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Logistics Indices of Performance (IoP) 2018 News

14 May 2019


The CBA’s annual report on the performance measure for its road haulage, warehouse, and tank farm members – the Logistics Index – reveals four transport incidents in 2018 – the same as the preceding year. None of these road traffic accidents involved a release of chemicals.

In 2018, CBA logistics member companies made nearly one and a quarter million journeys to deliver more than four million tonnes of chemicals.

The CBA Logistics Index, now in its thirteenth year, is based on 21 returns from haulage, warehousing, and tank farm firms together employing 2,967 people.

It measures the health, safety, security and environmental performance of the Association’s logistics members and provides a series of annual performance indicators comparable to those covering CBA’s distributor members that have been published since 1993.

Andrew Beck, the Chairman of CBA’s Responsible Care Committee said, “This is a satisfactory result in terms of road transport incidents, which are a key performance measure for any distribution industry. Applying CBA’s stricter three-day absence criteria, members reported an increase in on-site accidents with more than 70% resulting from a manual handling incident, or a slip, trip or fall.”

Reportable Accidents
CBA publishes data for accidents resulting in incapacities of more than three days. This is a higher standard than required by RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations). Maintaining this higher standard preserves the integrity of the time series CBA has established over the last 12 years.

Historically, RIDDOR required incapacities of more than three days to be reported. In 2012, the Health and Safety Executive changed this threshold to incapacities of more than seven days.

Using this stricter criterion, in 2018, CBA logistics companies reported 25 accidents (2017 – 17). Of these, seventeen resulted in incapacities of more than seven days and were reportable under the current RIDDOR criterion.

In 2018, 72% of accidents resulted from a manual handling process, slip, trip or fall. No notifiable diseases or fatalities were reported in 2018.

Lost Time Accidents
In 2018, the Lost Time Accident (LTA) rate, applying the stricter three-day absence criterion, increased to 0.44, from the previous year’s record low (2017 – 0.30).

The LTA rate is the ratio of reportable accidents to 100,000 man-hours – the assumed number of hours worked by one person during their lifetime. The Lost Time Accident (LTA) rate for just those accidents reportable under the RIDDOR reporting requirements was 0.30 (2017 – 0.23).

Transport Incidents
During 2018, CBA logistics companies made nearly one and a quarter million journeys to distribute over four million tonnes of chemicals.

There were 0.96 incidents for every million tonnes distributed in 2018 (2017 – 0.86).

In 2018, four transport incidents were reported (2017 – 4); all were road traffic incidents that did not lead to a chemical release.

CBA’s data goes beyond the thresholds set by the Department for Transport and RIDDOR legislation and include all transport incidents requiring the attendance of the emergency services – including minor traffic accidents, mechanical breakdowns or a puncture repair. CBA reports all such incidents regardless of fault in relation to their cause.

CBA Logistics Services companies reported a total of 16 enforcement actions during 2018 covering both their individual sites and transport (2017 – 20).

Individual Sites – No convictions, HSE Prohibition Notices or HSE Improvement Notices were recorded against CBA Logistics member companies in 2018, although one company received an improvement notice from the Environment Agency.

Transport – Fifteen transport Prohibition Notices were received in 2018. Seven were in respect of infringements of a minor nature that did not delay the vehicle’s journey and could be rectified later; eight required the infringement to be rectified immediately.

Peter Newport,
Chief Executive Officer

Michael Cooper,
Responsible Care Co-ordinator

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(1)        CBA produces two annual 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 an insight on the health, safety and environmental performance of the UK’s chemical supply chain.

(2)        CBA represents the independent chemical supply chain.  Its membership includes distributors, traders, warehouse operators, along with logistics and transport companies.  CBA’s members, the majority of which are SMEs, are the main industry interface with thousands of UK downstream chemical users. 

(3)        CBA member companies employ more than 8,700 people.  They distribute, pack, and blend over 4 million tonnes of chemicals each year with a market value of almost three billion euros.  In addition, CBA’s logistics member companies handle more than four million tonnes of chemicals annually.

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

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

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