Customer Health and Safety
Our Australian fertiliser products comply with Fertilizer Australia Codes of Practice, including the National Code of Practice for Fertilizer Description and Labelling.
This code of practice aims to achieve uniform description and labelling of fertilisers across Australia. The label provides advice on the product’s nutrient content, and the maximum concentration of impurities that may impact on soil concentrations of the element, plant growth, the health of grazing animals, food safety, and the marketability of farm produce.
Safety Data Sheets (SDS), which comply with the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) and meet the requirements of the Australian Dangerous Goods Code and Safe Work Australia criteria, are available for all range products. The SDS include advice on the safe use, storage and handling of the product, and its disposal. Labels are attached to the package, or the Delivery Docket for bulk deliveries. Label information and SDS can also be accessed on the Incitec Pivot Fertilisers website, along with other technical information, including advice on Farm Safety when handling Bulk Bags and storing fertiliser in silos, information on product density and sizing, and the company’s Quality Policy, which is included for use in our farming customers’ Quality Assurance programs.
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 (SDS) or directly to the customer via training sessions. Our Australian labelling complies with the requirements of the SafeWork Australia Code of Practice for Labelling of Workplace Hazardous Chemicals and our Australian SDS comply with the requirements of SafeWork Australia. Our North American labelling meets the requirements of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) and our North American SDS comply with the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) for products destined for the mining industry.
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. Our Dyno Nobel business in Asia Pacific is a founding member of the Australian Explosives Industry and Safety Group (AEISG), which is an associate member of the IME. The Group produces Codes of Practice that promote best industry practices regarding safety and security, and has a seat as an NGO at the Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Our sites are also managed under our own strict health, safety and environmental management system.