Business owners feel justifiably burdened by the weight of environmental compliance legislation and let’s face it, there’s always something more important to do so, we at Linkilaw like to be super helpful and this is our quick fire guide to the recent environmental regulations you really should be aware of.
Control Of Asbestos Regulations 2012
Recent environmental regulations came into force in 2012 addressing the European Commission’s view that the UK had not fully implemented an EU Directive on exposure to asbestos.
Were your building premises built or refurbished prior to 2000? If so, think about organising an asbestos survey and taking advice on an asbestos management plan and compliance recording procedures. The HSE has published some useful guidelines here.
In addition to the obvious health risks, your business faces a hefty fine and legal costs for non-compliance. In April last year, Drewhaven Ltd were fined £39,000 plus costs at Isleworth Crown Court.
The EU Waste Framework Directive provides the legislative framework for the collection, transport, recovery and disposal of waste. There are also measures on how waste must be recovered and disposed of without endangering human health or causing harm to the environment. This includes permit, registration and inspection requirements.
Do you have a nominated waste carrier?
Do you have management systems in place to document waste transfer notes, invoices and carrier certification?
From 1st January 2015, waste collection authorities must collect waste paper, metal, plastic and glass separately. There is also now a duty on waste collection authorities when making arrangements for the collection. The gov.uk website has further details.
There are also new rules for businesses, public and third sector organisations and individuals involved in the sale, purchase and disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment. You may need to join a compliance scheme or register with the Environment Agency. Guidance notes can be found here.
Producer Responsibility (Packaging Waste)
Does your business have a turnover of more than £2m and handle 50t of packaging material per year?
If so, the regulations apply to you and a step-by-step environmental management guide has been published by the Environment Agency.
You will also need to register directly with the National Packaging Waste Database or join a compliance scheme.
Energy Performance Of Buildings
These regulations introduced the required for Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs), Display Energy Certificates (DECs) and Air Conditioning Inspections (ACIR) in certain circumstances.
Does your property have an air conditioning system over 12kW?
If so, you need an inspection every 5 years.
Environmental Damage (Prevention and Remediation) – New Regulations
Does your business hold an environmental permit or store oil or chemicals? Ensure that sound reporting procedures are in place.
Disasters such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill emphasise the importance of cross border measures to prevent and control the impact of environmental damage. The 2015 regulations are due to come into effect on 19th July 2015.
Control Of Pollution (Oil Storage) – New Regulations
The Oil Storage Regulations will apply if your business stores over 200 litres of oil, petrol or solvents above ground. You can face a fine of up to £5000 if you don’t follow the storage regulations.
Final Words: Recent Environmental Regulations
Environmental regulations and compliance is a legal requirement all businesses must adhere to. We get that it can be overwhelming but with this blog post, you at least know 6 of the most important to comply with.
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