When is a solvent not a solvent

Or more importantly when is a solvent a solvent as defined in legislation and what are the implications for your business.

ECOS Environmental Scientist
  • “IED Directive” DIRECTIVE 2010/75/EU OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 24 November 2010 on industrial emissions (integrated pollution prevention and control)
  • “VOC Directive”DIRECTIVE 2004/42/CE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 21 April 2004 on the limitation of emissions of volatile organic compounds due to the use of organic solvents in certain paints and varnishes and vehicle refinishing products and amending Directive 1999/13/EC

Which legislation is relevant and how it may apply to your business is dependant upon:

  • How much solvent you use
  • Various thresholds: 0.5 tonnes, 2 tonnes, 5 tonnes,10 tonnes, 20 tonnes, 200 tonnes 
  • What you use it for 
    • Surface Coating (EPA Act/ IED)
    • Everything Else (Solvent Regulations)

If you use solvents, it is likely that either the Solvent Regulations 2012 or EPA Act will apply to you.

  • The Solvent Regulations are aimed at solvent users who use between 1 tonne and 10 tonnes per year.  Such users must obtain a Certificate of Compliance from their local authority.  This certificate is valid for three years. 
  • To obtain this Certificate, the user must have air emissions monitoring carried out and a Solvent Management Plan prepared. 
  • The EPA Act is aimed at large solvent users who are over 10 tonnes of solvent per year and these users will require an IPPC licence.

If you are unsure as to whether these regulations apply to you, or need advice in relation to solvents managemnt, please contact us.

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