Guidelines for Secure Storage for Fertiliser on Farm

28 January, 2014
Morag Cunningham

A brief guide on an amendment to the Regulations 2013: On the 6th April 2013 the Notification of Installations Handling Hazardous Substances Regulations 1982 (NIHHS) and the Amendment Regulations 2002 was revoked.

Brief summary of changes from 6 April 2013:

If you previously notified under the NAMOS Regulations (Notification and Marking of Sites) you will need to:

  • continue to notify the enforcing authority and the fire and rescue service (FRS) for the area in which your site is located if you store 25 tonnes or more of dangerous substance (The Scottish FRS came into effect on 1 April 2013).
  • notify the FRS for the area in which your site is located if the site holds 150 tonnes or more of relevant ammonium nitrate mixtures – new requirement.

What is the “relevant ammonium nitrate mixture”?

Within the Regulations and guidance the “relevant ammonium nitrate mixture” is defined as ammonium nitrate and mixtures containing ammonium nitrate, where the nitrogen content exceeds 15.75% of the mixture by weight.

If you previously notified under the NIHHS (Notification of Installations Handling Hazardous Substances) you will need to:

  • notify the enforcing authority and the FRS for the area in which your site is located if you store 25 tonnes or more of dangerous substances – new requirement.
  • notify the FRS for the area in which your site is located if the site holds 150 tonnes or more of relevant ammonium nitrate mixture – amended requirement. 

These regulations have been put in place to help prevent theft of ammonium nitrate based fertilisers and to aid The Fire and Rescue Service in case of fire.

If you require more information on this and local up and coming SHADs go to the HSE website by CLICKING HERE. Alternatively our customers can call SFQC on 0131 335 6600.

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