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Grainfarmers Arable Ltd is an AIC member (Agricultural Industries Confederation) formerly the FMA (Fertilizer Manufacturers Association) and UKASTA. Their role is to represent the views and interests of the fertiliser industry to governments and to appropriate organisations and bodies, and to promote the proper and responsible use of fertilisers. Following the events of 9/11, the increased awareness of the potential misuse of Ammonium Nitrate prompted Government and the Supply Industry to implement new measures to ensure the safe handling and distribution of Ammonium Nitrate based fertilizer. This is now being implemented in the form of the Fertiliser Industry Assurance Scheme (FIAS).

Product safety data sheets.

Each fertilizer product you use carries a PSDS (Product Safety Data Sheet) that relates to the chemical properties and details information on its composition, hazards and emergency advice. They are required for COSHH assessments. You can download these by clicking.

Group OneAmmonium Nitrate
Group TwoHigh Nitrogen Blends
Group ThreeCalcium Ammonium Nitrate
Group FourBlends Containing 11-23% Nitrogen
Group FiveTrue N, NK & NPK Compounds [not blends]
Group SixUrea & Ammonium Sulphate
Group SevenBlends Containing 1-10% Nitrogen
Group EightBlends Containing 0% Nitrogen & Nitrogen-Free Straights
Group Nine/TenLiquid Fertilisers/Suspension Fertilisers

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Fertiliser Storage and Handling; Advice, regulations and codes of practice.

Handling or Storing Ammonium Nitrate / Hi-AN grades on farm? By law you must comply with various rules and regulations.
However, the various requirements can be complex and change subject to tonnage thresholds; see our easy to follow matrix
Fertiliser storage regulations matrix.

Is my product classified as a hazardous substance under NIHHS regulations? Click here!

For full details of the Key relevant legislation / regulations, click on the appropriate line.

i) The Dangerous Substances (Notification and Marking of Sites) Regulations 1990.

ii) Notification of Installations Handling Hazardous Substances (Amended) Regulations 2002. (NIHHS)

iii) Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 1999. (COMAH)

iv) Planning (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 1992.

v) The Carriage of Dangerous Goods and use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2004.

vi) The Ammonium Nitrate Materials (High Nitrogen Content) Safety Regulations 2003.

HSE publication : Indg storage and handing 230.pdf.
Latest guidelines from the AIC regarding the handling of big bags on farm.
Additionally, farmers are advised of the Fertiliser Storage and handling Code of Practice which is wholly endorsed
by The AIC, NFU and incorporates the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) 10 point plan.

For more useful information and publications regarding safety and fertilizers, please go to and visit their ‘Health & Safety and regulations’ section.

Agricultural Waste Regulations (2006 England & Wales and Scotland).
New regulations covering all forms of agricultural waste will come into effect in 2006; Actual implementation dates will
differ for England & Wales and Scotland; please see the relevant link for the actual details and latest start-date update.

DEFRA (England and Wales)

ENVIRONMENT AGENCY (England and Wales)

SEPA (Scotland)

The website below offers a simple to use, postcode based directory for waste-site operators covering England and Wales.

Soil sampling services & spreader callibration.
Through NRM and Lancrop we are able to offer a wide range of Soil physio-chemical tests to determine soil textural classification, exchange capacity, organic matter and pH.

Contact your local Farm Business manager for details.

Additionally we can put you in touch with spreader manufacturers and specialist callibration service providers.

Useful links; click on the logo