Fire or explosion in the use of anhydrous ammonia

Published on: February 17, 2022

Anhydrous ammonia is a flammable and colourless gas used in skating rinks, supermarkets, food and beverage manufacturing, and other operations.

At higher concentrations and with ineffective controls in place, a fire or explosion in these workplaces can occur. Further, the inhalation and corrosive effects of ammonia can harm workers in the event of an accidental release. As an employer you need to know if there is the potential for the risk identified in this advisory to be present in your workplace. It’s your responsibility to regularly inspect your workplace, and to ensure that your safety procedures and practices control the risk.

Our new risk advisory, Fire and explosion in the use of anhydrous ammonia, reviews the contributing factors and provides guidance to develop safe procedures to reduce risks.