Anhydrous Ammonia Inspection

Picture of a crop field

Anhydrous Ammonia (NH3) is a pressurized gas, used as an agricultural fertilizer. NH3 tanks are inspected for compliance with safety requirements. If improperly handled or stored, NH3 can be dangerous.

 

Necessary documentation for the inspection:

  • Equipment list, tank identity
  • Storage facility registration
  • Any other supporting information, repairs problems, etc.

 

What to expect during an inspection:

Anhydrous Ammonia Site should be registered for the current year.Tanks should be inspected annually and written documentation of the inspection should be given to site owner.  An inspection sheet can be downloaded here. Inspectors will be looking for the following.

 

 

Bulk Tanks

  • ANHYDROUS AMMONIA 
    • DECALS
      • Each container or group of containers shall be marked on at least two sides with the words "Anhydrous Ammonia" in sharply contrasting colors with letters not less than four (4) inches high.
         

  • INHALATION HAZARD AMMONIA 
    • DECALS
      • Markings must appear on right and left sides ¿ at least 4 inches in height.
      • Reflective Paint Coat (light, reflective color); no bare or rusty spots
         
    • VALVES
      • Operational Safety Pressure Release Valves (dated within manufacturer's 5 year expiration date); rain cap in place
      • Valves Labeled and/or Painted properly (red=liquid, yellow=vapor)
         
    • EQUIPMENT
      The firm will ensure that all bulk tank locations have the following equipment on-hand.  It is suggested that this equipment is stored separately, away from the tank fill area.  In addition all employees should know where the following items are located.
  1. Face Mask with two unused filter canisters (within expiration date and the manufacturer's protective tape in place.  Tape is to be removed only upon use.)
  2. One full face shield (if not incorporated along with the face mask above)
  3. One pair of protective rubber gloves
  4. One pair of protective rubber boots
  5. One full protective slicker and/or protective pants and jacket
  6. Goggles
  7. At least 50 gallons of water in an open top container (safety shower permitted)

 

Nurse Tanks

  • DECALS
    • ANHYDROUS AMMONIA ... The lettering must appear on all 4 sides in 4" letters. 
    • INHALATION HAZARD .... Markings must appear on right and left sides - at least 2.0 inches in height and 0.24 inches in width.
    • 1005 Placard ........... Markings must appear on all 4 sides (back, right, and left on front-fill tanks.)
    • First Aid Stickers
    • ANSI ... 11.6.2 - each nurse tank shall be equipped with a legible decal listing first aid procedures to follow if injured by ammonia.
    • Caution Stickers 
    • Anhydrous ammonia nurse tanks should always display a slow-moving vehicle sign clearly visible from the rear.
    • Reflective Paint Coat (light, reflective color); no bare or rusty spots
  • VALVES
    • Operational Safety Pressure Release Valves (dated within manufacturer's 5 year expiration date); rain cap in place
    • Valves Labeled and/or Painted properly (red=liquid, yellow=vapor)
    • Operational PSI Gauge with Cover
  • EQUIPMENT
    • Nurse tanks must be have safety chains properly attached to vehicle anytime it is being towed
    • Tires (no excessive damage, no cords showing through)
    • Tank Structure must be sound

 

ALL NURSE TANKS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY FIVE GALLONS OF READILY AVAILABLE CLEAN WATER, ONE PAIR OF GOGGLES AND ONE PAIR OF