Solvay Halifax is part of the global Solvay Novecare business

  Solvay Halifax Plant Click to enlarge
The site houses four production plants and focuses on the manufacture of surfactants, materials which are used widely in shampoos, detergents and a variety of industrial processes such as textile manufacture, metal working and oilfields.  The site also makes biocides, products which remove bacteria from water, mainly for use in swimming pools. 

The site was first established in the 1970s and became part of the Solvay Group in 2011. Approximately 60 employees are based at the site, working in production, quality control, customer service, product stewardship and engineering roles.

Community information

  Solvay Halifax and surrounding area Click to enlarge
Halifax holds regular meetings with regulatory authorities and emergency services to keep them updated of activities on site. The site also produces a newsletter to keep the local community informed of developments, as well as a calendar.

These form part of the programme of dialogue between the site and the surrounding community – and include information on what to do in the event of an emergency.

Advice to the public

Solvay Halifax comes under the COMAH (Control of Major Accident Hazards) regulations which aim to prevent major chemical accidents and limit the consequences to people and the environment of any accidents that may occur.  Audits covering all aspects of our health, safety and environment processes and overall performance also take place on a regular basis. Close neighbours of Solvay Halifax need to be aware of the key steps to take in the unlikely event of a chemical emergency.