Chemical factory outlines action over safety fears


Staff reporter

A COMPANY that stopped production after an explosive chemical was found at its factory has issued a statement outlining action being taken.

Pharmaceutical firm Euticals, in Sandycroft, stopped production after Isosorbide Dinitrate (ISDN Pure) was found on site.

The chemical, which can be used in angina medication, was found following an inspection by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Environment Agency Wales.

Now leaflets have been distributed warning residents in the area surrounding the Prince William Avenue of the potential risks.

Timothy Dowd, on site director, said: “It’s highly unlikely people will have to be evacuated.

“The proposals of the leaflets dropped is just making residents aware of the potential.

“It’s a requirement but a very unlikely one.”

He said the company employed 52 people, along with about four contracted workers, who are being paid while the site is working on a “skeletal staff”.

Mr Dowd said they will have jobs to return to, provided there is no “technical hitch”.

He added: “We are working at a remote location to keep the company ticking over until we can get back onto the site.”

A statement subsequently issued on Saturday said the HSE “are working with us to create plans so that we can treat the material safely and reduce the risk”.

It continued: “Once the plans are complete we can then remove materials from the site.

“At this time we have stopped operations completely in the interests of safety.

“This pharmaceutical material is recognised as a vital part of the pharmaceutical manufacturing supply chain for a very important medication.”

The statement listed action taken including increasing security and writing to local residents and businesses.

It added: “A public information zone (PIZ) has been established where people will receive direct communication from Flintshire Council and other relevant bodies.

“The PIZ is likely to change as plans take place and material is removed.”

Earlier this month the company said it would be carrying out a thorough investigation after three people were taken to hospital after a chemical spill at the

In July, Euticals was fined £100,000 for failing to take safety measures on site, despite frequent inspections from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Residents wishing to learn more can contact the council’s usual Streetscene public contact number on 01352 701234.

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