Toy safety can be child’s play

2013 was a year to forget for the food and drink processing industries with the actions of a few unscrupulous suppliers tarnishing the reputation of whole sector with the Horsegate affair.

With several of the UK’s biggest brands hitting the national headlines for all the wrong reasons, and some ready-meal manufacturers having to scale down production as consumer demand went into free-fall, it was a stark reminder of how important it is to ensure there are no weaknesses in the supply chain and manufacturing operations regarding health and safety.

It is not difficult to understand why consumers want assurances about safety when it comes to the things we eat and drink, but what about other consumer products? Drug safety is obvious too – like food and drink, we put drugs into our bodies so a safe manufacturing plant and the right formulations are vital here. But what about products that we’re not supposed to consume?

Any parent will know their children go through a phase – often it seems for several years! – during which they want to put everything and anything into their mouths. Much of this we simply can’t control and must simply try to minimise the risks with eyes in ...

1 comment | 3rd April 2014, 16:43:40 | Posted by Anonymous

A Sea Change in Marine Environmental Protection

December 19th 2013 saw the introduction of a new regulation in the US designed to protect marine life. Its significance will be felt globally, as it will ultimately result in the shipping and offshore industries throughout the world adopting a new approach to lubricating wire ropes and umbilicals.

It stems from the introduction of a new Vessel General Permit (VGP) – or, more formally, the Vessel General Permit for Discharges Incidental to the Normal Operation of Vessels. This is a US licence that works alongside the Clean Water Act, which serves to protect the US coastline and inland waters by regulating discharge from vessels entering the sea.

The first VGP was issued in December 2008 and December last year saw a second, more demanding version come into force. It is important that all vessel operators are familiar with this document, as failure to follow the regulations can include fines and imprisonment.

One of the most significant updates between the two versions of the VGP is the requirement of all vessel operators to use Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs). Vessels must switch to EALs for use in oil-to-sea interfaces during their next dry dock.


| 3rd April 2014, 16:11:00 | Posted by Anonymous

Vessel General Permit (EALs)

Did you know…?

  • All vessels entering US waters must use Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) in all oil-to-sea interfaces.
  • Lubricant use must be reported in the VGP annual report.
  • Lubricants bearing the Eco-Label logo are fully VGP compliant.
  • The US Coast Guard will report all non-conformances to the EPA.
  • The usage of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants are enforced by law.
  • Punishments for breaches of the VGP can include significant fines and imprisonment.

What is the 2013 VGP?

The Vessel General Permit for Discharges Incidental to the Normal Operation of Vessels (VGP) is a US licence which works alongside the Clean Water Act. It serves to protect the US Coastline and inland waters by regulating discharge from vessels entering these areas.

The first VGP was issued in December 2008; however as of December 19th 2013, a second more demanding version has become effective. It is important that all vessel operators are familiar with this document as the consequences of failing to follow the regulations are fines and imprisonment. One of the most significant updates between the two versions of the VGP was the requirement of vessel operators to use Envir...

1 comment | 17th January 2014, 12:37:11 | Posted by Anonymous


A new range of galvanising sprays from ROCOL provides a highly effective and easy way to protect metal components from corrosion on-site with a lasting, galvanised-quality finish.

The coatings delivered by ROCOL Metal Enriched Paints, including Cold Galvanising Spray and its GALVA range, provide triple protection to metal surfaces which are prone to rusting, especially those in heavy industrial and marine environments, by combining enhanced water resistance with optimum cathodic defence and mechanical toughness.

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The non-toxic formulation contains high levels of very pure zinc to provide superior cathodic defence, with the zinc sacrificed to oxidise in place of the steel it is protecting. The coating offers enhanced water resistance by smoothing the metal surface and filling minute pits in the surface which ordinarily cause water ‘pooling’ rather than run-o...

2 comments | 27th March 2013, 12:46:30 | Posted by Anonymous


In just twelve months in the marketplace, the ULTRACUT® EVO range of cutting fluids from ROCOL® is attracting a loyal and growing customer base of companies looking to strike the optimum balance between performance and costs, whilst adopting the most responsible working practices available.

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ROCOL Metalworking Business Unit Manager Jason Mann says: “With tooling spe...

1 comment | 27th March 2013, 11:23:34 | Posted by Anonymous