21st Century Pint

IOM3
,
28 Jun 2012

The
Materials Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has launched
www.21stcenturypint.org, a best practice website to help reduce the number of
injuries caused by drinking vessels in pubs and other licensed premises.

21st Century Pint is within the ongoing innovation programme as part of the Designing out Crime
initiative which commenced in 2009. 
Members of the working group involved in the programme gathered on 29 June 2012 at
the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining (IOM3) at the official launch,
hosted by Bernie Rickinson, Chief Executive of IOM3. Bernie presented the
history of the initiative by highlighting the involvement of community groups,
including manufacturers, distributors, bar owners, staff and customers. He
said, 'We wanted to broaden the level of knowledge exchange across the industry
and develop new solutions'. Katherine Williams, Director of Publishing at IOM3,
introduced each section of the website, noting the 'news' section as a stark
reminder of the necessity of the project.

The
working group comprises various industry professionals who collaborate on
research and
knowledge exchange. Steve Dodd, from Utopia, said ‘I’ve been
involved in the working group since its inception, we are looking to move the
project on with particular interest in setting a standard for toughened glass
and we hope our involvement will assist that’.

The
research to date has found that although polymer materials could reduce injury,
these alternatives tended to
reduce the drinking experience for customers. These
results led Leicester University to conduct further research
into the understanding of injury potential from broken drinking vessels. Sarah
Hainsworth from the University of Leicester presented new data conducted
over the past nine months. Initial findings
suggest that glass embossing can affect the breakage pattern and injury potential from glassware.

It
has been reported that there are around 87,000 incidents of violence involving
glass that occur in the UK each year with between 4,000 and 5,000 ‘glassing’
incidents involving pint glasses in pubs and clubs. The ultimate aim of the
programme is to develop a national standard to reduce the number of glassing
incidents and to reduce the societal cost of this problem in the UK.

 

Further information:

www.21stcenturypint.org