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UK - Chemical Related Legislation and Directives

UK - Chemical Related Legislation and Directives

Chemical Legislation (alphabetical order)


                Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road Regulations 1996 SI 2095
Sets out rules on the types of container and vehicle that may be used for transporting dangerous goods by road, and rules for loading and unloading.

CHIPS    Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations 2009 SI 716
Sets outs a new system for the classification, labelling and packaging of hazardous chemicals. Revokes and amends Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations 2002/1689, 2005/2571, 2008/2337.

COMAH   Control Of Major Accident Hazards Regulation 1999 SI 743   
Places greater responsibility on users of dangerous substances to prevent accidents and to limit their effect on people and the environment. Users must have an accident prevention policy and an on-site emergency plan.
COMAH    Control of Major Accident Hazards (Amendment) Regulations 2005 SI 1088
Amends 1999/743 with changes to requirements for accident plans and policies.
COMAH    Control of Major Accident Hazard (Amendment) Regulations 2008 SI 1087  
Amends 1999/743 to correct errors.   

COSHH    Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 SI 2677   
Requires employers to assess the risks of, prevent or control exposure to hazardous substances and monitor employees’ exposure. Also places duties on employees concerning their own protection from such exposure.   
COSHH    Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (Amendment) Regulations 2003 SI 978
Amends 2002/2677 by adding new definitions and additional hazardous substances   
COSHH    Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (Amendment) Regulations 2004 SI 3386
Amends 2002/2677 by introducing new exposure limits and amending the duty to review control measures.   
DSEAR    Dangerous Substance Explosive Atmosphere Regulation 2002
Requires employers to assess the risks of, Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres. To take corrective actions to eliminate risk and both inform and train employees how to handle, work or operate in such atmospheres.          

REACH    Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation & Restriction of CHemicals (REACH)

Oil Storage Regulation

The Oil storage regulation became effective in 2004, There may be slight variations to be considered geographically.

Oil Storage Regulation

Waste Legislation

             Environment Act 1995
The Environment Act 1995 set up the Environment Agency (EA) in England and Wales and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) in Scotland, to protect the environment and manage resources.

              Hazardous Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2005 SI 894
Details requirements for controlling and tracking the movement of hazardous waste and bans mixing different types of hazardous waste.

              Hazardous Waste (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2009 SI 507
Amends 2005/894 by increasing the maximum limit of hazardous waste that can be produced in any year without registering with the regulator from 200kg to 500kg. Parts of the 2005 Regulations that were not clear are also explained.

               Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009 SI 890 (Adobe PDF - 275KB)
Establishes a legal framework and schemes for collecting, treating and recycling portable, industrial and vehicle batteries. Applies to all types of batteries except when used for military and space equipment. 

WEEE     Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE)
These Regulations may be cited as the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (Waste Management Licensing) (England and Wales) Regulations 2006 and came into force on 5th January 2007

UK - Equipment Related Legislation

UK - Equipment Related Legislation

SMSR         The Supply of Machinery Safety Regulation 2008

LOWLER    The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1999   


UK - Employee Related Work Safety Legislation

UK - Environmental Legislation, Directives and PPG Guidelines

UK - Environmental Legislation, Directives and PPG Guidelines

Chemicals Pollution Prevention Guidelines

Pollution Prevention Guidelines (PPGs), produced by the Environment Agency, Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) and SEPA outline businesses’ statutory responsibilities and guidance on good practice to reduce pollution risk. Each PPG is targeted at a particular industrial sector or activity and applies across the UK.

The PPGs listed below are those that are likely to be of most interest if your business is involved in chemicals manufacture.   
PPG 1      General guide to the prevention of pollution (Adobe PDF – 95.8KB)
PPG 2      Above ground oil storage tanks (Adobe PDF - 505KB)
PPG 3      Use and design of oil separators in surface water drainage systems (Adobe PDF – 78.6KB)
PPG 4      Treatment and disposal of sewage where no foul sewer is available (Adobe PDF – 244KB)
PPG 5      Works and maintenance in or near water (Adobe PDF – 894KB)
PPG 6      Working at construction and demolition sites (Adobe PDF - 8.9MB)   
PPG 7      Refuelling facilities (Adobe PDF – 506KB)
PPG 8      Safe storage and disposal of used oils (Adobe PDF – 76KB)
PPG 13     Vehicle washing and cleaning (Adobe PDF – 175KB)
PPG 14
     has been withdrawn. For guidance on preventing pollution from marinas and crafts, see:   
British Marine Federation: Environmental Code of Practice for marine businesses, sailing clubs and training centres
The Green Blue: Self Assessment Environmental Toolkit   
PPG 18     Managing fire water and major spillages (Adobe PDF – 131KB)
PPG 21     Pollution incident response planning (Adobe PDF – 318KB)
PPG 22     Incident response - dealing with spills (Adobe PDF - 549KB)
PPG 23     Maintenance of structures replaced by PPG 5 (Adobe PDF – 894KB)
PPG 26     Drums and intermediate bulk containers (Adobe PDF - 351KB)
PPG 27     Installation, decommissioning and removal of underground storage tanks (Adobe PDF – 95.3KB)
Withdrawn PPGs   
PPGs 11, 15 and 16      Have been withdrawn. In England and Wales, use the Environment Agency's 10-point checklist instead.

Water Legislation  

This page provides links to the full text of key pieces of water environmental legislation that may affect your business in England. The websites hosting the legislation may list amendments separately.   
Water legislation for England aims to control water quality. It covers discharges to sewers, surface waters and groundwater, water abstraction and impounding and the protection of water against agricultural nitrate pollution.   
If you are setting up an environmental management system (EMS) for your business, you can use this list to start compiling your legal register. Your legal adviser or environmental consultant will be able to tell you if other environmental legislation apply.   
Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) (England) Regulations 2001 SI 2954
Imposes general requirements for preventing pollution of controlled waters from oil storage, particularly fixed tanks or mobile bowsers. Makes contravention a criminal offence.   
Environmental Damage (Prevention and Remediation) Regulations 2009 SI 153
Brings into force rules to force polluters to prevent and repair damage to water systems, land quality, species and their habitats and protected sites. The polluter does not need to be prosecuted first, so remedying the damage will be faster.   
Water Act 2003
Sets out the framework for abstraction licensing, regulates impoundments, increases competition in water supply and includes measures for drought management and flood defence work in England and Wales.   
Water Resources Act 1991
Requires licences for abstraction and impoundment of water, and establishes flood defence committees. Provides for works notices and water protection zones.   
Water Resources Act 1991 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Regulations 2009 SI 3104

Amends Water Resources Act 1991 by extending the use of Water Protection Zones and Works Notices, in particular to deal with harm to aquatic ecosystems caused by the physical characteristics of a water course such as the condition of river banks.   
Water Resources (Control of Pollution) (Silage, Slurry and Agricultural Fuel Oil) (England) Regulations 2010 SI 639
Establishes construction and storage standards for silage-making and storage, slurry storage systems and agricultural fuel oil stores, with the aim of reducing water pollution.   
Water Resources (Control of Pollution) (Silage, Slurry and Agricultural Fuel Oil) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2010 SI 1091
Amends 2010/639, by correcting defects in definition and offences clauses.   
Water Resources (Environmental Impact Assessment) (England and Wales) Regulations 2003 SI 164
Requires an assessment of the likely environmental impact of projects abstracting over 20 cubic metres of water in 24 hours and agricultural water management projects, including irrigation projects.  

Explosion safety (ATEX)

Explosion safety (ATEX)

Numerous national regulations concerning explosion control have been unified in Europe. Since July 1st, 2003 the application of 94/9/EG (ATEX 95, former 100a) and 99/92/EG (ATEX 137, former 118a) are obligatory. ATEX 95 (abbreviation for the French ATmosphère EXplosible) regulates requirements for products and mainly addresses manufacturers. ATEX 137 sets requirements and is relevant to operating companies.
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