Regulatory Compliance Assessment Tool Helps Retailers Control Risk

The following statement was released by W. Daren Coppock, president of the Agricultural Retailers Association and Ford B. West, president of The Fertilizer Institute:

“The fertilizer industry continues to extend its thoughts and prayers to the people of West, Texas, who are grieving for those in their town who were lost or injured.  We are watching closely as investigators determine what happened and upon a final determination of cause by the Chemical Safety Board we will work together to identify and apply any lessons learned. While that investigation continues, we are reaffirming our commitment to safe operations of fertilizer facilities by alerting the industry to the availability of an important tool to support compliance with existing federal regulations and associated best management practices.

The online Compliance Assessment tool for agricultural retail facilities, developed by the non-profit Asmark Institute, helps control risk and support the continual improvement of a retail dealer’s regulatory compliance effort. We greatly appreciate the Asmark Institute’s willingness to make this tool available free of charge to fertilizer retailers, and we encourage them to join with producers, importers, wholesalers and state fertilizer associations to help increase industry awareness of this and other means of regulatory compliance assistance. It is through the use of tools like this that we are taking steps to redouble our commitment to safety.”

The Compliance Assessment Tool is available here.

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