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2 June 2011



The latest Logistics Index released by the Chemical Business Association (CBA) shows that, in 2010, its logistics member companies made more than one million journeys to transport nearly six million tonnes of chemicals.  During this period, there were two transport incidents reported.


The Logistics Index also shows a rise in the number of accidents; an increase in the year-on-year transport incident rate; and that no convictions were recorded against member companies during 2010.


The CBA Logistics Index for 2010 is based on aggregated data from 20 haulage, warehousing and tank farm companies employing 2,613 people.


CBA’s Logistics Index is the fifth annual report covering the Association’s member companies engaged in chemical road haulage, warehousing, and tank farm operations.   It provides a series of performance measures, including transport incidents, lost time accidents and enforcement actions taken by the regulatory authorities.


Andy Beck, Chairman of CBA’s Responsible Care Committee, said, ”Whilst CBA’s Logistics Index for 2010 shows a rise in the overall number of accidents, almost half this total resulted from a manual handling process or a slip, trip or fall.  In other respects, the 2010 Logistics Index broadly represents a continuation of the trends we have seen over the last five years.” 


Reportable Accidents


The Logistics Index shows a rise in the number of accidents reportable under the provisions of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR).  In 2010, logistics member companies reported 30 accidents (2009 – 22). 


Of these, nine accidents resulted in serious injury (2009 – 5). Almost half of the accidents (43%) resulted from a manual handling process or a slip, trip or fall. Three accidents involved an exposure to harmful substances (2009 – 1).


Lost Time Accidents


The Lost Time Accident (LTA) rate increased to 0.61 (2008 – 0.44). The LTA rate is the ratio of RIDDOR reportable accidents to 100,000 man-hours – the assumed number of hours worked by one person during a lifetime.


Transport Incidents


Incidents involving transport are the key measure of the distribution industry’s performance. In 2010, CBA members reported two transport incidents. CBA’s figures combine RIDDOR reportable incidents with transport incidents at which the emergency services attended.  Incidents of this kind can include minor traffic accidents, mechanical breakdown or a simple puncture repair. There were 0.34 incidents for every million tonnes of chemicals transported in 2010 (2009 – 0.17).



CBA Logistics Services companies reported 22 enforcement actions in 2010 (2009 - 24). No convictions were recorded against CBA members in 2010.  One HSE improvement notice was issued under the COMAH regulations.   Of the 21 transport Prohibition Notices issued in 2010, 13 were in respect of infringements of a minor nature that did not delay the vehicles’ journey and could be rectified later; eight required the infringement to be rectified immediately.


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Further information from:                              Peter Newport, Director, CBA

                                                  Michael Cooper, CBA Responsible Care Co-ordinator

                                                                         01270 258200





(1)          CBA produces two reports on the health, safety and environmental performance of its member companies.  One covers the Association’s distributor membership and the other covers its logistics services members engaged in chemical road haulage, warehousing, and tank farm operations.  Both reports are based on data supplied by CBA’s member companies and – together – aim to provide a perspective on the health, safety and environmental performance of the UK’s chemical supply chain.


(2)                 Each year CBA members distribute more than 2.2 million tonnes of chemicals with a market value of almost three billion euros. CBA's logistics companies handle more than 6 million tonnes of chemicals annually.  The Association’s members, the majority of which are SMEs, are the key industry interface with thousands of UK downstream chemical users. 


(3)                 Compliance with Responsible Care has been mandatory for CBA members since 2002. 


(4)                To read the full Logistics Index Report, go to and click on Responsible Care.