Customer Health and Safety

Our Fertiliser business complies with Australian state-based product labelling legislation and follows the National Code of Practice for Fertilizer Description and Labelling, developed by Fertilizer Australia.

 

This code of practice aims to achieve uniform description and labelling of fertilisers across Australia. We provide documentation and advice to our customers about:

• Product nutrient and impurity content, particularly with regard to substances that might produce an environmental or social impact.

• Safe use, storage and handling of the product.

• Disposal of the product and environmental/social impacts, as required by the appropriate laws in the countries in which we supply fertilisers.

This advice is supplied on our website, on the product label, in the Safety Data Sheet (SDS)

or directly to the customer. Each SDS complies with the requirements of Safe Work Australia, and which include the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals and the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code.

 

Our explosives business is transitioning to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals and produces SD Sheets which comply with the requirements of the countries in which we operate. 

 

We provide support to our explosives customers to assist them in choosing the right product and blast plan to minimise environmental impacts. In addition to providing information about the technical aspects of the use of our explosives products, our technical support teams and our Dyno Consult business provide documentation and advice to our customers about:

• Product content, particularly with regard to substances that might produce an environmental or social impact.

• Safe use, storage and handling of the product.

• Disposal of the product as required by applicable law.

This advice is supplied on our websites, on the product label, in the Safety Data Sheet (SD Sheets) or directly to the customer via training sessions. In Australia, our SD Sheets comply with the requirements of Safe Work Australia. SD Sheets for products that are supplied in the United States comply with the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) for products destined for the mining industry as well as the requirements of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals.

 

Assessments for new explosives products

 

New or modified explosives products are typically developed by our research and development team in conjunction with specific customers as directed by the Global Product Management teams. As such, the life cycle stages in which health and safety impacts of those products are assessed are dependent upon the customer’s requirements. For explosives products, typically this would be focused on the impact of product use, with the assessment included in trials. Dyno Nobel’s product development protocol requires all products to be blasted in pipes at our R&D test sites prior to being fired in the ground. Minimum booster testing and Velocity of Detonation (VoD) measurement provide important information on the performance of the explosive product and blast chamber testing is also conducted at our R&D test facility in the US to verify the gas components generated.

 

Site and distribution security

 

Many of the explosive products we manufacture, and some of the fertilisers we manufacture and distribute are classified as security-sensitive and/or dangerous goods and as such, their storage, distribution and sale is regulated by Federal, State and sometimes local governments in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Australia. We meet our regulatory compliance and licensing obligations surrounding those products, with internal procedures and training in place for our employees. We keep abreast of regulatory developments in this area and are committed to working with government and key stakeholders to ensure ongoing security. This year our Dyno Nobel business in North America worked closely with the Institute of Makers of Explosives (IME) on the Safety and Security Guidelines for Ammonium Nitrate, promoting best industry practices for minimising security and safety risk. In addition our sites are also managed under our own strict health, safety and environmental management system.