Fertilisers can be classified as either non-hazardous, hazardous and/or a dangerous good.

The classification level is dependent on the harmful effects to people and the environment, either directly through toxic effects, or indirectly through causing fire or hazardous reactions.

We recommend following these handling and safety guidelines to protect yourself and others: 

Handling guidelines 

  • Reduce contamination risk by cleaning foreign material from bulk carriers prior to loading fertiliser. 
  • Avoid fertiliser spillage during transport. 
  • Securely cover all bulk loads of fertiliser to protect from weather conditions and environmental risk. 
  • Ensure all fertiliser classified as a dangerous good is transported in accordance with the relevant transport regulation and provisions in the Australian Dangerous Goods Code. 
  • Observe and adhere to the relevant transport regulation limit on load size. 

Safe work practices 

Prolonged and repeated exposure to hazardous fertilisers can cause allergic skin reactions, damage to organs, infertility and cancer. To ensure your safety, we recommend wearing the following PPE (personal protective equipment) when handling fertiliser: 

  • Dust-proof googles 
  • PVC or rubber gloves 
  • Coveralls when in high-contamination environments 
  • Class P1 (Particulate) respirator in high-dust environments 

For more detailed safety information relating to specific fertiliser products, search and download from our extensive library of safety data sheets. We also recommend reading our best practice guide to storing fertilisers and advice round recent product classification changes. 

By Mark Robinson
- Senior Product Manager

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