US chemical distributors’ sales up in 2008, accidents down

01 December 2009 22:25  [Source: ICIS news]

MARCO ISLAND, Florida (ICIS news)--Sales by North American chemical distributors were up in 2008 from 2007 while accidents for that period were down, the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) said in a report released on Tuesday.

According to the 2008 NACD Membership Performance and Data Report, despite the fact that the number of actual chemical shipments dropped from 5.3m in 2007 to 5.2m in 2008, chemical distributors' sales increased from $19.7bn (€13.2bn) in 2007 to $22.9bn in 2008.

The shipments of 2008 were responsible for 81bn lb (36.7m tonnes) of delivered product - an increase over 2007's 71.7bn lb.

Meanwhile, the number of vehicular accidents during transportation dropped by 75.7%, from 263 in 2007, to 64 in 2008.

Distributors also reported that Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordable site incidents involving injuries declined from 565 in 2007 to 558 in 2008.

The report shows "the commitment we have to the training" of distributors, said Michael Lang, director of the NACD's Responsible Distribution Process (RDP).

"We always vouch for continuous improvement," and the report's information is "a genuine reflection of the RDP programme," added Lang.

The report was released on the eve of the NACD's 38th annual meeting, which has opening sessions on Wednesday.

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