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UK chemical company fined over poor safety procedures

31 July 2012

Mold Crown Court in Wales, UK, has fined Euticals Chemicals a total of £100,000 for failing to comply with the three Health and Safety Executive (HSE) improvement notices and ordered the company to pay £8,344 in prosecution costs.

"Mold Crown Court has found the company hasn't taken adequate measures to reduce the risks arising from dangerous substances."

According to the HSE, the company has failed on a continuous basis to take the required measures to prevent major incidents and limit the consequences to employees and the wider environment.

Mold Crown Court has found the company hasn't taken adequate measures to reduce the risks arising from dangerous substances in the case of fires or explosions.

The company has also been found to lack the necessary resources to ensure compliance with the required standards, despite visits and advice from HSE inspectors.

Mark Burton, HSE inspector, said Archimica Limited had plenty of opportunities to comply with the improvement notices after repeated visits from the HSE but the company chose not to.

''They deal with dangerous chemicals every day and have a legal responsibility to make sure that how they do that is safe,'' Burton added.

"That responsibility extends not only to their employees but to the site's neighbours and any visitors, as well as the environment.

''There's the possibility for a major incident when manufacturing and distributing this kind of product and failing to plan for it could have devastating consequences."

Euticals Chemicals, formerly called as Archimica, is a Welsh chemical company, which manufactures and distributes chemical products.

The Britain's national regulator for workplace health and safety, the Health and Safety Executive, aims to reduce work-related deaths, injuries and ill-health.