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Logistics Indices of Performance (IoP) 2019 News

25 June 2020


The Logistics Index, CBA’s latest annual report on the performance of its road haulage, warehouse, and tank farm companies, shows its members recorded six transport incidents whilst making nearly one and a quarter million journeys to deliver more than three million tonnes of chemicals.

The CBA Logistics Index, now in its fourteenth year, is based on 19 returns from haulage, warehousing, and tank farm companies that together employ 2,466 people.

Measuring the health, safety, security, and environmental performance of its logistics members, offers a series of annual performance indicators comparable to those covering CBA’s distributor members that have been published since 1993 and provides an end-to-end snapshot of the UK chemical supply chain.

Peter Newport, CBA Chief Executive and Chair of its Responsible Care Committee, said, “It’s pleasing to note a further reduction in the number of on-site accidents, but it is worrying that more than half the total were manual handling accidents or the result of a slip, trip or fall. Though six transport incidents were recorded in 2019, a minor year-on-year rise, none involved the release of chemicals.”

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

Using this criterion, in 2019, CBA logistics companies reported 23 accidents (2018 – 25). Of these, 16 resulted in incapacities of more than seven days and were reportable under the current RIDDOR criterion (2018 – 17).

In 2019, more than half of accidents (52%) resulted from a manual handling process, slip, trip or fall. No accidents involved an exposure to a harmful substance (2018 – 0) and there were no notifiable diseases or fatalities reported in 2019.

Lost Time Accidents
In 2019, the Lost Time Accident (LTA) rate, applying the stricter three-day absence criterion, increased to 0.49 (2018 – 0.44). This year-on-year comparison is misleading – see Note to Editors (1).

Transport Incidents
In 2019, CBA logistics companies made nearly one and a quarter million journeys to distribute over three million tonnes of chemicals. There were 1.92 incidents for every million tonnes distributed in 2019 (2018 – 0.96).

In 2019, six transport incidents were reported (2018 – 4), all of which 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.

CBA Logistics Services companies reported a total of 15 enforcement actions during 2019 covering both their individual sites and transport (2018 – 16).

Individual Sites – No convictions or HSE Prohibition Notices were recorded against CBA Logistics companies in 2019, although one company received an HSE Improvement Notice.

Transport – Fourteen transport Prohibition Notices were received in 2019. Two were in respect of infringements of a minor nature that did not delay the vehicle’s journey and could be rectified later; twelve required the infringement to be rectified immediately.


Further information from: Peter Newport,
Chief Executive Officer

Michael Cooper,
Responsible Care Co-ordinator

01270 258200


(1) The LTA Rate for 2019 is distorted by that fact that, due to a resignation from CBA in 2019, the calculation has been based on a significantly lower number of employees than 2018. This has resulted in the LTA Rate increasing whilst the actual number of accidents reported by member companies has fallen. This should represent a one-year statistical anomaly.

(2) 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.

(3) 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.

(4) CBA member companies employ more than 8,200 people. They distribute, pack, and blend over 3 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.

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

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

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