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News ReleaseAir Products Awarded By Eiga For Unprecedented Safety At 17 Facilities Across Europe

April 22, 2005 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

The European Industrial Gases Association (EIGA) has awarded 17 Air Products facilities across Europe, including Gold awards at 8 sites, recognising the company's continued efforts in operational safety.
The company's Gold award winning facilities received the award in recognition of a total of either 15 years or more service without any loss-time incidents, or for 1.5 million employees hours worked without employee incident. EIGA also recognised 5 Air Products sites with their silver award and 5 with the Bronze award.

EIGA is a safety orientated organisation that represents the vast majority of European companies producing industrial, medical and food gases.

Air Products' Mark Begg, Director of Environment, Health, Safety and Quality, Europe, commented, "The respective facility teams should be very proud of all their hard work that has gone towards receiving this award. For operational facilities to reach such landmark timeswithout employee incident, there needs to be a lot of commitment and respect for safety in the workplace. Air Products endeavour's to make safety in the workplace one of its highest priorities, ensuring that both employees and the local community are able to work and live in a pleasant environment".

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 and is listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability and FTSE4Good Indices. The company has annual revenues of $7.4 billion, operations in over 30 countries, and nearly 20,000 employees around the globe. For more information, visit

About European Industrial Gases Association (EIGA)

The European Industrial Gases Association, EIGA, is a safety and technically oriented organization representing the vast majority of European and a number of non-European companies producing and distributing industrial, medical and food gases.

The member companies closely co-operate in safety and technical matters concerning production, transport, storage and application to achieve the highest level of safety and environmental care in the handling of gases. EIGA also initiates the development of appropriate standards and provides standardization bodies with technological expertise.

EIGA fully co-operates with all National Industrial Gas Associations and Regional Industrial Gas Associations around the world such as AIGA (Singapore), ANZIGA (Australia/New Zealand), CGA (USA), JIGA (Japan), SACGA (South Africa), which are all associated members to EIGA. For further information please visit

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