OTTAWA, May 24, 2011 /CNW/ - Canadian fertilizer retailers who sell
ammonium nitrate can now provide their employees with the training and
information to assist in complying with federal security regulations
and the industry Code of Practice. A new ammonium nitrate security
training course is now available on the GrowZone training platform.
The course was developed by the Fertilizer Safety and Security Council
(FSSC) in partnership with Natural Resources Canada. It is based on
requirements under the Restricted Components Regulations and FSSC's
Ammonium Nitrate Code of Practice. The course is designed to implement
recommendations based on an audit of the FSSC's Ammonium Nitrate Code
of Practice which took place in 2010 following an unauthorized sale. It
provides retailer staff who sell ammonium nitrate with critical
information on how to keep proper records and preventing unauthorized
sales. The course is offered in both English and in French.
"By taking the course, retailers will reaffirm their commitment to
keeping their employees, their communities, and the Canadian public
safe from the misuse of ammonium nitrate," said David Finlayson,
Executive Director of the FSSC. "The federal regulations for restricted
components and the Ammonium Nitrate Code of Practice remain a solid
security structure for ammonium nitrate fertilizer products."
Ammonium nitrate is a valuable fertilizer product used by farmers to
grow wholesome food. However, it can also be used as a component in
explosives. This is the reason the industry treats any possible misuse
of ammonium nitrate very seriously.
The GrowZone training platform provides continuing education to the
fertilizer industry. Along with this ammonium nitrate security training
course, other modules on GrowZone include: training for truck drivers
and managers on driver fatigue management. New training courses will
continue to be added. These online training courses are available at http://growzone.cfi.ca.
The Canadian Fertilizer Institute is an industry association representing manufacturers, wholesale and
retail distributors of nitrogen, phosphate, potash and sulphur
fertilizers. Our mission is to be the unified voice of the Canadian
fertilizer industry by promoting the responsible, sustainable and safe
production, distribution and use of fertilizers. Our industry employs
12,000 Canadians and contributes $12 billion annually to Canada's
economy. Our products contribute to the supply of safe, nutritious
food in Canada and around the world.
SOURCE Canadian Fertilizer Institute
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