Classification of Liquid Fertiliser Products for Storage, Transport and Handling

Rural Liquid Fertilisers (RLF) operates a quality assured liquid fertiliser manufacturing facility in Welshpool, Western Australia. This facility operates under a Dangerous Goods (DG) license issued by the Western Australian Government Department of Mines & Petroleum. The DG license is necessary to meet storage and handling requirements for some of the raw materials kept on the site.

RLF was one of the first Australian specialty liquid fertiliser manufacturers to be ISO 9001 Quality Assured in 1998 and has maintained this QA Certification for 17 years. RLF’s Quality System is independently audited by SGS, one the worlds’ leading audit companies.

RLF remains one of only a small number of ISO 9001 accredited liquid fertiliser manufacturers in Australia today.

As part of RLF’s Quality Program, three departments within the company must assess a formulation prior to the release of a new product. These internal RLF Departments are :
  • Plant Physiology
  • Chemistry
  • Quality Assurance

As part of this process, a risk assessment is performed to determine the product’s classification and labelling requirements for storage, transport and handling in Australia.

When performing this assessment the following codes and legislation must be taken into consideration :
  • Legislation for the classification of Dangerous Goods.
  • Guidelines for the classification of Hazardous Substances.
  • Poison Schedule requirements.

Following this internal process, formulation details of RLF products are submitted to external, independent experts in the area of risk assessment for the creation of product Safety Data Sheets (SDS). The independent experts also validate the classification of the product according to the relevant code and/or legislation.

RLF believes it has a responsibility to provide complete and accurate information to customers regarding the safety aspects of its products. There are many companies selling liquid fertiliser in Australia today that are not ISO 9001 Quality Assured and may not submit their formulations to independent experts for confirmation of safety data.

Many of the industry-leading formulations developed by RLF have a low pH. In the determination of a product as a Dangerous Good (Class 8), the classification is based on the type and concentration of the components in the formulation, not pH. This means that a product, when correctly formulated, can be low pH and not classified as a Dangerous Good.

Unless otherwise stated on the SDS and label, all RLF products are not Dangerous Goods allowing safe and easy transport, storage and handling.

For more information regarding RLF’s Quality Assurance Program please contact our Quality Assurance Manager on

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