By Fertilizer Canada
March 12, 2019

New CAN Security Code of Practice Offers Unified Best Practices for Retailers, Handlers

Members of Fertilizer Canada continue to demonstrate their commitment to the safe and secure handling and storage of products through the development of the new Calcium Ammonium Nitrate (CAN) Security Code of Practice. This Code joins the Anhydrous Ammonia and Ammonium Nitrate Codes of Practice, which set mandatory compliance for members.

Retailers and distributors of Calcium Ammonium Nitrate have an opportunity to demonstrate their own commitment to product security by getting certified under the CAN Security Code in 2019.

Fertilizer Canada developed this new Code to ensure the secure handling, transportation, storage and sale of CAN in Canada. Compliance is mandatory for members of Fertilizer Canada, but the Code offers guidance on standardized best practices for any entity that deals with the product. Verified by third-party audits, Fertilizer Canada’s Codes of Practice create industry-led solutions to product safety and security and demonstrates the industry’s commitment to stringent standards.

Created as a proactive response to anticipated regulatory requirements following a review of the Explosives Regulations (formerly the Restricted Components Regulations) by the federal government, the Code was developed by fertilizer manufacturers, distributors and agri-retailers with input from relevant government agencies.

Implementation of the CAN Security Code of Practice began January 1, 2019, with a certification deadline of December 31, 2019. Interested sites should aim to be audited by September in order to get certified by the deadline.

The CAN Security Code of Practice is supported by educational resources, such as Fertilizer Canada’s CAN Security eLearning course, which provides the necessary tools and knowledge for the safe and secure storage and handling of CAN.

Visit to learn more about the CAN Security Code of Practice, or contact the Agrichemical Warehousing Standards Association (AWSA) at 1-877-236-2972 or to schedule an audit.  


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