Styrene Exposure in NZ Composites Industry
Vineeth Babu, CANZ Vice President March 09, 2021 Health effects of styrene and other solvents continue to be a significant Occupational Hazard in the composites industry. As styrene is potentially dangerous to the health of workers, WorkSafe New Zealand has lowered the short-term workplace exposure limit for Styrene to 40 ppm and time-weighted average exposure value to 20 ppm. The Health and Safety Work Act 2015 requires the Composites Industry to meet these new exposure standards. To better understand worker exposure to styrene, CANZ has initiated an industry-wide project to gather real-time worker exposure measurements at the manufacturing facilities of some of its members. Read more here.
Conference programme released
This year’s conference programme is slightly different to previous years as we will be focusing on working groups rather than individual upskilling and informative sessions. The working groups will be focusing on recycling, training, architecture, and health and safety (styrene). Our annual AGM will be held on Friday 23 October at 1.30pm. For more information contact Caroline@composites.org.nz
2020 Conference confirmed for 22 and 23 October
The Committee is finalising plans for our 2020 Conference, scheduled for 22 (at University of Canterbury) and 23 October (at Novotel Cathedral Square, Christchurch). The conference will focus on working groups covering recycling of composites, training and health & safety (Styrene). Our AGM will also be held at the conference. We look forward to confirming more soon.
Register for the 2019 Conference!
We are pleased to provide the 2019 conference programme and registration form and look forward to seeing many members at this important event for our industry! Conference programmeConference registration form We thank the following sponsors for their support of our event:AllnexAurora CompositesChemical SpecialtiesCyrca CompositesNZ CompositesNZ FibreglassPJ HobbsScott Bader Middle East LtdPlease return your completed Registration form to Caroline Gibson on email@example.com.Contact Caroline Gibson on Tel 09 376 7732 with any questions about the conference. For accommodation at the Commodore please book directly with the Commodore Hotel, Christchurch Airport:Email firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel 0508 COMMODORE (266 663) and quote group reservation number #1700448. Group room rate: $216.30 – Premium level room $260.59 – Business level room.
New Observatory Dome Lands At Its New Home
Earth & Sky are nearing the completion of their new headquarters in Tekapo New Zealand, which has been designed to house one of the world’s most famous Victorian-era telescopes inside a custom observatory dome. IFS was honoured to be awarded the contract to design, build and install the very large observatory dome to house the historic Brasher telescope on the new building. The world-class astronomy centre is being built by the Earth & Sky Limited Partnership, with the observatory dome housing the 125-year-old Brashear Telescope which stands up to a maximum of ten metres tall. IFS Managing Director Simon Robb says his team started working on the project in 2017 when design work started. Manufacture then began in mid-2018 and the installation was completed in April 2019. “It has been a very exciting and challenging project to be involved in. It’s certainly unique. This dome is 10.9m in diameter, weighs about 5.5 tonnes and rotates 360 degrees with a large self opening and closing window.” “The construction process used for this dome is similar to how you’d make a large high-performance boat.” Once the design was completed a CNC router was used to cut sections to form plugs which moulds where then taken from. The parts where then manufactured from the molds using epoxy resin with the vacuum bagging process and the dome was then assembled at IFS’ Redruth site. It was then split into two for […]
March issue of Flexi magazine now available on-line
The September 2018 issue of Flexi Magazine is now on-line. We are currently working on the June issue and this will be distributed to members and posted on-line when available. Please submit any advertising or editorial content for consideration for our December issue to Caroline Gibson.
September issue of Flexi Magazine now available
The September 2018 issue of Flexi Magazine is now on-line. We are currently working on the December issue and this will be distributed to members and posted on-line when available. Please submit any advertising or editorial content for consideration for our December issue to Caroline Gibson.
Register for the 2018 Conference now!
Registration for the 2018 Conference of the Composites Association is now open! The conference will be held Friday 14th September at the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club, Wellington. The committee have confirmed the programme which can be viewed here. Registration Please register to attend by completing and returning the attached Registration Form to email@example.com. Conference Sponsors We are very grateful to the following sponsors for their support: NZ Marine & Composites Industry Training Organisation – Welcome Drinks on Thursday 13 September NZ Fibreglass – Morning Tea on Friday P J Hobbs – Lunch on Friday Composites Plus NZ Ltd – Afternoon Tea on Friday Adhesive Technologies – Pre-dinner drinks on Friday NZ Composites – Dinner on Friday We look forward to seeing many members at this important upskilling and networking event for our industry!
June issue of Flexi magazine now available
The June 2018 issue of Flexi Magazine is now on-line. We are currently working on the September issue and this will be distributed to members and posted on-line when available. Please submit any advertising or editorial content for consideration to Caroline Gibson.
March issue of Flexi magazine out now
The March 2018 issue of Flexi Magazine is now on-line. We are currently working on the June issue and this will be distributed to members and posted on-line when available. Please submit any advertising or editorial content for consideration to Caroline Gibson.
2018 Conference – 14 September at Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club, Wellington
We are pleased to advise that our 2018 Conference will be a one-day event to be held Friday 14 September at the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club in Wellington. After a full day of presentations there will be dinner and drinks and a chance to network with your industry peers. More details of the presentations and how to register will be available in due course.