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Fertiliser Security

Terrorist groups around the world have for many years misused fertilisers to make explosive devices. Now producers and suppliers of many chemical-based fertilizers have joined forces with national agencies to promote better awareness and enhance safer trading.

Safe Storage of Fertiliser

To secure fertiliser, there are many simple measures which if taken may prevent a theft - for more information please visit the National Counter Terrorism Security Office website.

Recommended practices:

  • Do not store fertiliser where there is public access.
  • Do not leave fertiliser in the field overnight.
  • Do not store fertiliser near to or visible from the public highway.
  • Do not sell fertiliser unless the purchaser is known to you as a legitimate farmer and is aware of the need to follow the guidance as listed in the fertiliser.
  • Record fertiliser deliveries and usage.
  • Wherever possible, and with regard to Health and Safety Executive, store fertiliser inside a locked building or compound.
  • When fertiliser is stored outside, check it has not been tampered with.
  • Carry out regular stock checks.
  • Report any losses or suspicious activity immediately to the police.
  • Record manufacturer code and the number of the detonation resistance test certificate.

Counter terrorism is not usually associated with rural communities, but certain chemicals like fertilisers, diesel, herbicides and pesticides, which are stored in large quantities on farms, can be misused to devastating effect.

Visit the website Secure Your Fertiliser for further security related advice.

If you feel that your company could benefit from counter terrorism security advice you can contact us through this form.