Transport, storage and associated handling of fertilizer products present a range of risks including product loss, associated environmental hazards and road safety issues. Environmental risks can be summarised as Leach, Load, Run and Blow.
It is in the industries best interests to avoid product loss, while community expectations are that off-site product loss and contamination of soil, water and air quality is minimised.
Fertilizer Australia Response
The fertilizer industry recognises its obligations to eliminate as far as practicable the hazards resulting from the transport, storage and associated handling of fertilizer. Fertilizer Australia developed a Fertilizer Handling COP to assist members to identify and manage risks associated with fertilizer handling.
The primary focus of the COP is management of product loss and the associated hazards. It covers:
- solid and liquid fertilizer formulations;
- bulk and packaged products; and
- work-places that transport, store and handle fertilizer.
The COP provides a risk assessment and treatment approach to managing loss of product containment. As each work-site is different, individual locations are encouraged to use the code to develop a risk management plan appropriate to the work-site which is then reviewed on a regular basis.
In addition to a risk management plan, fertilizer companies may also employ a range of environmental protection tools such as an Environment Policy, Environment Management Systems and Emergency Response Plans.
Details of how members of Fertilizer Australia are performing in managing environmental issues can be found in the Sustainability and Stewardship Report. To access the report click on the image above.
Fertilizer Handling Code of Practice.pdf
Bulk fertilizer delivery to farms presents particular risks; watch the video for some safety tips.