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[post_content] => Moving dangerous goods might be thought of as a highly dangerous business but the fact is that, in the UK at least, it is remarkably safe, as two reports from the Chemical Business Association (CBA) show.
CBA members report a fall in the number of accidents in the chemical logistics sector, reaching an all-time low in 2017, despite making more than a million journeys to deliver some 4.5m tonnes of chemicals.
CBA’s Logistics Index reports on the health, safety, security and environmental performance of its members companies engaged in haulage, warehousing and tank farm operations. The report, now in its twelfth year, is based on data from 22 companies employing 3,022 people.
The number of reported accidents fell from 23 in 2016 to 17 last year; these accidents involve incapacity for more than three days – a stricter criterion that used in the official Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences (RIDDOR) regulations. Of the 17, 88 per cent resulted from a manual handling process or a slip, trip or fall. Two resulted in serious injury but none involved exposure to a harmful substance.
The lost time accident rate fell from 0.40 in 2016 to 2017.
There were four reported transport incidents, compared to just one in 2016, although none of these led to a release of product. This equates to a transport incident rate of 0.86 for 2017, up from 0.25 in 2016. CBA notes that ‘transport incidents’ can include simple events such as mechanical breakdown or puncture repair.
CBA’s logistics members reported 20 enforcement actions in 2017, double the number in 2016. No Prohibition Notices or Improvement Notices were issued in relation to sites operated by CBA logistics members. There were 20 transport Prohibition Notices, of which ten required the infringement to be rectified immediately.
TAKING PROPER CARE
CBA has also reported on its members’ Responsible Care performance in 2017, which shows an increase in the number of accidents compared to 2016, although still within the long-term downward trend.
Andrew Beck, chairman of CBA’s Responsible Care Committee, says: “Accident levels have shown a year-on-year rise, though the long-term trend remains downward. It is also pleasing to note that transport incidents continue to fall despite the total tonnage delivered maintaining its historically high levels.”
In 2017, CBA member companies reported 33 accidents resulting in incapacity for more than three days, up from 25 accidents in 2016. One-third of the 2017 accidents resulted from a manual handling process or a slip, trip or fall, while eight involved exposure to a harmful substance. There were no fatalities during the year.
The number of transport incidents – which include any event that requires the attendance of the emergency services – fell from five in 2016 to just three last year. This is equivalent to 0.77 transport incidents for every million tonnes of product distributed.
CBA also collects data on the disposal of waste by its members. Last year, 11 per cent of special or hazardous waste was recycled, recovered or disposed of with energy recovery and only 5 per cent sent to landfill; 43 per cent of non-hazardous waste was recycled and 16 per cent went to landfill.
[post_title] => CBA: Proof of the pudding
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CBA: Proof of the pudding
Observation of Responsible Care principles and application of good safety management can help reduce accidents in the chemical supply chain, CBA data shows