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NH3 Safety Awareness For Farmers

With harvest beginning in some parts of the state, that means anhydrous ammonia application season is right around the corner.  Earlier this year IFCA made available an online anhydrous ammonia safety awareness training program specifically for farmers.  The program is free and only takes about an hour to complete.  There are a total of five training modules focusing on Properties & Characteristics of NH3, Personal Protective Equipment, Transportation To and From the Field of Application, Safe Hook Up in the Field and Emergency Resonse/First Aid Procedures.  The program was made possible with a grant from the Illinois Nutrient Research & Education Council (NREC) in cooperation with Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Corn Growers Association and Illinios Department of Agriculture.  Click here to access the NH3 safety awareness program for farmers.  If you have any questions please contact Kevin Runkle at the IFCA office.   

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Online Anhydrous Ammonia Safety Program for Farmers

Funded bythe Illinois Nutrient Research & Education Council (NREC), this program consists of five ammonia safety training modules.  Go to http://learning.ifca.com.  If you have any questions please contact the IFCA office.

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Anhydrous Ammonia Reminders

Remember if you have a reportable quantity (RQ) release of anhydrous ammonia equal to or greater than 18 gallons/100 pounds you have 15 minutes of knowledge of the release to contact:   The National Response Center at 800.424.8802 Illinois Emergency Management Agency at 800.782.7860 Local Emergency Planning Committee Local Emergency Responders   If you have questions about reporting requirements or need assistance, please contact the IFCA office.   IFCA would also like to remind companies that receive anhydrous ammonia by rail to follow all distributor and Federal Rail Administration (FRA) requirements when shipping rail cars back to the distributor or manufacturer.  According to FRA requirements all vapor and liquid closure plugs must be tool tight rather than hand tight when shipping the railcar.  If you have any questions, please contact IFCA.   We wold also like to thank all employees who attended the IFCA and Illinois Department of Ag sponsored NH3 safety training classes.  IFCA and IDA trained over 600 employees at eight different classes throughout Illinois. 

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mySPCC Program Now Available

Click to read about the mySPCC on-line compliance tool, which is endorsed by USEPA and is free thanks to the Asmark Institute and The Fertilizer Institute.  Click here to access the program http://www.asmark.org/mySPCC

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IEMA Requests Most Recent MSDS

Companies that submit a Tier 2 report to IEMA recently received an email from IEMA requesting a copy of the most recent MSDS for products reported in the annual Tier 2 report.  After discussing this request with representatives from IEMA, IFCA learned they are under a court order to make Tier 2 reports available to the public.  You can electronically submit the MSDS at https://tier2.iema.state.il.us/TierIIManager/submit/T2_Menu.asp.  IFCA was able to extend the deadline from August 15, 2011 to the end of the 2011 calendar year.  If you need assistance submitting your MSDS contact Lori Canterbury with IEMA at 217.558.0559 or tier2mgr@illinois.gov.  

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Guide To Anhydrous Ammonia Safety

Click here to see a brochure illustrating common accidents with ammonia application and how to prevent them. 

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Ammonia Cartridges Versus Canisters

The IFCA has recently been notified by the Illinois Department of Ag Bureau of Ag Product Inspection that a company in Illinois is calling on IFCA members to sell anhydrous ammonia cartridges to take the place of canisters.  Cartridges and canisters are different as they allow for certain levels of exposure.  According to the product information on a full face gas mask with a cartridge, they are not to by used in environments that are Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health (IDLH).  At 400 parts per million (PPM), NH3 becomes immediately dangerous to life and health making the cartridge useless in an emergency situation.  According to the Illinois Department of Agriculture Rules and Regulations Relating to Anhydrous Ammonia, all permanent NH3 storage installations must have on hand one full face gas mask with a spare currently dated canister for emergency purposes.  There is nothing wrong with employees using the cartridges with a gas mask when working around anhydrous ammonia, but the facility still must maintain on hand a gas mask with canister which allows for greater exposure over a longer period of time.  If you have any questions, please contact Kevin at ...more

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Ammonia Release? Person in Possession Must Make the Report

If a farmer customer is in possession of anhydrous ammonia and a reportable release of 18 gallons or 100 pounds occurs, it is the farmer's responsibility to immediately notify the proper emergency personnel.  There have been several anhydrous ammonia releases in Illinois over last week, many of which occurred while the farmers were in possession of the product and some involving injury.  Although your customers may not want to make the calls, or may ask you to make the emergency notifications to IEMA, LEPC and the NRC for them, it is also their responsibility per federal and state regulations to contact these agencies as well if the release occurs while they are in possession of the ammonia.  Both IEMA and USEPA have made this very clear.  A written follow-up report is also required and must be sent to IEMA and the LEPC as soon as possible following the incident.  You can certainly help your customers with the written report and we recommend you do so.  If you have any questions about this requirement, please contact the IFCA office.  An emergency notification fact sheet is available on the IFCA website by ...more

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USEPA Region 5 Reporting Requirements Power Point Presentation

Click on the link to access the Power Point Presentation and interpretive guidance given by Region V USEPA representatives at the 2010 Regulatory Workshop held in Peoria, IL. 

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Anhydrous Ammonia Safety Video For Farmers

This video is designed to provide farmers with safety information related to handling, transportation, application, first aid and emergency response as it pertains to anhydrous ammonia.

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Fire Prevention Plan

IFCA members can click on the above picture to access the online fire prevention plan for your facility.  The fire prevention plan is designed to help ag retail facilities address potential ignition sources and fire hazards at an ag retail facility and will include a comprehensive list of pesticides stored in each structure at your facility.  The fire prevention plan should be used in conjunction with your emergency plan to help train facility employees as well as emergency responders to your facility in the event there is a fire.  You can obtain a username and password by contacting Jean Payne at 309.827.2774. 

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Is It Time To Update Your Emergency Sign?

Is your company emergency sign faded to the point where you can't read the information anymore?  The Illinois Department of Agriculture anhydrous ammonia regulations require an emergency sign with letters of a minimum height of two inches including at a minimum the name and phone number of the owner, manager or agent of the anhydrous ammonia storage location.  The sign must be located at the entrance to the site property or apart from the storage tanks.  The Asmark Institute emergency sign program goes above and beyond compliance with this regulation.  Signs are 39.5" long by 24" wide, are made of wind and weather resistant material and come printed with your company information for just $120 each.  If you are interested in purchasing an emergency sign, please contact Kevin at the IFCA office.    

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