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.

Supporting this trend, waste to landfill has plummeted from 75% at a peak, to 8% today.

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 is delighted with the results from the 2017 Coatings Care IoP study and we will be striving to encourage our members to continue the excellent results, in terms of their outstanding environmental and safety performance.”


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