Revised Solvents Regulations and Decorative Paints Regulations 2013

Revised regulations on decorative paints and solvents were published on January 1st 2013. 

  • Re-sprayers and dry cleaners are required by law to register with their local authority, and have their premises inspected to ensure that they use appropriate products, dispose of waste in an appropriate manner and take measures to protect the environment.

The EPA is now responsible for the appointment of a panel of approved assessors who will carry out the assessment of compliance with the regulations at relevant installations.

  • This panel is required to be in place by September 30th 2013. 
  • In the interim, the EPA has appointed an assessor ( see the EPA web pages for Decorative Paints and Solvents and operators are obliged to continue to hold up-to-date certification during the interim period.

Further updates on the development of the panel of inspection bodies will be publicised over the coming weeks through revisions to the existing EPA websites for these Decorative Paints regulations and Solvents Regulations.

Those interested in progress towards implementing the new regulations should regularly check these websites.

Revised regulations on decorative paints:

  • Limitation of Volatile Organic Compounds due to the use of organic solvents in certain paints, varnishes and vehicle refinishing products regulations 2007. S.I. No.  199 of 2007 is replaced by S.I. No. 564 of 2012 – European Union (Paints, Varnishes, Vehicle Refinishing Products and Activities) Regulations 2012.  S.I. No. 564 of 2012.

Revised regulations on solvents:

  • Emissions of volatile organic compounds from organic solvents regulations 2002, S.I. No. 543 of 2002 is replaced by S.I. No. 565 of 2012 – European Union (Installations and Activities Using Organic Solvents) Regulations 2012. S.I. No. 165 of 2010 is also revoked. S.I. No. 186 of 2012 is also revoked.

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