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News ReleaseString of Safety Awards for Air Products

April 05, 2007 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

The European Industrial Gas Association (EIGA) has recognised Air Products for its safety performance at ten facilities across Europe, with its Gold, Bronze and Silver awards.

Sites at Botlek (Netherlands) and Gent (Belgium) both received prestigious Gold awards, which recognise Air Products’ continued efforts in operational safety. The awards represent 15 years without any employee loss-time incidents as well as 1 million employees hours worked in Botlek and 2.5 million employees hours worked in Ghent.

In addition, the Air Products sites in Beauvais (France), Redcar (UK) and Stoke (UK) received Silver awards, which represent ten years without any lost time incidents. The sites in Amsterdam Packaged Gases (Netherlands), Grunstadtl (Belgium), Hohenbrunn (Germany), Kerspleben (Germany) and Vilvoorde (Belgium) received EIGA’s Bronze awards, for five years without lost time incidents.

Mark Begg, director of Environment, Health, Safety and Quality, Air Products Europe, commented, "We are very proud of the teams at these sites for their achievements. A lot of commitment and respect for safety in the workplace is required for operational facilities to reach such milestones without an employee lost time incident. Year on year we make tremendous efforts to continually improve safety at all our sites; not just for the benefit of our colleagues, but for the benefit and safety of the communities in which we operate."

About Air Products

Air Products (NYSE:APD) serves customers in industrial, energy, technology and healthcare markets worldwide with a unique portfolio of atmospheric gases, process and specialty gases, performance materials, and equipment and services. 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 $9 billion, operations in over 40 countries, and over 20,000 employees around the globe. For more information, visit  

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