Agencies offer safety workshops in anhydrous ammonia use
Reminding agricultural stakeholders that “no question should go unasked when it comes to ammonia compliance and safety,” two state agencies plan anhydrous ammonia safety classes in September for individuals desiring certification as a competent attendant.
The Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association (IFCA) and Illinois Department of Agriculture are co-sponsoring the series. Farmers and affiliated industry organizations who have not yet received information in the mail are invited to register online. Each $65 class runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon and includes lunch.
Dates and locations are: Sept. 19 in Bloomington at Asmark Agricenter; Sept. 20 in Rock Falls at The Days Inn; Sept. 21 in Galesburg at The Best Western; Sept. 22 in Springfield at Poes Catering on the Hill, and Sept. 23 in Charleston at The Unique Suites.
Stakeholders are encouraged to review their employee records to ensure arrangement of proper training updates. Every person who works at an ammonia-related function, including tool bars and equipment handling, should be certified. The training covers requirements for a three-year period before re-certification is needed. Both retail and farm-based ammonia storage facilities are subject to certification regulations.
As well as the safety courses, the Illinois DOA will present three October workshops to review new regulations regarding ammonia and equipment, where industry representatives will participate.
Also from 8:30 a.m. to noon, these free classes will be offered Oct. 4 at Effingham at the KC Hall; Oct. 5 at Bloomington at the Asmark Agricenter, and Oct. 6 at Mendota at the Civic Center.
Those with questions may consult the IFCA compliance guide at www.ifca.org.
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