Gary Smith

President & CEO

Scott Melton

Chief of Training & Operations

Lorraine Churchill

Emergency Manager

Amanda Meyers

Office Manager

Kirsten Melton

Office Assistant

Mauricio Cebada

Multimedia and IT Manager


Changing fact and theory into meaningful training content; our class members are attentive and they retain our training very well. ASTI training engages a very technical curriculum (meeting OSHA 1910.120 (q) requirements).

We use the lowest common denominators to teach so that the class members develop a base foundation to build on as they engage and take in more technical information about safety and emergency response.

State of the art training materials – We use interesting video clips, colorful workbooks that require students to fill in key information as we lecture, and a lot of character, allowing SAL Monia and LANCE (safety and readiness super-hero) to speak to the class; we constantly improve and add hands on skill building and a quality real world relationship to the training subject.

We recently introduced computer generated simulations where releases, rescue needs and emergency action can be played out as a realistic video; we use digital pictures of our customer facilities to promote a facility specific training experience. The training themes are well organized and they connect – starting with chemical/physical characteristics and then moving to hazard analysis and risk management we teach how to read and respect the powers of ammonia.

We preach a “prevent them all” approach with emphasis on PMP and connect that logic to a response strategy that has appropriate PPE and SOPs so that when an incident occurs the response team is ready to “stop it small” (using LANCE and SIMPLE). The major event strategy includes methods of working with public safety using the 30 Minute Plan.

Creating strategy and tactics that work appropriately for ammonia users and public safety is critical for developing relationships that work in the long term; when the roles and expectations are clear and accepted by all of the players the resulting action will be effective.

ASTI recognizes that the strategy for the facility readiness to engage for on-site control must mix with the public safety mission to stop off-site problems. This is why “stop them small” is a priority for the on-site teams, while the 30 Minute Plan is critical for the larger incident that threatens off-site community and environment.

Our ability to do live releases: Seeing is believing and we show key points about ammonia such as reaction with water, tarp and cover, shelter in place, positive pressure ventilation, monitoring an ammonia release, etc. We use this experience with industrial ammonia users, public safety, regulators, and community leaders so that they will understand the true hazards and risks and act appropriately.

The sponsorship of these industry-leading companies helps us continue our mission to make ammonia (NH3) the safest managed hazardous material in the world. We invite you to learn more about them and the benefits of becoming an ASTI sponsor. 

About ASTI

Established in 1987, the Ammonia Safety & Training Institute (ASTI) is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to making ammonia (NH3) the safest managed hazardous material in the world. Bringing together leaders from industry and public safety organizations with hundreds of years of combined experience, ASTI provides safety management support through effective use of Prevention, Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery (PMPRR) training. All courses meet OSHA standards.