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News ReleaseAir Products Drives Success in European Safety

March 05, 2009 Lehigh Valley, Pa.

The European Industrial Gases Association (EIGA) has honoured Air Products’ Wilton plant with a prestigious safety award recognising their excellent performance and commitment in this area. The Bronze award recognises 5 consecutive years without employee loss-time incidents at the company’s hydrogen gas and liquid carbon dioxide manufacturing plant.

Highlighting the successful harmonisation of Air Products’ operating standards and EHS best practice globally, EIGA also gave their facility in Zaragoza (Spain) a Gold award representing a momentous 15 years without lost time incidents. A further Silver award was presented to their facility in Glogow (Poland), representing 10 years without any lost time incidents or 500,000 employee hours worked. The company’s sites in Arrigorriaga (Spain) and Vilvoorde (Belgium) also received Bronze.

Milan Patel, Health and Safety Manager - Europe, commented: “As a responsible company, our top priority is ensuring Air Products operations comply fully with globally-recognised assurances of safety. We are extremely proud of the commitment and focus shown by our teams at all of the sites recognised by EIGA.

In addition to industry standards, within our company we set extremely high benchmarks for our operational safety performance. By repeatedly meeting and building on these standards, our people, customers, suppliers and local communities continually reap the benefits.”

EIGA has also honoured Air Products with their esteemed Annual Road Safety Award for the second time in three years. The honour recognises the company’s lowest accident rate for cylinder vehicles driven 500,000 – 2,000,000KM in Germany.

“Through comprehensive training, we provide all Air Products’ drivers with the necessary skills and expertise to work safely and prevent risks,” commented Kim DelSordo, Air Products’ General Manager - Northern Continent Packaged Gases. “Winning this award from EIGA demonstrates that those efforts really are working and helping us set an industry standard.”

Notes to the Editors:
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. Air Products has annual revenues of over $10 billion, operations in more than 40 countries, and 21,000 employees around the globe. For more information, visit

Air Products manufactures hydrogen gas and liquid carbon dioxide at its plant on the Wilton International Chemical Complex, supplying hydrogen for the manufacturing of nylon and other chemical processes on Teesside. Carbon dioxide is extracted from the process and is supplied mainly to the food and drink industry. Air Products is the world’s largest producer of merchant hydrogen with over 30 similar plants globally. As well as the nylon process, hydrogen is used extensively in oil refining and many other chemical processes. The production of hydrogen at Wilton uses leading edge control technology to achieve a high level of automation.

Air Products in Wilton regularly contributes and assists local schools with a number of projects including Chemistry at Work, Children Challenging Industry and National Science Week. Air Products has also worked closely with Newham Grange Primary School in Middlesbrough to enliven their science delivery syllabus with practical support and financial contribution towards equipment.

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