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IMFormation June 2004
***** Sustaining Member Company wins Safety Accolade *****
IMF Sustaining Member company, Schloetter of Pershore has
won a prestigious health and Safety award from the British Safety Council,
one of the world’s leading independent ‘safety in the workplace’
bodies. Following a comprehensive Five Star Health and Safety Management
System audit which awards organisations between one and five stars, depending
on the effectiveness of their health and safety systems, the company received
a 5 star rating. Every aspect of the workplace is examined from control
systems and first aid provision to waste management and hygiene.
Phillipa Mills of Schloetter is quoted “This is an excellent
award to achieve and confirms the investment and commitment to safety
that the Company has made to ensure a safe working environment for its
employees and visitors.
It is claimed that every year organisations waste a staggering ten
per cent of annual profits by neglecting health and safety in the workplace.
In total, British industry loses up to 18 billion euros and 25 million
working days annually though accidents and ill health.
British Safety Council Director General David Ballard says “Schloetter
can take pride in winning this award. Successful businesses manage health
and safety like every other part of the business. Implementing effective
management systems as the onset can help reduce costs, improve profitability
and assure employees that their safety is at the heart of the business.
Bright Decorative Chromium Electroplaters; TAKE NOTE
The December edition of this newsletter made reference to the reclassification
of chromic acid from toxic to very toxic and its electroplating solution.from
harmful to very toxic by the European Union. It is understood that this
has now been confirmed and the UK will now be required to implement this
reclassification, and further, there will be a requirement for many more
chromium plating processors to register under the COMAH regulations.
It is also understood that the HSE has decided to set a date of July/August
2006 for the ‘conversion’ of bright decorative hexavalent
chromium plating facilities to trivalent chromium plating facilities,
where reasonably practical.
The Environment Agency will also be including substitution from hexavalent
to trivalent in IPPC permit conditions and the final sector guidance note
may include positive guidance on this subject.
Publication arrangements for Transactions
Changes in publishing arrangements were made last September but for
a number of reasons have not worked out and have led to substantial delays
in editing and printing. Action has now been taken to catch up with the
schedule by producing two double issues with no loss of pages or material.
A contract has been signed with a new publisher that will commence with
the May 2004 issue of Transactions. It is intended that by September publication
dates will be back on schedule.
The Institute apologies for the lateness of recent issues and wish to
assure members that it expects that they will receive future copies at
the normal regular intervals.
Environment Training Course
Hot off the press from the Education and Training Committee, a tutored
course devoted to environmental training. It is proposed to run the course
over a period of 5 days (not continuous) at Exeter House in the autumn.
Further details/syllabus contact the IMF office.
Health, Safety and Environment
H & S Compliance–‘CON’
Companies should be aware that fraudsters posing as government enforcement
agencies are demanding cash registration payments up to £249 and
threatening fines, imprisonment and redundancies for non-payment. One
calling itself the ‘Health and SafetyEnforcement
Agency’ based in Liverpool is asking for £125.00
for the purchase of a ‘compliance pack’ to comply with accident
recording and health and safety laws. Other fraudster’s titles include
‘Health and Safety Registration Enforcement Division’
and ‘Health and Safety Compliance Agency’.
These companies are not acting for or on behalf of HSE or any other government
body. HSE, Trading Standards and other government bodies are currently
addressing the matter.
Defra – New EU Chemicals Strategy
The Government has launched its consultation paper on the New EU Chemicals
Strategy –REACH. This consultation paper seeks views of both the
European Commission’s Proposal and on an initial Government approach.
Copies of the consultation paper can be downloaded from the Defra Website
Printed copies can be obtained Tel: 020 7238 6354 or byE-mail to: Mark.email@example.com
The consultation closes on 25 June 2004. Responses
marked ‘NECS Consultations should be sent by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Defra issues consultation document on nonylphenol, and its ethoxylates
Transposition of the EC Directive 2003/53/EC will restrict the placing
on the market and use of nonyl-phenol and nonylphenol ethoxylates. They
will be restricted to specific uses which result in discharges, emissions
or losses to the environment.
WEEE Directive enters into force
This directive entered into force on 13 February and the UK in line with
other EU countries has until August 2004 to transpose the legislation
into national law to establish collection and treatment systems.
Vibration White Finger; Changes
One of the most common claims against employers is VWF. The current
recommended action level by HSE is a 8 hour maximum daily exposure of
2.8 m/s 2. This exposure level will be reduced on 6 July to 2.5 m/s 2.
Further, the new figure will be based on a 3 axis measurement known as
‘vector sum’ as opposed to the old single axis measurement.
This could significantly reduce the safe working times of hand held tools.
Further information contact local HSE.
EA to get tough on hazardous waste
EA has issued a warning that they will not tolerate the illegal dumping
of wastes when the new hazardous waste rules comes into force on 16 July,
whereby hazardous wastes cannot be disposed of with other wastes in the
same landfill cell. Further, treatment standards will be specified for
hazardous wastes. This change is designed to strengthen the environmental
protection at landfill sites and hopefully reduce the amount of waste
going to landfill.
A Chesterfield company pleaded guilty to keeping controlled waste, including
special waste, other than in accordance with a waste management license
and further dumping waste on land for which no license was in force. Net
result–fined £4,000 and £3,659 costs to the EA.
A metal processing company was fined £10,000 with £7,753
costs to the EA for knowingly causing waste to be deposited and kept in
contravention of the Environment Protection Act 1990.
For burning controlled waste a recycling company was fined £3,500
and ordered to pay £903 to the EA who brought the prosecution.
A Huddersfield company who admitted to illegally depositing, storing
and treating controlled waste in contravention of the Environment Protection
Act 1990 was fined £3,500 with costs of £1,600 and a director
of the firm fined £300.
For allowing a toxic chemical - namely chlorinated methyl phenol, to
pollute the River Ouse a chemical company was fined £4,000 with
By not registering under the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging
Waste) 1997 for the years 2000, 2001 & 2002 and by the appropriate
date for 2003, a company avoided costs of £6,057 but was fined £8,000
with further costs of £1,044.
Company News and Products
Schloetter Company Ltd
Latest releases from Schloetter include:
SLOTOCHEM AG 10 – a new silver process for PCBs
with the following characteristics:-
- ideal where a solderable surface is needed
- a lead-free alternative to hot air levelling with tin-lead solder
- suitable for use with lead free solders
- typical deposits 1 g/m 2 (approx. 0.1µ) of silver
SLOTANIT OT 60 – an acid zinc designed to run
at 60 0C in barrel applications
- extremely bright and ductile
- receptive to subsequent chromate treatments
- ammonia free
SLOTONIP 2010 – an addition of a carbonate pH
corrector, SLOTONIP 74, giving two methods of pH control, the latter being
an environmentally aware route using carbonate:-
self regulation with SLOTONIP 2010 R which contains ammonia OR
non regulation using SLOTONIP 2010 AF ammonia free replenisher and SLOTONIP
74 carbonate solution
Further details – Paul Griffiths tel: 01386 552331
Röntgenanalytik Messtechnik GmbH have appointed John Godrich as
agent in the UK and Ireland for their range of test machines for X-ray
fluorescence coating thickness measurement and material analysis of plated
metal parts. These NDT machines will simultaneously measure thickness
and analyse the composition of metallic coatings as well as of multi layer
samples. Supplied with PC and software, these easy to use instruments
come ready to use in the electonics, fastener, jewellery and plating industries.
Another instrument in their range is the GoldCheck for quick precise
carat measurement of precious metals and jewellery.
Further details-Tel:01584 873153, Fax: 01584 872424
A full colour brochure, with accompanying interactive CD, of specialist
engineering lubricants, additives and metal cleaning products for process
and production applications is available from D.A.Stuarts. The company
is committed to high-tech chemical solutions for a wide range of manufacturing
requirements formulated to increase productivity and maintenance of quality
to provide customers with a competitive edge.
Contact Guy Smallman for a copy of the brochure and CD – Tel: 01902
877600, Fax: 01902 453764 or E-mail : email@example.com
Shipley and its subsidiary company Rodel together with Lea Ronal and
Morton Electronic Materials are now transacting business under a new name
– Rohm and Hass Electronic Materials.
For customers in the metal finishing, plating on plastics and tinplate
industries it is stated that joining the Rohm and Hass brand brings closer
contact with related divisions such as Automotive Coatings, Powder Coatings
and Ion Exchange Resins, which demonstrates the strength of support within
the group for both decorative and corrosion protection solutions. The
Electronic and Industrial Finishing division of Shipley will also be changing
its name to Packaging and Finishing Technologies.
Two recently introduced products:
Solderon BT-280 – a new low-carbon version of
its high-speed bright pure tin plating systems. A high speed acid based
process formulated for continuous electroplating of wire and connector
Ronovel CM-388 – a new cobalt alloy gold plating process specifically
designed for use in the connector industry. Suitable for barrel and rack
applications, mildly acidic and offers good alloy stability (0.35 –
0.45% cobalt) even in low current density areas.
Further information – www.rohmhass.com
New Safety Guide from BSTSA
Shortly to be released a new Safety Guide/Code of Practice from BSTSA
in conjunction with the Loss Prevention Council (LPC) entitled Electrical
Process Heating Fire Safety in the Metal Finishing Industry.
The contents of the guide includes: heater selection, installation–
both mechanical and electrical, fluid level control, commissioning &
To book your copy tel: 0121 237 1123
Barkston announce its intention to produce its own product range with
the launch of a selection of plastics modular booths. The booths are aimed
at markets involved in chemical decanting, fabrication, fume control,
paint spraying finishing and anodising: to provide users with work-friendly
environments which comply with current health and safety requirments.
Further details from Simone Jones tel: 0113 259 6600 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or direct from Barkston tel: 0113 249 2222
New members and transfers
Students Khan M Birmingham
Yg. Affiliate Fairley G Aberdeen
Affiliate Ford S Birmngham
Groome A Telford
McAllister S Penkridge.
Prakitrittranon S Thailand
Shelton-Smith J Tamworth.
TechIMF Potter S * Gloucester
Smart R.S * Gloucester
Member Milner M.J * Stockport
Murren C Fairley
* Transfer from Affiliate
‘Future Group’ events
Thursday 24 June at Birmingham University
Commencing at 13.45 a seminar consisting of the following
- Lead replacement for the Electronics industry
- Electrophoeretic lacquers
- Sales & marketing within the plating industry
- Specification criteria for new plating equipment
Wednesday 21 July – Jewellery Quarter
Visit to see manufacture and finishing of precious metal products
Further details of the above events from Exeter House
It is with regret that the Irish Branch record the sudden death of Paddy
O’Malley. He was well known to the plating industry in Ireland initially
through MFS and later when employed with Enthone. He will be remembered
for his tirelessness, his tenacity, commitment and loyalty to his customers
and his extensive knowledge and experience. Paddy will be sorely missed
by friends and colleagues in the Irish Branch and by the industry he served
Draft Standard for Public Comment
ISO 12732 Corrosion of metals and alloys.
Method for electrochemical potentiokinetic reactivation measurement using
the double loop method (based on Cihal’s method|)
International Standards being reviewed
ISO 8076:1984 Aerospace process. Anodic treatment
of aluminium alloys. Chromic acid process 40 V DC, undyed coating
ISO 8077:1984 Aerospace process. Anodic treatment
of aluminium alloys. Chromic acid process 20 V DC, undyed coating
ISO 8078:1984 Aerospace process. Anodic treatment
of aluminium alloys. Sulfuric acid process, undyed coating
ISO 8079:1984 Aerospace process. Anodic treatment
of aluminium alloys. Sulfuric acid process, dyed coating
Comments are invited on whether the above four standards should be confirmed
unchanged, reviewed or withdrawn. Comments should be submitted by 15
June by e-mail to: email@example.com
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