Mastery Technologies is involved in workplace safety, and after the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, safety in working around anhydrous ammonia has been brought to the forefront, even though it is not considered the product that initiated the explosion.  

Questions will continue to arise about what exactly took place, but answers are not really available at the moment. But Mastery Technologies announced that it is able to provide training courses that cover the basic facts about working with the types of hazardous chemicals that may have been factors in the explosion.

Mastery Technologies publishes online workplace training, and Emergency Film Group, the original content producer of courses, are offering a video on-demand training course, Anhydrous Ammonia, at no charge at until May 22, 2013.

AgProfessional is not endorsing this company or its products, and it is obvious that the company is offering the anhydrous ammonia safety course for free in order to get their foot in the door for selling other training products. But we decided to pass along the Mastery offer in case a company wanted to consider another or refresher perspective on NH3 safety.

This training course reportedly offers basic knowledge, precautions and procedures for encounters with NH3. “Most people recognize ammonia as being readily available at local supermarkets as a common household detergent and disinfectant (ammonium hydroxide). The use of this chemical can be uncomfortable because of its pungent and irritating odor; this characteristic is what it has in common with its close relative, anhydrous ammonia,” the company noted.

Anhydrous (meaning without water) ammonia is a hazardous gas with a distinct odor. The “penetrating odor” is its main characteristic. Its greatest threat to humans is the caustic effect it has; highly harmful and irritating to eyes, the respiratory tract and skin.

No matter what hazardous chemical might be around an ag retailer operation, maintaining awareness of safety procedures for working with them and dealing with emergencies is critical.