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Anhydrous Ammonia

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Anhydrous ammonia is a highly effective fertilizer that helps farmers feed our growing population and replenish nutrients in the soil. As a fertilizer, it provides essential nitrogen for plants and is imperative that proper precautions are taken to ensure that it is handled correctly.

All anhydrous ammonia agri-retail sites in Canada must be fully compliant with the standards outlined in the Ammonia Code of Practice. The Code applies to agricultural ammonia including road and rail transportation, storage and handling of products. It outlines best practices applicable to the distribution, storage and handling of anhydrous ammonia to ensure safety and security.

45-Day Comment Period:

A 45-day Comment Period is now CLOSED

Proposed revisions to the 2017 Code include the following:

  • All previously “scored” items are now mandatory meaning all protocols in the Code must be satisfied for certification/recertification. 
  • Amendments relating to
    • capacity expansion of grandfathered or encroached sites
    • site security
    • safety and emergency equipment and procedures
    • regulatory requirement changes since 2017
  • Additional guidance provided to compliance auditors and identification of Industry Best Practices, where appropriate
  • Updates to language throughout the code to improve clarity and consistency

To assist you in your review and submission of comments several additional documents are available:

Anhydrous Ammonia Code Audit

Code of Practice

Anhydrous Ammonia Code of Practice (Effective January 2017)

Anhydrous Ammonia Code of Practice 2017 Ammendments

Implementation Guide (Effective January 2017)

Other Resources

Anhydrous Ammonia Code of Practice – FAQ

Anhydrous Ammonia Code of Practice – Appendices (2012)

Anhydrous Ammonia Code of Practice and Implementation Guide (2012)

Regulatory Updates

Nurse Tank Placards Regulatory Update (2017)

Ammonia Code Sites B620-20 Standards Update

Important Updates


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