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Novartis plant leak causes hospitalisation of six workers 17 December 2012

Swiss police said six people were taken to hospital on Tuesday following the leak of a corrosive liquid at a Novartis pharmaceutical production site in Schweizerhalle near Basel in Switzerland where the group makes the blood pressure drug Diovan. Police said a few litres of a caustic liquid chemical were spilt and 13 people who inhaled the fumes needed medical attention...

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Canadian health products company to rebuild plant destroyed in November explosion 30 November 2012

Neptune Technologies & Bioressources, whose main plant was destroyed in an explosion that killed three workers and injured 18 more, says it will rebuild its plant and expand capacity. The Canadian company is looking for manufacturers to take on its fish oil production until the new plant is complete.  ...

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Quebec health products plant explosion kills three 09 November 2012

Three people have been killed and 19 injured by an explosion and fire at a health products plant in Quebec, Canada, on November 8. The plant is owned by Neptune Technologies & Bioressources, which produces health products such as Omega-3 derived from marine life. A second blast on the same day hit the Bombardier Recreational Products complex in Valcourt, Quebec, leaving two people with serious burns....

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Pharmaceutical company fined over Irish plant explosion 11 May 2012

Corden Pharma Ltd has been fined €300,000 following a chemical explosion at its County Cork plant that killed one of its employees and seriously injured another, according to the Irish Times. The chemical explosion took place in a process reactor at the company’s 20-acre Little Island plant on April 28th, 2008. ...

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Firefighters called to explosion and fire at drugs factory in Edinburgh 26 March 2012

Firefighters have tackled a blaze caused by an explosion at pharmaceutical company MacFarlan Smith in the Scottish capital on March 25. The building, on the city's Wheatfield Road, was evacuated and firefighters wearing chemical protection suits attended the scene....

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Production at Sandoz Quebec plant halted by fire 13 March 2012

Drug production at the Boucherville plant of pharmaceuticals manufacturer Sandoz has been halted by a fire in a ceiling above the plant’s boiler room. The fire broke out on March 4, and partial production is not expected to resume until later this week. No date has been given for a return to full production...

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Improved pH monitoring in high-end hygienic processing 29 June 2010

The monitoring of the pH of liquid media in high- end hygienic processes - in biotechnology, pharmaceutical and food processing - ensures not only that legal requirements are met, but also that quality standards are maintained, reducing cost and ensuring optimum levels of yield....

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Portable FTIR verifies safe working environment 04 December 2009

One of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies has employed a portable FTIR multiparameter gas analyser from Quantitech to check air quality in an office for which there had been a number of odour complaints. Monitoring up to 25 compounds simultaneously, the FTIR was able to demonstrate compliance with occupational safety limits....

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Hypalon crisis fears allayed 26 August 2009

BM Polyco, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of hand protection, has been instrumental in easing the potentially serious effects of Du Pont’s decision to close its only Hypalon manufacturing plant in Beaumont, United States....

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Oil & gas remains strongest influence on growth of hazardous area equipment 10 August 2009

The Middle East and Europe market for ATEX-certified hazardous area equipment is projected to exceed €2.5 billion by 2013. The growth of this market will primarily be driven by the pharmaceutical, oil and gas industries....

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