The chemical industry is known to be highly regulated and the government’s response to the coronavirus crisis has been largely reactive.
The UK’s most important chemical company, Chemours, has been forced to pay £50 million to a man whose body was found in the river near his home in the town of Pembrokeshire in the north-east of England in September.
But it is also a large employer in Wales, which is currently dealing with the worst wave of the virus.
What is the chemical industry?
Chemical companies make products for chemical, industrial and pharmaceutical industries, often with an emphasis on safety and environmental protection.
In the US, the chemical sector employs more than a quarter of the workforce and has about 5,000 employees.
The industry has a huge impact on communities, the environment and the economy.
According to the British Chemical Industry Association (BCI), the industry employs about 3.5 million people in Britain.
It employs more people than the Royal Mail and the NHS combined, employs about 10 million people and employs about 30,000 people in the UK.
How does it make chemicals?
Chemical industry chemicals are used in industries ranging from cleaning and disinfecting, fertiliser and pesticides, to petrochemicals and food processing.
Chemicals are manufactured in a number of ways, including in large-scale factories.
Companies make chemicals from petroleum-based oils and natural chemicals.
In terms of production, the industry relies heavily on large, mechanised and often environmentally destructive facilities.
A recent report from the UK Chemical Safety Commission (CSC) said that of the nearly 50 chemicals used in the chemical manufacturing industry, 30% were unsafe.
There are about 15 million tonnes of chemicals in the country, according to the CSC.
Many of these chemicals are made by chemical manufacturing companies using techniques which are highly toxic and highly polluting.
However, it’s worth noting that there is a significant amount of regulation around chemical production and use in the United Kingdom, with an effective government oversight body known as the Environment Agency (EA).
What are the dangers of chemical exposure?
The risks associated with exposure to chemicals can be severe.
Exposure can lead to: respiratory problems such as asthma, chest pains, chest pain, cough, fever, headache, skin rashes, nausea, dizziness, anxiety, depression, memory loss, and psychosis