposal, use a dust sheet or tarpaulin Keep dust to an absolute minimum, use wet abrasion techniques or suitable chemical strippers Thoroughly clean up the whole area after hull preparation has been completed Use suitable (antifouling paint resistant) equipment (paint tray, rollers and brushes) Wash any paint splashes off exposed skin with warm soapy water Dispose of all waste responsibly and in accordance with local marina / boatyard guidance
  19. 19. 19 Don’t… Eat, drink or smoke whilst working on the project Allow bystanders to come close to the area of activity Use dry abrasive paper or dust-creating techniques to remove old antifouling paint Create dry paint dust during the whole process Create paint fumes by using blow lamps or gas torches to strip the paint Remove PPE before the job has been completed Spray apply antifouling paint – this should only be done by professionals Use solvents or thinners to wash paint splashes from skin, use warm soapy water & specialist cleaners Pour waste antifouling paint down the drain
  20. 20. 20 Personal Protective Equipment
  21. 21. 21 Personal Protective Equipment
  22. 22. 22 DIY Safe Antifouling Initiative 2017 Helping DIY-ers to antifoul boats safely www.safeantifouling.com
  23. 23. 23 DIY Safe Antifouling Initiative 2017 Thank you for listening Please contact me at the BCF if you have any questions, or if you would like leaflets or posters Trevor Fielding, Regulatory Affairs Manager, trevor.fielding@bcf.co.uk

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