Anhydrous ammonia is a highly effective fertilizer used by farmers, but it can also be dangerous if it is not handled properly. Many industries that face similar concerns over their products already have stewardship programs and codes of practice that are verified by third-party audits.
The Ammonia Code of Practice sets out best practices applicable to the manufacture, distribution, storage and handling of anhydrous ammonia. The Code was drafted by members of the FSSC, including fertilizer manufacturers, distributors, and agri-retailers.
Audits will assist retailers in reaching compliance by identifying deficiencies in a proactive manner, allowing for correction before there is a regulatory or safety concern. Audits provide credibility to the Ammonia Code of Practice. They are a tool to measure and report success, and are recognized by government agencies as an effective way to manage risk without regulation.
The Anhydrous Ammonia First Responder Training Program was developed in consultation with the first responders community and Transportation Canada. It was developed to provide emergency responders with the information and training they need to safely deal with anhydrous ammonia.
To learn more about how to handle and store anhydrous ammonia products safely, please visit www.growzone.cfi.ca to take the safety course now.
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