Proactive Measures Crucial to Safe Storage of Fertilizer
    08/26/2020

    The August 4, 2020, explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, was a deadly reminder of the need for safe storage and handling of crop nutrients.  Ammonium nitrate, highly regulated at the state and federal level, is used by farmers and food producers to grow the world’s food, fuel and fiber. Because of its agronomic and environmental benefits, it is primarily used on pastureland, hay, fruit and vegetable crops.

    When handled in accordance with U.S. regulation, ammonium nitrate fertilizers are safe. Incidents involving ammonium nitrate are rare, but improper storage and handling can have severe consequences.

    In general, storage conditions are crucial to the safety and stability of the ammonium nitrate. Further, materials co-located or stored with ammonium nitrate may play a role in its sensitivity to explosion.

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) issued an advisory to improve chemical risk management, advance ammonium nitrate safety, and protect human health and the environment.

    Persons engaged in the handling, storage, movement and management of ammonium nitrate must be aware of the material’s hazards and work to avoid conditions that lead to explosions. Measures that facility owner/operators should take include:

    • Avoid heating ammonium nitrate prills in a confined space
    • Ensure that ammonium nitrate is not exposed to strong shock waves from explosives
    • Avoid contamination of ammonium nitrate with combustible materials or organic substances such as packing materials, dust, seed, oils and waxes
    • Avoid contamination of ammonium nitrate with inorganic materials that may contribute to its sensitivity to explosion, including chlorides and some finely divided metals, such as aluminum powder, chromium, copper, alloys of copper, cobalt and nickel

    The advisory provides detailed guidance on storage building design, storing ammonium nitrate in bags, drums, or other containers, storage in bulk and fire protection.

    Owners and operators of facilities holding ammonium nitrate should ensure that emergency responders are aware of the ammonium nitrate's hazards. They should also be proactive and reach out to local emergency response officials to ensure that responders understand the hazards of ammonium nitrate and relevant characteristics of the facility.

    Fire services should regularly visit any facility reporting ammonium nitrate and review the conditions of storage and manner of handling for compliance with state and federal regulations. Fire service and other emergency responders should develop a pre-incident plan and make a note of the specific location(s), amounts, and packaging of stored ammonium nitrate.

    Is your organization following safe handling and storage practices? Contact a member of our agribusiness team for more information and resources to ensure compliance with environmental, safety, security, and health regulations to keep employees, customers and communities safe.

    09/28/2020
    LAKE MARY, FL – September 21, 2020 – AssuredPartners Inc is pleased to announce the acquisition of Red Insure Limited and Everest Risk Management Limited. The transaction is subject to customary approval by the Financial Conduct Authority and the deal terms have not been disclosed. Co-founded by Neil...
    Read

    09/23/2020
    LAKE MARY, FL – September 23, 2020 – AssuredPartners, Inc. of Lake Mary, FL is pleased to announce that it has entered into a definitive agreement with People’s United Bank, N.A, a subsidiary of People's United Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: PBCT), to acquire People’s United Insurance...
    Read

    09/09/2020
    LAKE MARY, FL – September 9, 2020 – AssuredPartners, Inc. today announced the settlement of two lawsuits currently pending in Delaware between one of its affiliates, AssuredPartners of Virginia, LLC, and two former employees, Patrick Sheehan and Mark Sheehan. All parties deny the allegations raised...
    Read

    08/27/2020
    Allyson Olver accepts promotion to become Senior Vice President - National Personal Lines Practice Leader LAKE MARY, FL – August 27, 2020 – AssuredPartners, Inc. is proud to announce that Allyson Olver will assume the role of Senior Vice President and National Leader for Personal Lines Practice for...
    Read

    08/24/2020
    Seattle based Lawyers Professional Liability Broker Joins National Team LAKE MARY, FL – August 24, 2020 – AssuredPartners, Inc. is pleased to announce the acquisition of Seattle, WA based Mainstreet Financial Services, Inc. The dedicated team of 11 professional liability experts currently report...
    Read

    08/20/2020
    Illinois based Surety Broker Joins National Team LAKE MARY, FL – August 20, 2020 – Marking the 25th acquisition in 2020 for AssuredPartners, Dohn & Maher Associates of Palatine, IL will join the national broker. The dedicated team of 7 surety and insurance specialists will remain under the...
    Read

    08/18/2020
    California based Insurance Team Joins National Broker LAKE MARY, FL – August 18, 2020 – AssuredPartners, Inc. is delighted to announce Hatter, Williams & Purdy Insurance Marketing, Inc. of Carlsbad, CA has joined AssuredPartners. The devoted team of 15 will remain under the operational leadership...
    Read

    08/13/2020
    Continued Expansion in California for National Broker LAKE MARY, FL – August 13, 2020 – AssuredPartners, Inc. is pleased to announce the acquisition of Wilson Paves & Associates Insurance Agency, Inc. of Bakersfield, CA. The talented team of 12 will be under the operational leadership of...
    Read

    07/15/2020
    LAKE MARY, FL – July 15, 2020 – AssuredPartners, Inc. is pleased to announce ENV Insurance Agency, LLC of Liverpool, NY has joined AssuredPartners. The dedicated team of 26 will remain under the operational leadership of Ed Vaughn and Terry Engels. The agency currently reports $7.5 million in...
    Read

    07/09/2020
    LAKE MARY, FL – July 9, 2020 – AssuredPartners, Inc. is pleased to announce ENV Property & Casualty, LLC of Liverpool, NY has joined AssuredPartners. The team of 14 will remain under the operational leadership of John Levanti and Joe Morelli. The agency currently reports $2.5 million in annualized...
    Read