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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