South Australia's workplace safety watchdog says ammonium nitrate is heavily monitored and regulated.(Reuters: Tim Wimborne)ShareFacebookTwitterArticle share optionsShare this onFacebookTwitterLinkedInSend this byEmailMessengerCopy linkWhatsAppPrint contentPrint with images and other mediaPrint text onlyPrintCancelSouth Australia's workplace safety watchdog says ammonium nitrate is stored at about 170 locations across South Australia, but that the sites are secure, frequently monitored and pose a low risk.Key points:The major explosion in Beirut occurred at an ammonium nitrate storage facilityThe chemical is held in storage at about 170 sites around South AustraliaSafeWork SA says it the chemical is heavily regulated to mitigate riskThere is a renewed focus on storage of the chemical in Australia in the wake of the huge and deadly explosion in Beirut.The blast rocked the Lebanese capital, killing at least 135 people, injuring almost 4,000, flattening much of the city's port and sending a shock wave that damaged buildings across the city.The safety of ammonium nitrate was previously highlighted in South Australia in 2013, when concerns were raised about the location of a fertiliser plant at Port Adelaide following another deadly blast in Texas.SafeWork SA said there are approximately 170 licensed ammonium nitrate storage sites in South Australia, but that it monitors each of the sites and the manner in which the chemical is handled."All of the ammonium nitrate storages in the state are heavily regulated, heavily controlled and we monitor the condition of the ammonium nitrate stores," SafeWork SA chemicals, hazards and explosive materials expert Natasha Wright said.Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to seek, up and down arrows for volume.WatchDuration: 1 minute 41 seconds1m 41s The huge explosion was filmed by onlookers all over Beirut.Ms Wright said the largest storage facility in SA currently has about 270 tonnes of the chemical, but other sites contained as little as half a kilogram."The largest site in South Australia is in the vicinity of about 10 per cent of what they were talking went up in Beirut," she said."Those stores are limited in nature, but they're also in remote locations."All of those sites have been inspected by,
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