Efforts to improve the safety of chemicals transportation are succeeding, industry statistics reveal.
The British Chemical Distributors and Traders Association’s (BCDTA) annual indices for safety show the number of accidents involving employees fell 24.5% last year to 40 and the number of transport incidents fell 10.3% to 26.
Over one million journeys were made by distributors carrying 3.84 million tonnes of chemicals in total. The incident rate of seven for every million tonnes of product delivered is identical to 1997.
The BCDTA figures, published as part of the chemicals industry’s safety and environmental initiative, Responsible Care, also show that waste recycling is increasing.