Accidental release of anhydrous ammonia not only results in the loss of valuable nitrogen fertilizer, but can also cause injury to farmers and emergency responders.
To improve ammonia safety when farmers are handling the product, the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA), Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association (IFCA), Illinois Corn Growers Association (ICGA) and Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) have collaborated to develop a detailed web-based training program for farmers.
The program content features video and animation of actual ammonia accidents that occurred in Illinois and detailed instructions on how they could have been prevented. The program's five training modules cover properties of ammonia, personal protective equipment, transportation of ammonia to and from the field, the safe hook-up of ammonia tanks in the field and emergency response and first aid procedures. After completing the training, farmers can take a knowledge assessment to determine their understanding of the material and print a certificate of completion for their records.
The program is free to farmers or anyone who wants to improve their knowledge of ammonia safety.
Get more information here.
Source: Illinois Department of Agriculture