Regulations governing installations and activities using organic solvents, including vehicle refinishers and dry cleaners
OBLIGATIONS FOR BUSINESSES UNDER THE SOLVENT REGULATIONS
- S.I. No.564 of 2012
European Union (Paints, Varnishes, Vehicle Refinishing Products and Activities) Regulations 2012.
- S.I. No. 565 of 2012
European Union (Installations and Activities Using Organic Solvents) Regulations 2012.
These Regulations have been issued to address the harmful effects of solvents on human health and the environment. The Regulations provide the means for controlling emissions of solvent vapours from specified activities from small and medium sized enterprises (non IPPC licence holders).
The following categories of activities fall within the scope of the Regulations.
Manufacturing of Coating Preparations, Varnishes, Inks and Adhesives
Manufacturing of Pharmaceutical Products
Vegetable oil and animal fat extraction and vegetable oil refining activities
Winding Wire Coating
Wood and Plastic Lamination
Paints and Varnishes
Vehicle Refinishing Products
Threshold annual consumption applies for all activities except Dry Cleaning where all commercial activity is covered. For further details on the Regulations, threshold consumption values and definitions of activities please refer to the Regulations available on the EPA website at www.epa.ie/downloads/legislation/air/solvents.
The Regulations require that businesses register with their local authority to obtain a Certificate of Compliance. Obtaining the Certificate of Compliance involves contracting an Approved Assessor to inspect your operations and submitting a resulting Compliant Approved Assessor Report, along with completed registration application form and fee, to the local authority. View the list of Approved Assessors
Please contact the Environment Section, Sligo County Council at 071 9111457 to register your business as specified by the Regulations.
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