Fertiliser storage regulations
The Dangerous Substances (notification and marking of sites) Regulations 1990 (referred to as the NAMOS Regulations), require the person in control of any site or premise where a total quantity of 25 tonnes or more of dangerous substances are used or stored, or are to become used or stored, to give written notification to both the Fire Service and the health and safety executive.
Guidance on regulations
- The Dangerous Substances (Notification and Marking of Sites) Regulations 1990
- The Dangerous Substances (Notification and Marking of Sites) Regulations 1990 - A brief guide on an amendment to the Regulations 2013
The health and safety executive is the enforcing authority for notification of the storage of dangerous substances and once notified, the fire authority is the enforcing authority for the marking of sites with warning signs. The fire authority is also responsible for giving directions as to the quantity, type and location of signs.
A dangerous substance is any substance which is dangerous for conveyance within the meaning of the Chemicals (hazard information and packaging) Regulations 1993.
Further information can be found on the HSE Website.
What and how do I notify?
To inform Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service about the storage or use of dangerous substances:
- Download and complete this form
- Send it to us electronically at firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to the address below.
- You will also need to send it to your local HSE
On receipt of notification a member of one of our 'area risk teams' will contact you in order to conduct an assessment of your site and signs. If you have previously notified us and there is subsequently a change in conditions, or storage of dangerous substances stops you should contact us again.
Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service
Operations and Communications Centre
If you store or handle fertiliser, you must secure it to prevent it from being stolen. This covers a range of people from importers and manufacturers to hauliers and agricultural contractors.
Regardless of the amount, it is your responsibility to take appropriate security measures and be vigilant.
All sites having present at any one time a quantity of 25 tonnes or more of dangerous substances must display signs bearing the exclamation mark symbol, as defined by BS 5378 (as superseded by BS 5499 Part 5 2002), at such places as will give adequate warning to firefighters before entering the site in an emergency.
Location safety signs must be displayed as directed by the inspecting officer (the station manager or, in the case of retained stations, the risk manager of the station ground in which the site is situated).
The inspecting officer must be satisfied that only signs necessary in order to warn firefighters in an emergency that dangerous substances are present are asked for, and displayed accordingly. The intention of these signs is to give firefighters information of significant hazards within a site.
When necessary and where there is only one dangerous substance or there are two or more dangerous substances with the same classification at any one location, a single sign bearing the correct classification symbol will be displayed together with the hazard warning text.
Where there are two or more dangerous substances with different classifications at any one location a single sign bearing the exclamation mark symbol will be displayed together with the hazard warning text 'dangerous substance'.
All location signs must be displayed in places that will give adequate warning to firefighters before entering any danger area in an emergency.
The person in control of the site shall, so far as is reasonably practicable, ensure that any safety signs displayed at the site are kept clean and free from obstruction.