It is the fertiliser user’s responsibility to ensure they have adequate information about any fertiliser product they intend to use and the potential risks its use may pose to the environment. Fertiliser companies have safety data sheets available.
Information required for good understanding of potential environmental risks arising from the use of any fertiliser product includes:
- name of the fertiliser material
- nutrient content (including N, P, K, S, Mg proportions)
- physical characteristics (e.g. liquid, solid, particle size range, blended/compound)
- particular hazards associated with the product – e.g. chemical compatibility (also with reference to storage requirements), hygroscopic characteristics, solubility and dust.