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June 1, 2010

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Chemicals sector demonstrates improvements

The Chemical Business Association’s fourth annual ‘index’ on the HS&E performance of the UK chemical logistics sector shows improvements in all areas in 2009.

The Logistics Index covers CBA member companies engaged in chemical road haulage, warehousing, and tank-farm operations. It is based on aggregated data supplied by 20 companies employing 2614 people. It provides a series of performance measures, including transport incidents, lost-time accidents and enforcement actions taken by the regulatory authorities. In 2009, these companies made some 700,000 journeys to transport more than six million tonnes of chemicals.€ᄄ

Among the main improvements are:

  • A reduction of 38 per cent in the number of RIDDOR incidents from 2008 to 2009;
  • A decrease in the lost-time accident rate to 0.44 from 0.56 in 2008;
  • A drop in incidents for every million tonnes of chemicals transported  from 0.3 in 2008 to 0.17 in 2009.

In terms of enforcement action, CBA Logistics services companies reported 22 Prohibition Notices and one Improvement Notice in 2009. There was also one conviction under the Health and Safety at Work, etc. Act 1974

Commented Andy Beck, chairman of CBA’s Responsible Care Committee: ”The CBA’s report shows a continuation of the improving trend in the health, safety and environmental standards we have seen over recent years.”

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