Store anhydrous ammonia safely

Store anhydrous ammonia safely

Once you’ve completed anhydrous ammonia applications for the spring season, the work isn’t over. You’ll want to ensure you’re storing anhydrous safely while it waits until the next application. It’s a hazardous chemical that must be dealt with very carefully.

Here are some tips to keep in mind when storing anhydrous ammonia:

  • Ensure all facilities, equipment and installations meet with federal, state, and local codes and regulations.
  • Use stainless steel totes, avoiding moisture.
  • N-Serve® nitrogen stabilizer must be stored in a closed handling system to prevent spillage to items that may not be compatible.
  • A storage temperature of 18 F or higher must be maintained to avoid crystallization.
  • Pumping units must be flushed with kerosene at the end of the season.
  • Always follow specifications for tanks and trailers.
  • Inspect tanks and trailers, looking for dents, thinning, corrosion, paint issues, placard issues, loose anchor bolts, etc.
  • Change relief valves within five years of the date of manufacture.
  • Fully empty everything and drop the pressure to zero when making repairs.

The tips listed above are just a few of the many safety measures you’ll want to take when dealing with anhydrous ammonia. You can find more safety information on the CDC website: here.

If you experience an accident with anhydrous ammonia, you’ll want to report that to the National Response Center immediately at 800-424-8802.