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Six die in pharma company explosion in southern India 09 February 2016

Six workers died and another sustained injuries after an explosion inside the Hasitha Pharmaceutical plant on the outskirts of Hyderabad, southern India. Local sources said there were 11 workers in the factory when the blast took place in one of the plant’s reactors, and a large fire subsequently engulfed the building....

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UK chemical industry reports high confidence for 2016 08 February 2016

The latest survey of business confidence for members of the Chemical Industries Association (CIA) shows that more than 90% of businesses expect sales volumes to remain or exceed 2015 levels when there was a record 5% growth. More than 40% expect sales volumes to grow in 2016. Similar sentiment was expressed in terms of exports, investment in R&D and investment in buildings and technology....

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Pharma unit blast in eastern India kills two, injures five 30 September 2015

Two workers, a pharmacist and his assistant, were burned to death and five others injured after a reactor blast rocked the active pharmaceutical ingredients manufacturing plant of Sainor Life Sciences at the Ramky group's Jawaharlal Nehru Pharma city at Parawada near Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, on September 28. One of the injured is in a critical condition with 50% burns....

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Chemical and pharmaceutical businesses show confidence in the UK, but warn of challenges 19 May 2015

Most companies in Britain’s £50 billion chemical and pharmaceutical industry predict they will increase sales and exports in the next 12 months. The latest survey from the industry’s trade body, the Chemical Industries Association, shows a confident picture for the rest of 2015 and beyond. Nearly 60% of companies expect sales and export growth, while almost 50% of businesses will increase capital expenditure and grow employment numbers....

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Pharma factory explosion in Brazil injures 26 23 October 2014

At least 26 people were injured, including three who are in a critical condition, in an explosion at a medicine factory in the southeastern Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, EFE reported medical sources as saying. Of the three seriously injured staff, one had 90% burns, the second a deep head injury and the final worker suffered internal in juries from smoke inhalation. ...

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News Extra: OSHA director says US standards process is “broken” 01 October 2014

In an interview with NBC News, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) director David Michaels said: “When it comes to health hazards, we have a standards process that is broken.” Political opposition to new standards in Congress, where many Republicans oppose them as potential constraints on business, have combined with legal and procedural challenges to make OSHA’s efforts to bring rules up to date a Herculean task. ...

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UK research facility fined by regulator for biohazard failings 02 May 2014

A world-renowned animal disease research facility in Surrey has been fined for shortcomings in the management of safety during experiments with cattle infected with the foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV). This follows two incidents at the Pirbright Institute in November 2012 and January 2013 in parts of a contained facility housing infected animals. ...

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Survey shows optimism in UK chemical industry 08 April 2014

In the latest survey of business prospects for the UK’s number one manufacturing exporter – the chemical industry, optimism remains high. Over half of the companies expect sales to increase and there is a renewed appetite for investment. The survey was carried out in March by the industry’s trade body, the Chemical Industries Association....

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UK pharmaceutical company fined £100,000 after man sprayed by toxic chemical 24 September 2013

A North East pharmaceutical company has been fined for a serious safety breach which left a worker fighting for his life in hospital. The employee, from Tyne and Wear, was sprayed with seven litres of bromine as he removed cables from a valve connected to pipework at Aesica Pharmaceuticals on the Windmill Industrial Estate, Cramlington, Northumberland. ...

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Worker injured in flash fire at California Amgen facility 17 May 2013

A worker at an Amgen research facility in South San Francisco has been hospitalized after a "flash fire" involving hazardous materials. "There was a flash fire at the research facility there," spokeswoman Ashleigh Koss said. "There was an incident with a flammable liquid." There was no report on the worker's condition.  ...

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