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National Code of Practice for Ammonia. March 2007. Background. In 2002 a national code of practice for ammonia was suggested in response to proposed Provincial regulations, proposed codes of practice, and varying standards across the country.

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  • In 2002 a national code of practice for ammonia was suggested in response to proposed Provincial regulations, proposed codes of practice, and varying standards across the country.
  • In 2003 a writing group was set up by the CFI consisting of:
    • Manufacturers
    • Distributors
    • Retailers
    • Industry associations
what is the code of practice
What is the Code of Practice?
  • The code of practice is an auditable collection of standards covering the manufacture, transportation, and use of Agricultural Anhydrous Ammonia
  • Code is a book or CD
    • Supported by an implementation guide
    • Supported by an appendix of examples and other useful information
why a code
Why a Code?
  • Increasing public concern about ammonia incidents, the meth problem, and terrorism
  • Increased focus on ammonia from regulators
  • Desire to harmonise standards across the country
  • Desire to demonstrate due diligence and manage liabilities
code principles
Code Principles
  • Safety of workers and the public of primary importance
  • Based on regulations and proven risk management practices
  • Supported by science and practical experience
  • Balance risk against economic realities
  • Integrate the principle of equivalent level of safety
  • Incorporate best practices
  • Phase-in approach for implementation
structure of the program
Structure of the Program
  • Adopted Agrichemical Warehousing Standards Association (AWSA) model for auditing
  • CFI partnership with AWSA
    • Same auditors
    • Same audit process
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Structure of the Program
  • Code items are either mandatory or score points
    • Audit fails if any mandatory item not passed, or less than 80% of points scored in any section
  • Ammonia stakeholders must contract with an auditor to have an audit performed on a two year cycle
  • Opportunity given to achieve compliance
who will be affected
Who will be Affected?
  • Everyone in the life cycle of Agricultural Anhydrous Ammonia
  • Initial focus on transportation and distribution
  • Intent is to work towards having all stakeholders meet Code standards
history to date
History to Date
  • Communication and consultations held since 2004 include public meetings, conventions, newsletters, an awareness brochure
  • Code posted for comment on FSSC website in March 2006
  • Trial audits conducted in 2006 in AB, SK, MB, ON, PQ
  • Public information sessions held in Jan/Feb 2007 in AB, SK, MB, ON, PQ
  • Training program for auditors currently being developed
implementation schedule
Implementation Schedule
  • 2007 – 2008
    • Two years for awareness and pro-active compliance, voluntary audits
  • 2009 – 2010
    • An audit will be required during this two years. Compliance is still voluntary
  • Jan 1, 2011
    • Compliance enforced
    • Manufacturers will not ship ammonia to firms not in compliance after Jan 1, 2011