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European chlor-alkali industry safety improvement trend levels off

03 April 2018

The latest figures from the Euro Chlor industry association show a levelling off in the safety performance of the chlor-alkali industry in Europe. In 2016, Lost Time Injuries (LTIs) for member company personnel increased slightly from 1.9 to 2.0 compared to 2015, whilst the LTI figure for contractor staff improved from 2.1 to 1.8.

LTI trend 2001-2016 - Source: Euro Chlor
LTI trend 2001-2016 - Source: Euro Chlor

There had been a small worsening in the trend among chemical companies’ own employees in 2014 compared to 2013, but the situation improved in 2015.

Occupational safety is measured as lost time injuries per million working hours (LTI rate). Since 2011, only those accidents specific to the chlorine industry are accounted for, i.e. injuries directly related to electric current, chlorine, caustic, hydrogen (explosion), mercury hypochlorite, sulphuric/hydrochloric acid and other reactants used in the electrolysis unit).

In terms of number of incidents, the trend shows a 67% reduction between 2001 and 2016. The number of process incidents per million tonnes of chlorine produced now stands at 2.3.

In its report, Euro Chlor says that under the terms of its Safety Initiative, the association and its members are looking into options to improve the culture of incident sharing and learning from each other to further reduce the number of future incidents. This will include a closer focus on incidents and near misses.

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