OTTAWA, Jan. 27 /CNW/ - On January 1, 2011 the fertilzer industry's
Ammonia Code of Practice came into full force, following the first
two-year mandatory audit cycle. With over 85 per cent of agri-retail
sites in compliance, the industry has once again reaffirmed its
commitment to keeping Canadians safe.
Anhydrous ammonia is an important nitrogen fertilizer used by farmers
primarilyin the Prairies to grow food. Ammonia is a naturally-occurring
crop nutrient, but when transported or applied as a compressed gas,
anhydrous ammonia is corrosive until it binds with water in the soil.
Public and worker safety and security were top priorities in writing
the Code and accidental release was a primary objective.
In 2008 the Canadian Fertilizer Institute's (CFI) Fertilizer Safety and
Security Council (FSSC) developed the Code to provide uniform standards
for the handling and storage of anydrous ammonia at agri-retail
facilities in Canada. The Code was drafted by fertilizer manufacturers,
distributors, and agri-retailers, with help from government agencies
and the first responder community.
"The safety and security of Canadians is a priority to us and we want
our products to be handled and used safely and securely in communities
across the country," said Dave Finlayson, Executive Director of the
Fertilizer Safety and Security Council. " The Code of Practice is the
first initiative of its kind for ammonia, setting a new global
benchmark for fertilizer stewardship. Agri-retailers should be very
proud to be leading the way in world safety standards for anhydorus
While existing regulations, safety programs and training have greatly
reduced the number and severity of accidents involving anhydous
ammonia, the Code was developed to further reduce this risk.
CFI partnered with agri-retail associations, including the Canadian
Association of Agri-Retailers (CAAR), the Ontario Agri-Business
Association (OABA) and the Québec Professional Association in Crop
Nutrients (PACN) in the development of the Code. CAAR stated that over
the past two years, agri-retailers have been preparing their operations
to comply with the Ammonia Code of Practice. The entire sector has
proudly established a new benchmark in safety that will serve to
protect their employees, customers and communities.
Under the code retailers must meet stringent requirements for emergency
prevention, preparedness, and response. And they must review these
provisions with local emergency responders every year. "We're
encouraged to see the fertilizer industry going beyond what is simply
required by law. The Ammonia Code will help first responders work
hand-in-hand with agri-retailers in protecting our communities," said
Don Warden, Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Fire
All anhydrous ammonia agri-retail sites in Canada need to pass an audit
to be compliant with the Ammonia Code of Practice to continue receiving
product from CFI member companies.
As a condition of membership, all manufactures, distributors and
retailers must be in compliance with the Ammonia Code of Practice.
The Ammonia Code of Practice, an accompanying Implementation Guide and
Frequently Asked Questions are posted to the Fertilizer Safety and
Security Council's website at: www.fssc.ca.
SOURCE Canadian Fertilizer Institute
For further information:
Catherine King: 613-786-3026