December 2016 Spray 29 For subsequent, larger scale exercises, include local first responders. A representative from the fire department or law enforcement (or both) can provide their perspective on the situation as well as what they will do to protect public safety. They can also provide local resources to mitigate a large public safety threat. In these larger scale exercises, participants become more familiar with their “roles,” improvements are made and there is a greater understanding of what is needed to maintain or sustain business operations in the event of a major incident. Tabletop exercises will help increase familiarity with continuity and response/ action plans; better equip key facility personnel to respond quickly and efficiently in the time of crisis; identify and allow for correction of areas of deficiency and possibly provide insurance rate reductions. Scott Smith, The Procter & Gamble Co., presented Plastic Aerosol Containers: The Current State, PARG Advances & Industry Alignment. Smith explained that polyethylene terephthalate (PET) containers have a place in the aerosol market due to their shaping capabilities, transparency, suitability in wet environments (they don’t rust) and recyclability. Plastic aerosols won’t cannibalize the industry, Smith said, but will rather take back products lost to pumps in the 1970s and 80s due to the chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) scare. Annual growth of the aerosol industry is roughly 3%, but Smith believes that with the advance of aerosol products in plastic containers, this can be elevated to 10%. Plastics can easily be enhanced with embossing, ribbing, shaping and coloring. In the future, it may be possible to create one or twoliter aerosol containers using blow cavity technology. The first industry step toward plastic aerosols occurred when the U.S. Dept. of Transportation (DOT) altered the code allowing the transport of plastic aerosol containers under non-specification and 2S specification. The Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) allows plastic aerosols up to 1000mL. The second industry step occurred when the aerosol industry worked with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) and International Fire Code (IFC) to show the safety of the plastic aerosol container. The third step was when the Plastic Aerosol Research Group (PARG) was established by the Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA) to develop data supporting the expansion of plastic aerosol containers across the industry. PARG conducted several heat profile tests and automobile profile tests to show the safety of plastic aerosols. The goal is to establish Plastic Aerosol Two, building on Plastic Aerosol One (a non-flammable base and nonflammable propellant designation). Smith also provided a CSPA update on behalf of the organization. The number one regulatory challenge the industry faces continues to be volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and related air quality regulations. California is updating its State Implementation Plan (SIP) for ozone and targeting consumer products for further reductions. CSPA is arguing that the science shows that no more VOC reductions are needed. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is also completing the third and final year of its comprehensive product survey and will continue to re-interpret existing regulations. There is also a critical challenge this year relating to the fragrance exemption. The U.S. Environmental protection Agency (EPA) again lowered the ozone standard last year, which will require more reductions in coming years. The proposed 2016 California SIP has a consumer products measure to mandate ten tons per day more in Smith Winners of the first annual SATA Innovation Awards (L to R): the Advancement in Regulatory Response award went to Jason White, Spectrum Brands, for its Repel product; the New Pressurized Package Category or Application ward went to Doug Leonard, Mission Pharmacal Co., for its Dr. Smith’s Diaper Rash Spray product; and the Advancement in Formulation award went to Patrick Mallon, ITW Global Tire Repair, for its Fix-A-Flat product. Outgoing SATA President Elena Badiuzzi, ITW Pro Brands (left) passes the gavel to new President Pierce Pillon, ITW Tech Spray. The First Place team in the Golf Tournament (L to R): Ryan Dailey, CyCan Industries; Angel Montalvo, Spray-Lock Inc.; Doug Bacile, SPRAY; and Jack Childers, DS Containers.
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