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News ReleaseISO 14001 Certification for Air Products' Specialty Gas Facility at Keumiée, Belgium

April 21, 2004 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

Air Products has received the ISO 14001 environmental standard certification for its Specialty Gas facility at Keumiée, Belgium. This certification recognises Air Products' commitment and efforts to continually improve its environment, health and safety (EH&S) performance.

"The ISO 14001 certification was achieved through an outstanding team effort demonstrated by our employees at the Keumiée site, our EH&S team and Quality personnel. The deployment of Quality and Environmental Management systems at Air Products facilities assists us in meeting our objective to be the best company to work for and buy from, as well as in maintaining our EH&S leadership position within the chemical industry," said Dave Edmondson, General Manager, Electronics Europe.

The stringent requirements of the ISO14001 environmental management system have been integrated within Air Products Global Quality and EH&S management systems. It incorporates controls necessitated by corporate policies and government regulations and adheres to the principles promoted by Responsible Careâ and international standards.

Air Products has a growing list of facilities certified against the ISO14001 environmental standard including the world's largest Electronic Specialty Materials facility at Hometown PA, and the Electronic Chemicals facilities at Milan, Italy; Dallas TX and Easton PA.

Air Products and Responsible Care®

Air Products is committed to actively participating in Responsible Care®; an initiative sponsored by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) to improve the environmental, health, and safety performance of the chemical industry. Member companies pledge the conscientious management of chemicals from research through manufacture, distribution, use, recycling, and disposal.

Responsible Care® is built around six codes of Management Practices: Product Stewardship Community Awareness and Emergency Response Process Safety Employee Health and Safety Pollution Prevention Distribution

• Product Stewardship
• Community Awareness and Emergency Response
• Process Safety
• Employee Health and Safety
• Pollution Prevention
• Distribution

About Air Products

Air Products (NYSE:APD) serves customers in technology, energy, healthcare and industrial markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of products, services and solutions, providing atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials and chemical intermediates. Founded in 1940, Air Products has built leading positions in key growth markets such as semiconductor materials, refinery hydrogen, home healthcare services, natural gas liquefaction, and advanced coatings and adhesives. The company is recognized for its innovative culture, operational excellence and commitment to safety and the environment. With annual revenues of $6.3 billion and operations in over 30 countries, the company's 18,500 employees build lasting relationships with their customers and communities based on understanding, integrity and passion. For more information, visit  

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