Surface World December 2018 Surface World Magazine December 2018 - Page 22

www.vapour-degreasing.com BCF: BRITISH COATINGS FEDERATION BCF’s Coatings Care study results reveal major environmental and safety improvements for the coatings industry Following the results of the British Coatings Federation’s (BCF’s) 2017 Indicators of Performance (IoP) study, it was revealed that the coatings industry has made noticeable improvements from 2016, especially in regards to safety and environmental performance. Data from 36 manufacturing sites making paints, coatings and printing inks have been surveyed every year since 1996. 2017 was a milestone year as it represented the lowest ever figure for injuries per 100,000 hours worked. Over a long term trend, the rate has come down from a high of 0.85 in 1996 to a low of 0.16 in 2017. The amount of waste sent to landfill decreased and the proportion of participants reporting zero landfill increased dramatically, from 38% in 2016 to 47% in 2017. Recycling now accounts for 63% of all the waste created by BCF’s members, compared to 17% in 1996. In contrast, waste to landfill has plummeted from 75% at a peak, to 8% today. study, and we will be striving to encourage our members to continue the excellent results, in terms of their outstanding environmental and safety performance.” The British Coatings Federation is the sole Trade Association representing the UK paints, printing inks, powder coatings and wallcoverings sectors in the UK. For further information, visit www.coatings.org.uk or contact Tania Morrill by email tania.morrill@bcf.o.uk Two other metrics going in the right direction are energy used per tonne of production, which was 3.7% lower than in 2016, and organic solvents purchased per tonne of production, which decreased by 5.8%. BCF Chief Executive, Tom Bowtell commented “The BCF are delighted with the results from the 2017 Coatings Care IoP 20 DECEMBER 2018 read online: www.surfaceworld.com