October, 2016

201601OctAll DayRisk and Safety Management of Ammonium Nitrate fertilizerLoss Prevention Bulletin Origin: IChemE Language:EN


Zsuzsanna Gyenes analyses some of the major disasters in the ammonium nitrate fertilizer industry (including Oppau, 95 years ago, and Toulouse, 15 years ago) to emphasise the importance of remembering and learning from past mistakes.

This paper is aimed at keeping the memory of disasters alive, assuming that risk awareness and implementation of safety measures are facilitated by case histories.

There have been several accidents and a few disasters in the ammonium nitrate fertilizer industry, and it is worthwhile to review these from time to time, beyond the regulation and practice changes which they triggered.


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