Video:Anhydrous Ammonia Field Safety

To go with our series on spring safety I thought I’d share this video from the Ohio Extension. OSU has one of the best ag safety programs out there and they make some great videos, so if you have time I’d recommend browsing through their Youtube channel. There haven’t been any reports in the database related to anhydrous yet, but I know a few people personally who have had close calls over the years.

With anhydrous, personal protective equipment is very important. Several of the close calls I know of easily could have been serious injury if the person involved hadn’t been wearing the proper protective equipment. Investing in goggles or ideally a full-face mask is a good idea since anhydrous can do a lot of damage to eyes very quickly. (As a side note they’re also amazing if you have bad allergies like I do and need to deal with mold or mow ragweed) I’m including a link to one of the nicer kits I found online. It’s a little bit more expensive, but it looks like it comes with several cartridges and a storage case. The case is important because it keeps dust and debris out of the mask and because less air flowing through the cartridge, the longer it will last. If you get a mask that doesn’t come with a case, definitely store it in some kind of container to help make it last as long as possible!

Here is the respirator link:

https://www.globalindustrial.com/p/safety/breathing/cartridge-respirators/anhydrous-ammonia-respiratory-kit-sr-200

Also remember that anhydrous is flammable, explosive, and forms corrosive solutions when mixed with water. Carrying several gallons of water is recommended in case a person comes in contact with the anhydrous, but if a fire happens it’s best to leave the area and call in the professionals due to the explosive potential. This is especially true if a fire happens near a storage area.

If you’d like some additional information, I’m including links to a more detailed safety article and to the CDC’s hazardous materials sheet for anhydrous at the bottom of the page. If you can deal with the super technical writing style, the CDC hazard sheets are really great for learning about the hazards of almost any chemical and how to avoid them. Enjoy the video!

Here is the link to a more detailed article:

https://articles.extension.org/pages/63196/anhydrous-ammonia-safety

And here is the link to the CDC hazardous materials sheet:

https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/ershdb/emergencyresponsecard_29750013.html